Museum goers will no longer be restricted to opening and closing times when they head to the capital, as they will soon be able to enjoy a visit to the Museum of London whatever time they want.
From 2023, the city’s iconic gallery will be open 24 hours a day, targeting visitors through the night, as well as the day.
The museum’s director Sharon Ament told The Times the site will be near to clubs in Farringdon and Smithfield meat market, so both clubbers and early risers can head there.
“I can’t think of a more 24-hour site,” she said, adding: “I believe the Museum of London should try and be like London itself, and that really does mean that we have to be more open.”
Over the next five years, the museum will undergo a £250 million upgrade. It has already secured £15 million of this funding from The Linbury Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Londoners will be familiar with the museum’s current location in the Barbican, where it has been for many years.
However, it will not move too far away, relocating in Farringdon, less than a mile from its original position.
Ms Ament said the decision to transfer the display cases across the city was due to the fact it is currently “one of the least publicly accessible buildings in the world”.
Once it opens in Farringdon, the Thameslink line will run beneath it, slowing down as it travels past the gallery. This will enable passengers to look at some of the exhibitions – including human remains, statues and artefacts – on their commute.
Similarly, dogs might be able to visit, while those on their way to work could walk through the building, taking in some of the world’s history as they do so.
Even when the new and improved gallery opens, it will have stiff competition on its doorstep, as the British Museum was recently crowned the best in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.