Say what you want about the architecture, but don’t miss the Design Museum. It moved from the South Bank to Kensington, and the gift shop is amazing. It’s filled with artful items you won’t find anywhere else: tile coasters, paper vases, print rugs from Nepal. Lots of limited-edition prints relating to the shows, too. A lot of the museum is free, and the John Pawson-designed building, with its minimal marble and oak interiors, is quite a sight in itself.
For lovers of contemporary design, this museum is housed in a mid century modern architectural icon, the former Commonwealth Institute. Surrounding Holland Park with its giant chessboard, famous peacocks and Japanese Garden is an understated joy.
They sometimes have very interesting exhibitions as well (like Stanley Kubrick and his creative design process of film making). So worth checking out what's on.
The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London which covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. In 2018, the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award.
A short walk to the Design Museum at the southern end of Holland Park. “It is a museum of ideas rather than things,” and worth a visit if design is on your list of interests
My only mild gripe is it is slightly expensive. If you are going to go here plus all other museums, consider art pass membership
“The Fashion and Textile Museum is a contemporary fashion museum, 2 min walk from the flat. Founded by British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, the museum is part of the Newham College of Further Education – one of Europe's largest further education colleges.”
“Fan of football? This is the home of Queen's Park Rangers! Yes, I know this is not Queen's Park...”
“Climb onboard HMS Belfast and learn all about the UK’s navy and what life is like onboard a warship. ”
“Formerly the grounds of a 17th-century aristocrat's manor house and open to the public only since 1952, Holland Park is an often-overlooked gem in the heart of London. The northern "Wilderness" end offers woodland walks among native and exotic trees first planted in the early 18th century. Foxes, rabbits, and hedgehogs are among the residents. The central part of the park is given over to the manicured lawns—still stalked by raucous peacocks—one would expect at a stately home, although Holland House itself, originally built by James I's chancellor and later the site of a 19th-century salon frequented by Byron, Dickens, and Disraeli, was largely destroyed by German bombs in 1940. The east wing was reconstructed and has been incorporated into a youth hostel, while the remains of the front terrace provide an atmospheric backdrop for the open-air performances of the April–September Holland Park Opera Festival ”