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Friday fave: London Wellcome Collection

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Step into the Wellcome Collection and you’ll be greeted by a bronze statue standing upside down from the ceiling.  You won’t be able to help but laugh.  It just looks so funny standing there!  Within a minute of entering the building I was already pleasantly surprised by the Wellcome Collection.
London Wellcome Collection upside down sculpturepintopinterestFor years I resisted visiting, even though it’s just a 5 minute walk from my flat, because it’ll be too “sciencey” and therefore not interesting to me.  Last week, as I was in the desperate throes of procrastination, I headed out with my camera and basically couldn’t put it down once I arrived.  This spiral staircase alone was worth coming for a little shoot. (As a side note, I love how photography friendly London museums have become!!)Wellcome Collection London staircasepintopinterest

The Wellcome Collection is a free museum that links connections between science, life and art in a fun, quirky manner.  Interspersed around the museum are medical artifacts, paintings, sculptures and books, lots and lots of books.  In addition to housing a library there is also a whole room for visitors to relax and read in calming silence.
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I spent the majority of my time circling the room, flipping through books and trying not to break the random artifacts that were lying around.  At some point during my visit I realized just how much I miss being surrounded by books and made a mental note to come back to read and for some me time – without my camera.

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Reading Room

Inside the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collectionpintopinterest

Inside the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection

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For those looking for a bite there’s a cafe in the ground floor and a light filled restaurant, Wellcome Kitchen, across from the Reading Room.  I refueled in the restaurant which produced a surprisingly decent spring risotto but lackluster service. (By the way if you’ve visited a museum in London that serves good food I’d love to hear from you!)
Wellcome Kitchen restaurant interiorpintopinterest

Wellcome Kitchen dresspintopinterest
The current exhibitions include one on human sexuality and one on forensics.  The CSI fan in me couldn’t resist stopping in Forensics: The Anatomy of a Crime.  There were several items displayed that were relevant to the Jack the Ripper cases including a plate camera used to document evidence on his last victim.  The exhibition is on until the 21st June, I highly recommend stopping by.  I didn’t have time to peruse the others but don’t doubt I’ll be back to visit before long.Wellcome Collection Medicine ManpintopinterestWellcome_Collection_London_candidsbyjo-7pintopinterestWellcome Collection
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  • The Cutty Sark in Greenwich has a great cafe – it’s all simple food but it’s yummy and the service is top notch. Just don’t go during summer holidays! Plus you can sit up the front of the DLR and pretend you’re driving it (which never got old after three years living on the DLR line)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Oh I had just passed the cafe the other day! Will have to stop by next time to try it … and pretend DLR drive of course 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!ReplyCancel

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