The London Design Museum showcases some of the best in architectural, graphic, product, fashion and industrial design through the ages. Every year at least 167,000 visitors flock to one of London’s best and most unique museums. Since 1989, the London Design Museum was situated in Tower Bridge in what used to be an old Banana warehouse. Recently however, the museum has relocated and has been considerably upped in scale. Now based in Kensington, here are a few of the reasons you should check out the brand new Design Museum.
New and exciting exhibitions
The new museums opening exhibition “Fear and love: reactions to a complex world” is one of many of the new and innovative additions to the already stellar programme. The fashion designer Hussein Chalayan also explores the theories and concepts behind repressed emotions with wearable devices, projecting ones inner emotions for all to see. The design of the year gallery is also back and visitors can interact with a giant robot which can sense and respond to movements of passers-by!
Due to the small size of the original building which overlooked the River Thames, the Design Museums original collection could not be seen in its full glory. Now, with extended space, much more of the permanent works can be seen under the breath taking museum roof, a piece of design genius in and of itself.
New café and restaurant
After perusing the multimedia exhibitions there is a new and improved selection of retaurants and cafes for visitors to unwind. The new and improved Parabola Bar and Restaurant was commissioned for design by Universal Design Studio. There is also a drink and food counter on the ground floor of the museum.
Two new shops
The new Design Museum has an additional shop attached where visitors can buy design related books and stationary materials. Perfect for the artistically inclined shopper!
A wide range of talks and classes
A staggering lineup of events and talks can be found at the Design Museum. These include the Sunday sketch where every third Sunday of the month an illustrator will give a guiding hand in your own creative endeavours.
A great central location
Guests at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate can get to the Design Museum via High Street Kensington tube stations district and circle line or a simple walk round Kensington Gardens. Kensington High street has much to offer as well, with Kyoto Gardens directly behind the museum.