A few weeks ago, I stopped by the brand new Design Museum, in Holland Park, to see what all the hype was about. The museum has just moved from the old and slightly claustrophobic building by the river into this new, minimalistic and modern building designed by Mr John Pawson. Pawson’s cathedral like museum came at a cost of £83 million but the result is outstanding… The Danish oak, white walls and concrete are simply stunning.Upon entering the building, you feel calm and relaxed. People mingle in the beautiful lobby, arching their necks to peer into the depths of the roof. Time feels slower and less important here.
Pawson’s aim for the building was to make it a place the public can enjoy without having to spend money. The museum has free exhibitions, paid exhibitions, dining venues and a rather lovely shop. I recommend going to Parabola – the chic dining and drinks venue on the top floor – as it has beautiful views over Holland Park, exquisite drinks + food and has been designed beautifully and is thus extremely comfy! Even if you don’t have time for the museum make sure you come here. If you do fancy taking a look around some of the exhibitions, you don’t need to plan what you want to do in advance – like you do at bigger museum like the British Museum – as it’s quite small and there will always be something interesting for everyone.
So is the hype worth it? Yes. The exhibitions are beautiful and interesting plus the design of the building makes it a must visit if your are in west London. The building is highly Instgrammable too which is always a positive! Make sure to let me know if you make a visit.
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