London Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
After I have spent one year living and traveling in London, I had time to visit some lesser known attractions as well, such as London Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. While I was exploring London the “London Attractions 2 for 1 Leaflet” was my guide and I was making all the planning according to it, and that is where I found this museum.
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I remember that many Londoners were surprised that this kind of a museum even exists. Even when we asked for directions from people that were working near by the museum we got some eye rolling and disbelief.
Well, thanks to Robert Opie, a founder and director of the museum, we can find all the things that people usually throw out and have a vivid insight into the history of consumer culture. The reason he created this museum is to offer entertainment to nostalgia-seekers but at the same time this museum is a place that can serve as an inspiration to new designers. Usually when we see things from the past we have the idea for the next step.
I do not belong in any of these groups but I found it interesting to look back at all the different packaging of products and see how they changed over the years. You will need between 1 and 2 hours to see all the exhibits, but you can easily get carried away and spend even more time in the Brand Museum. It is definitely a hidden gem in London.
Probably the most interesting exhibit to me was the one with the soda cans. This is where you can see how Coca-Cola cans are different in style but they left the brand mark the same.
At the time when we visited the museum it was located in Notting Hill, but since 2015 it is moved to 111-117 Lancaster Rd, London W11 1QT, UK.
At the end of your visit you can even buy some retro inspired items in the gift shop.
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