Mention the British Museum at a dinner party and you can bet your bottom Dorito that someone will dismiss it as a vast hoard of stolen goods. Arguments have rumbled on for years about whether to return antiquities to their countries of origin. But not everything in the British Museum was swiped from the Parthenon or plucked from an Egyptian tomb. Many exhibits in the British Museum are indeed British, and some have a London flavour. Here are a few favourites we've found during our ongoing (and ridiculous) mission to examine every object on public display, presented in something like chronological order.
We'd also recommend a tour of the clock galleries, where many of the exhibits were constructed in the skilled workshops of Clerkenwell. The Enlightenment Galleries contain dozens of further London-related objects beyond the Dr Dee stuff mentioned above. The museum also holds plenty of London objects not currently on display. Among them are such artefacts as a replica Didier Drogba Chelsea shirt from "AD 2010", and application letters to join the BM's library from the likes of Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle.