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London Film Museum in Covent Garden, London WC2E

Covent Garden, home to cultural attractions like the London Film Museum, trendy bars, retail and eating outlets and the impressive 19th century Piazza, familiar to those who have read Pygmalion or watched ‘My Fair Lady’ is highly sought-after by buyers interested in purchasing upmarket property close to all the West End has to offer.

Packed with artfully arranged movie and TV show memorabilia, the London Film Museum at 45, Wellington Street affords visitors a glimpse of the nation’s rich cinema heritage. Housed in a well-lit basement is the museum’s permanent collection comprising original props and costumes, movie sets and beautifully preserved film equipment.

The museum’s spectacular exhibitions, especially the current ‘Bond in Motion’ are a hit with locals and tourists of all ages. If you are planning to visit this extremely popular exhibition, buy your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait at the counter.

Admission prices are steep, but worth every penny as you get to view at close quarters the magnificent collection of vehicles, including the yellow and black Rolls Royce Phantom III (from Goldfinger), Lotus Esprit submarine car (displayed in an atmospheric blue room) and SPECTRE cars used in the 007 films. Also part of the exhibition is a carefully selected assortment of concept art, props such as the iconic SPECTRE ring, gadgets and impressive scale models.

Before you head out, why not indulge in a pastry and cup of fresh coffee at the museum’s café where you can see more models and drop into the souvenir shop stocked with branded Bond merchandise for a timeless keepsake.

Opening times: Daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, except Saturdays (open till 7:00 PM)

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Admission fee: Free for the museum’s permanent collection. For the ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition, there is a fee. Visit Tickets for the latest information.

Getting there: Access to London Film Museum is fairly easy, with several stations like Covent Garden Tube station and Charing Cross railway station within walking distance. If you are travelling by bus, RV1 is your best bet as it halts approximately a minute away from the museum.

For information on property for sale or to rent near Wellington Street in Covent Garden, please contact CityWest Residential, leading estate agents in Westminster.

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