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“nostalgia central”

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
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$80.06*
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
Ranked #93 of 1,736 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Please see the website for up to date information. 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 200 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 27, 2013

If youre the kind of person who loves those conversations about what sweets you used to eat...were Wagon wheels a lot bigger in the 70's...were Opal fruits better than Starburst?...you have to go here...discount for National Trust members....but very very hard to find (really!)

3  Thank deniscroissant
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We came to this museum on a rainy afternoon and we couldn't have planned it better!! I had read about it here on tripadvisor and really wanted to visit this place as I am a big fan of vintage stuff. The museum has a fantastic collection of products through the decades over the last 100 years. A great trip down memory lane! They also showed some addvertisement on tv from the eighties, very entertaining yet interesting too! I loved the toycollections in particular! The staff were fantastic!

2  Thank Collin1987
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

For those old enough to walk down memory lane this is an instant hit of nostalgia. You'll be amazed how looking at the packaging and advertising floods your mouth with the taste of your childhood favourites. For anyone interested in design and social history this fascinating collection will keep you intrigued for a solid couple of hours.

The only people it won't suit are young children; if they need to touch and do and interact constantly, this isn't the place to bring them. Children who are developing a longer attention span and an appreciation for looking at lovely things, well displayed, will be happy and learn a lot about the recent past here.

The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and there's a small shop with a range of tempting nostalgic products and a cafe. If only they could serve the sweets and snacks of yesteryear too, this place would be a perfect time portal.

3  Thank HelenMcCarthy
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Last week we went to this museum. I personally expected it to be a little room full of memorabilia. It turned out to be an amazing collection of products through the decades over the last 100 years. Endless warrens of poignant items highlighting key periods and events over time. A great trip down memory lane. They even had some adds from the seventies, I had to smile! A must see!!!

1  Thank Andrew D
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Saw this place advertised in Timeout magazine. Lovely museum. It's great to see how the packaging and brand designs have changed over the years. Very quaint museum and beautifully done. Loved it because it was cosy too...not a big museum like the Natural History Museum or V&A. Very inspiring...

The best bit is hearing everyone go "I remember seeing that packaging back in the day!" hahaha very funny. And you'll be like that too when you go there! :)

2  Thank AmykWong
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