‘A destination for the incurably curious’. The personal collection of over one million objects that Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) collected in his lifetime represents the core of The Wellcome Collection, a true wunderkammer cabinet of curiosities, all revolving around the history of medicine. Pirouette readers in London, or visiting from abroad – be sure to see the permanent collection, and stop for a bite at the organic cafe.

It has become one of central London’s most vibrant meeting places. A great spot to refuel, converse, and engage in some proactive people watching in the company of Anthony Gormley’s metal avatar, looking down from overhead. The collection’s rotating exhibits – the latest on the anatomy of crime – have been uniformly excellent. All of this is well known, and make the Wellcome one of the most visited spots in Fitzrovia. Less well known, however, is that the newly reopened and redesigned library is a world unto itself. “An innovative hybrid of gallery, library and events space, the Reading Room is designed to encourage you to indulge your curiosity and explore more than ever before…. an open invitation to dig a little deeper into what it means to be human.”  The library may just be the best thing about this venerable institution, one part museum, one part playroom, one part English country home and members club. It captures well the spirit of science, seriousness and silliness that Pirouette has remarked on elsewhere. Such a beautiful and fascinating space, so comfortably appointed – one could happily spend a lifetime exploring here.