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Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

2 Colville Mews | 11, London W11 2AR, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44(0)20 7908 0880
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Ranked #79 of 1,136 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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.You'll see Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, a 1970s Chopper bike and around 12, 000 other items that will open your eyes to the way we shopped.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.You can even hire the museum and its conference room for your meetings and parties!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. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Ealing, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

They couldn't have been more helpful leading up to and on the day of our team day. The room has some really creative interios in it, which helped to create a relaxed environment that everyone enjoyed. The catering was nice and offered a variety of options for different tastes. Overall I would recommend for anyone looking for somewhere to hold... More

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huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Went with my wife on a Saturday morning. It's a few minutes walk from Notting Hill tube but can be hard to find without a map. Although we weren't expecting much, we were amazed at the collection - laid out chronologically, with lots of interesting background studies. For those of us (well) over 30, it brings back lots of memories.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had a company away day at the museum to talk about branding and future ideas for our company, it took a good hour and a half to walk round and the meeting room was a great light and bright place to sit in! All the staff are friendly and very helpful! I would recommend it to any company.

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Osijek, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is actually a private collection of a single person, who is most of the time there, curating. So if you see him around be sure to ask any follow up questions you may have- This is an extensive collection of items through which you can see changes in design and change in our consumer habits.

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Solihull, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is an incredibly interesting museum of bygones which will appeal to all ages and I would imagine every visitor somewhere in the museum will have said 'I remember that' and more than likely that memory will be a fond one. At the end of the exhibition there is the opportunity to have an enjoyable cup of tea and watch... More

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Topanga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I was becoming overwhelmed by the crowds at the big museums, so my husband and I headed over the the Museum of Brands for a wonderfully peaceful and yet invigorating morning. Located on a mews off Lonsdale Road, a little hard to locate at first, the Museum of Brands sports a collection of products and packaging that goes back 200... More

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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I first heard about this on an Irish show and I visited as a result. It is a marketers / advertisers / branding museum from 1800s to present day. Many fine examples of packaging and product design. Many of which I remember. Interspersed with products and tv ads plus some printed materials. It is a small enough museum and I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Awesome! If you are in London, you must find time to see & admire the effort taken to put this museum collection together. Brilliant!

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Tucked away in a quiet part of Notting Hill, this museum was a lovely nostalgic trip, It takes about 2 hours to go round and for me was a very enjoyable trip down memory lane. As a child of the 60's I loved the toy section and seeing Tressy and Sindy again! The sweet section was also great to see... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Read about this on the train on the way to London, was visiting Portobello Market, and was looking for something additional to do in the area - what a find !!!! Bought back so many nostalgic memories of our childhood, and at the same time educated us in past and present news items. A well worth spend couple of hours... More

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