A visit to London means the chance to see some of the world’s best museums, often for free. From the dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum to the striking modern art at the Tate, there is plenty to explore, discover and broaden the mind. As a hotel near central London, we at Strand Palace can give you the best advice on visiting London’s museums. Each month, we feature one of our favourites and share some of our insider tips on how to visit.
This month… the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
The museum started out in Gloucester in 1984, and was the brainchild of consumer historian Robert Opie. However, it has been based in London since 2005. Now an established attraction in the trendy Notting Hill area, its humble beginnings actually stretch back to 1963 in Inverness, when the founder picked up a bag of Munchies – the very first item in his collection. Since then, the museum has amassed years and years’ worth of examples of material culture.
There are more than 12,000 different objects in the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising’s collection. Take a trip down memory lane in the ‘Time Tunnel’, where you will be surrounded by brands from the late 19th-century through to the present day. Highlights include a 1970s Chopper bike, breakfast cereal boxes from yesteryear and old chocolate bar wrappers that will bring childhood memories flooding back.
The museum also hosts special monthly theme nights called ‘Friday Late’ to highlight aspects of its collection in a relaxed setting with drinks and food. Upcoming ones include ‘Spicy Friday’ on 10 April and ‘Mad Men’ 15 May.
How to visit
The museum is very near Portobello Road, a main thoroughfare in Notting Hill. To get there from the Strand Palace Hotel, walk to the nearby Embankment Tube station and catch the Circle Line to Notting Hill Gate. From there, it is just over 10 minutes’ walk to the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. However, please be aware that the museum will be moving to the nearby Lancaster Road in September 2015.
It is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays. Regular adult entrance fee is £7.50 and there are discounted rates for concessions and children. Make the most of your visit to Notting Hill and explore the nearby Portobello Market while you’re there. Here, you can buy delicious food and browse vintage wares. You may even find something worthy of a place in the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.
For hotels near Notting Hill, Strand Palace Hotel is an excellent choice with plenty of convenient transport connections. Strand Palace Hotel is located right in centre of London too, so you can easily reach all the city’s other museums and top attractions.
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