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2 November 2010

Explore the Sir John Soane Museum by candlelight

When the clocks go back, the dark nights can be depressing, but they are also a positive thing. For tonight is the first time in months you have been able to fully enjoy the special candlelit openings at the Sir John Soane Museum in proper darkness.

As any London geek will know, from the proceeds of his work as a celebrated architect, Soane bought 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, and the neighbouring house, and used them to amass his interesting collection of possessions. He did so well that by his death in 1837 he was able to arrange for an act of Parliament to leave his collection to the nation

The openings take place on the first Tuesday evening of each month, from 6pm until 9pm, and are free, but you have to get there in plenty of time in order to get in, as the queues sometimes snake down the street.

The museum is perfect to be enjoyed by candlelight, however, with the flames flickering over the nooks and crannies and collections. For full details, see http://www.soane.org/

^Picture reproduced under Wikimedia Commons^

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