This is a surprising, quirky and compact museum. The personal collection of one man who crammed his home with ancient artifacts and paintings by artists such as Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. When Sir John Soane ran out of room he purchased the neighbouring terraced town houses and extended into them. Being an architect he ingeniously used skylights and mirrors to illuminate his collection, which he passed to the nation upon his demise.
Entrance is free, but due to the confined space you will need to queue outside before gaining entry, which is strictly controlled so that the maximum permitted capacity is not exceeded. There are rules about what bags can be taken in (so best not to have one at all) and even the smallest bag has to be covered with the provided plastic bag. There is a toilet and a classy souvenir shop, but not much else by way of facilities. Items are unlabelled, but there's an excellent guide book at just £3.