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Published: 28 March 2020

By Andy Ross

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London life

The capital is, like most of the world, quiet, but there are still surprises to be had in the city.

Each day, in the afternoon after mornings spent working from home, we go out for exercise. Avoiding people (sometimes taking to crossing roads to do so!) and using the backstreets, we have been exploring our neighbourhood of Waterloo, finding wonderful new things to revisit once this is all over. 

On one of our walks we found The Cinema Museum, one-time workhouse and home of Charlie Chaplin. This small museum, housed in a set of beautiful Victorian Gothic buildings, has not only films, but also equipment, advertising and uniforms. It is a definite must-see when it reopens. 

A little further on is this almost-unique small triangular park: Walcot Square. Originally famland, the square is bounded by historic houses.  Of particular interest is that the land was left to Lambeth and Southwark in 1667 by Edmund Walcott, a wealthy haberdasher! 353 years later this bequest has become a charitable foundation.  You can read more about this fascinating history here. 

There is much more to find out about this area of London. Updates to follow as we explore.