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The Royal Westminster Aquarium

Come on a visit to the amusement halls of the Royal Westminster Aquarium where you’ll be in good company with educated dogs, ladies on bicycles, frozen flowers, and – possibly – some fish…

John Groom’s Flower Girls’ Mission

Discover the alley which housed the clubroom of the John Groom Watercress and Flower Girls’ Christian Mission from 1866, where flower women could go for an early morning breakfast-and-bible-lesson after buying their flowers at the market.

Flowers at the East End Maternity Hospital

Discover the work of Miranda and Octavia Hill’s Kyrle Society, and their mission to ‘bring beauty home to the people’ in the late-nineteenth century.

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The Salmon School

In the 17th century, the Salmon school was one of the biggest and most renowned girls’ schools in the London area and the country. The school taught girls from middling and elite families for approximately 40 years.