Overlooking Tower Bridge, the London Design Museum is widely recognised as the world’s first contemporary design museum, setting out to celebrate and educate on leading designers and architects.
Its calendar of changing temporary exhibitions covers all aspects of contemporary design, from fashion to architecture. The museum sees design as part of our future as well as part of our everyday lives, so through exhibitions and lectures it preaches notions of innovation and sustainability.
The Design Museum’s only ‘permanent display’ is the public toilets, designed by Marc Newson. They are so renowned that a good portion of the 200,000 annual visitors comes specifically to see them.
We’re eagerly awaiting the museum’s big move in 2014 to the former Commonwealth Institute in West London. This new space will triple the size, making plenty more room for its 2,000 strong collection of stylised everyday objects.
The Blueprint Café, whose head chef, Mark Jarvis, has cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants, is one of our favourite London museum eateries. It’s very affordable – we might even go as far as to say that the set menu is cheap, but this doesn’t mean that any corners are cut on the food though, as it’s quite fantastic. The views of London are stunning and vast, and thanks to the quirky blue binoculars on every table, it can be enjoyed for hours.
Monday – Saturday 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 22.30
Sunday 12.00 – 16.00
The Design Museum’s café has great outdoor seating, where you can absorb the atmosphere on the bank of the Thames. The food is served in good sized portioned, whilst still remaining affordable. We recommend the delicious and personalisable salads.
Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.30
This shop is up there with the best, with a large and wonderful selection of handpicked items. The beautifully lavish books on design and fashion are some of the best around, and a real investment. We dare you not to feel the temptation to upgrade all of your everyday household objects, your coffee mugs or teapots, with the versions at this shop in the height of design.
28 Shad Thames
+44 (0) 20 7940 8790
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.45
£ 11 (incl. £ 1 donation)
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee Line, Northern Line), Bermondsey (Jubilee Line)
Train: London Bridge