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The Design Museum is in the upscale neighborhood of Kensington, not far from the center of London. Opened in 1989, the museum was originally in a former banana warehouse close to the river Thames but moved to its current location in 2011. This put it close to the other museums of Kensington's cultural quarter.
As you'd expect, the museum is dedicated to design, whether industrial, graphic, fashion, product, or architectural. The museum's top floor is occupied by the Designer Maker User exhibit, which uses objects to guide visitors through a history of contemporary design. The museum has also garnered praise for its Design Ventura project, which challenges schoolkids to design a new product to be sold in the museum store.
As well as the exhibits, the museum houses an important reference library for students and educators. It also has a 200-seat auditorium that holds talks and seminars on topics related to design.
The Design Museum is an attraction in its own right, but it benefits from being close to many other attractions in the Kensington area and throughout greater London. It makes a great place to visit as part of a larger London trip.
London is a large city made up of many different neighborhoods, and Kensington has plenty to do without leaving this ritzy area. Home to many impressive museums, Kensington also offers excellent shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation.
Take a breather in Kensington Gardens. The well-manicured gardens of Kensington Palace are open to the public and provide the perfect place to relax among the greenery. Take a break from the bustle of London and enjoy a picnic on the grass, or wander the many paths and enjoy the artful landscaping of this Royal Park.
Explore the wonders of science at the Science Museum. This free museum is one of the city's major tourist attractions, and is especially popular with families. See the history of the modern world from the steam engine to the moon landing, or celebrate the story of flight. The interactive Wonderlab is also one of the museum's most popular galleries, and allows kids and adults to investigate scientific principles hands-on.
Expand your appreciation of contemporary art at the Serpentine Galleries. Located in Hyde Park, these twin galleries allow visitors to get up to speed on what's happening in the modern art world. Like many London galleries and museums, the Serpentine galleries are free to visit.
Soak up the unrivaled atmosphere at the Notting Hill Carnival. If you're lucky enough to be in the area on the right weekend in August, you simply have to visit the Notting Hill Carnival. This celebration of London's Caribbean community attracts millions of visitors each year, making it one of the world's largest street festivals. With incredible food, music, and dancing, this is one of London's most celebrated events.
Cap off a great day with a meal at the iconic River Café. Located on the banks of the Thames, this Italian restaurant has earned a Michelin star and has trained celebrity chefs like April Bloomfield and Jamie Oliver. The views of the river only enhance the exquisite cuisine served here.
High Street Kensington station is the nearest underground station to the museum and is approximately a 10-minute walk away.
The area is also served by Holland Park, Kensington Olympia, and Earls Court Underground stations, which are all around 15 minutes from the museum on foot.
Bus routes 9, 10, 27, 28, and 49 all stop close to the Design Museum.
The Design Museum doesn't have a cloakroom, and large bags are prohibited. Besides, the last thing you want to do is carry heavy bags around with you for hours. Drop off your luggage at a luggage storage location near the Design Museum so you can explore more comfortably without being weighed down.
River tour: The River Thames has been the lifeblood of London for millennia, and it remains one of the best ways to see the city. Many companies offer boat tours that will take you along the river, explaining the history and importance of some of the city's most iconic buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the Tower of London. Try to visit at sunset to see the buildings lit up and at their best. Of course, a boat is no place for heavy bags, so make sure you drop off your possessions at a secure luggage storage in London before getting out on the water.
Buckingham Palace: The official London residence of the Queen and the royal family, many of the palace’s ornate rooms are open to the public, including the massive royal art collection that includes priceless works of art from around the world. And don't miss the elaborate Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place in front of the palace every day. This is one of London's most popular spectacles, so make sure you drop off any bags at a London luggage storage shop before visiting.
London Eye: This giant Ferris wheel sits on the south bank of the Thames and offers unsurpassed views of the city from its slowly rotating glass pods. This is one of the city's more popular attractions, so make sure you book a ticket in advance so that you don't miss out. For security reasons, large bags are prohibited, so drop them off at a convenient luggage storage before you go.
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Great location near the airport, in London. In front we got a bus to move to the center of the city.
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Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Design Museum area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Design Museum and in the broader London area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping gurantee.
The top-ranked middle to high-range hotels near Design Museum are EasyHotel, EasyHotel.com, and Aquarius Hotel. When traveling on a budget, the best hostels near Design Museum are Safestay London Holland Park, Barmy Badgers Backpackers, and Olave House.
The most popular restaurants to visit when near Design Museum are Westfield London, Dishoom, and My Old Dutch.
Check out the nearby Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and Holland Park.
While nearby, you can check out Design Museum, Leighton House Museum, and Japan House.