I organise walks for my local residents association and one of our walkers suggested we might have a walk which ended up at at place of interest and came up with the Cinema Museum near the Elephant & Castle, SE London. This transpired to be an excellent suggestion and we had a really enjoyable day, and one that visitors to London would, I feel sure, thrououghly enjoy.
The Museum is set in the old Lambeth Workhouse – where Charlie Chaplin (and his mother and brother, Sidney) had been sent briefly when he was 5. The registered charity has fought hard for years for the upkeep of its collection at this very special site despite the threat of development. It has attracted important attention and was voted as the ‘Most Loved Culture Spot’ by Time Out readers. It benifits from wheelchair access.
Visitors wanting to look at the collection of equipment, uniforms, publications, see a film or have a (thoroughly recommended) tour with one one of their knowlegeable and enthusiastic volunteers are advised to take a look at their website:
“For more information”:http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/
Our day was made even more special by luckily finding a most excellent cafe just 3 minutes away from the Museum at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre where we had a delicious and reasonably priced lunch in a friendly, tranquil setting: http://www.cafeatjamyang.co.uk/
Our walk? Oh yes, that was the point of our day after all!! We walked from the Old Kent Road through Burgess Park (what a splendid park this is with such great facilities), through Kennington Park (the site of the great Chartist March celebrated 170 years ago this April) and on through some surprising Victorian and Georgian roads and squares just off of Kenington Park Road. A walk of about 3 miles, mostly through parkland with a couple of main roads – but all on the flat! Returning home was easy with tube and bus routes aplenty less than 10 minutes away at the Elephant & Castle.