Located in Shoreditch, the Geffrye Museum tells the story of how our homes have changed from the 17th century up to the present day. Housed in an 18th century almshouse and surrounded by beautiful gardens, this is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the East End and the front gardens, with their magnificent plane trees, are open daily from 8am–5pm. There's also a well-stocked herb garden with over 170 different types of plants and a series of period gardens, pieced together from garden plans, planting lists, maps and drawings, reflecting what urban middle class gardens would have been like over the centuries. The historic gardens are free to enter and open from April, Tuesdays–sundays and Bank Holidays, 10am–5pm. » geffrye-museum.org.uk.