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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

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Address: 111-117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7908 0880
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: THE MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. WE WILL REOPEN AT LARGER PREMISES...
THE MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. WE WILL REOPEN AT LARGER PREMISES AT 111-117 LANCASTER ROAD, W11 1QT IN OCTOBER Just around the corner from the world-famous Portobello Road Market stands a unique, Aladdin's cave of retro design and memories - the only museum of its kind in the whole world. Imagine walking through a corridor full from floor to ceiling with the treats that the British have filled their shopping baskets with for the last 150 years. Every corner you turn in the Time Tunnel leads you into a different decade. Discover what has made shoppers tick for the last 200 years and surround yourself in the classic designs, vintage adverts and retro stylings that fill our museum. The Museum is available to hire for evening events and there's a fabulous conference room for daytime events! So whether you visit to awaken childhood memories or to inspire your own designs, we welcome you to the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Opening Times Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm Monday: Closed, except bank holidays We are closed during the Notting Hill Carnival, 24, 25 and 26 December and New Year's Day. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.
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Just like walking back in time - Thanks to those who saved these things!!

During April 2015 we saw through London's Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Being a great sentimentalist, I loved seeing the old brands again, although I didn't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

During April 2015 we saw through London's Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Being a great sentimentalist, I loved seeing the old brands again, although I didn't recognise some of those products which didn't make it to Australia. This museum is a must to those who would love to briefly revisit the past!! Shawn and Juliana, Port Macquarie, N.S.W. Australia.

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Chelmsford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had first visited the earlier incarnation of this museum when it was in Gloucester Docks; we had been meaning to visit here following its relocation, and are very glad we did! The welcome from the lovely lady on the ticket/reception desk was first class; we spent about 2 hours "oohing and aahing" about things we remembered from our childhoods... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My husband and I visited two days before the museum closed for the summer, in the autumn (we were informed) they will be opening in new premises. It was a fascinating museum with so many brands of food stuffs, household goods - even pottery - that we both remember from childhood. More information about the displays would have been good,... More 

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Charlton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I'm a graphic designer so when I discovered this museum I had wanted to visit for a while. I went with my partner and we enjoyed it only crisism is there is so much too see and little information but what was there was very good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Quite informative and unique. Very small and quite cluttered. It takes you back in time and you can see how packaging evolved.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We had a Groupon voucher for this place - and didn't really know what to expect. (In fact, more than that - neither of us had ever heard of it before.) All we did know, is that our voucher was soon to expire, and they are closing for the summer and moving to a new, nearby location to re-open in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We hadn't heard of this museum before but our visit today was great. This museum of Brands evokes many memories of our childhood and reminds us all of how things have changed over the years. There is plenty of information as you go around about how some brands came into being and where some have developed to now. Would highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Our 15 year old daughter found this museum online and wanted to go. I wasn't sure I'd find it interesting but, as usual, she was right. Although small, it has an amazing collection tracing the history of brands from Edwardian times forward. Very interesting lens through which to view the changing eras.

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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

What a lovely little museum. Lots and lots of different brand names of food packaging, toys and pictures. Starting off in Victorian times to the years 2000, some of the packaging is still similar today, and some have changed slightly and then more so. Interesting to see how the sizes of products have diminished over the years. The chocolate bars... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I took a group of American students who were visiting for a summer school at the University of Roehampton. I was slightly worried the content of the museum might be too unfamiliar to them, but they took to it with a lot of interest. The earlier sections (Victorian and Edwardian) had them most engaged. They were a very mixed group... More 

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