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Published February 25th 2013
A free attraction for film fans
For sure London can be expensive but there are also plenty of things to do where little or no money is involved, and the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is a perfect example.


Around half of the collection at the London Film Museum belongs to former commercial and advertising photographer Jonathan Sands, who did much of his work at the world famous Elstree Film Studios in 1997.

Sands ended up buying a prop and event company called Weird and Wonderful in 2001 and it was this purchase that enabled him to build two film museums, one on the South Bank which opened several years ago, and this one in Covent Garden, which opened in 2012.

While the South Bank location requires an admission fee, the Covent Garden museum is won't cost you a penny.

Exhibitions are always changing, so you never quite know what you're going to get, but hey, if you're in Covent Garden doing other things, you've nothing to lose by popping in to the London Film Museum for a quick look around. Previous displays have included a look at the life of movie icon Marilyn Monroe, and an exploration of Covent Garden as a movie location.


The permanent exhibition at the museum, called Capturing the Shadows, takes a look at the old established media shadow theatre and the optical lantern, photography, and kinetic animation noting how they all helped towards the invention of cinematography.

If you're into movies, and interested in the stories behind as well as in front of the camera, then consider dropping by the London Film Museum when you have chance.
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Why? It's another (free) place to try when you're in central London
When: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm / Sunday 11am to 6pm
Phone: 020 3617 3010
Where: 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, LondOn WC2E 7Bn
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I thought I knew loads about London Trev, but this sounds like another hidden gem that I should visit.
by Sandra Lawson (score: 3|1278) 1987 days ago
The museum has experienced some growing pains for sure, but has worked through most of them at this point (including making it free!). The current exhibit, Lights, Camera, London, is excellent!
by CaryG (score: 1|10) 1990 days ago
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