Devoted to the brands and designs that have shaped British culture over the last two centuries—the Museum of Brands is conveniently located near Portobello Road. The collection whisks visitors down memory lane, presenting classic designs, retro favorites, and iconic advertisements to stir up nostalgia or acquaint the young with the old.
There’s plenty to see at the Museum of Brands; allow an hour or two to explore and opt for a prepaid skip-the-line ticket to save time. Highlights include the Time Tunnel, filled with items from Victorian times through the war years, and on into the 50s, 60s, and beyond. Toys, games, food products, advertisements from radio and television, magazines showcasing evolving fashion, posters, and pop culture memorabilia are all part of the chronological exhibits.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is an admission fee for the Museum of Brands, with reduced entrance for children.
- On-site facilities include a museum cafe, gift shop, and garden.
- The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Museum is located in Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, a short walk from Portobello Market. The closest tube station is Ladbroke Grove, two blocks away.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily, year-round. It’s busiest on weekends, particularly spring through fall, so aim for a weekday morning to dodge the crowds.
Temporary Exhibitions and Events
The Museum of Brands also hosts regular temporary exhibitions with past themes including women in advertising, sustainable packaging, and propaganda in advertising. Regular talks and master classes are held at the museum, as well as hands-on activities including weekly yoga classes, live music workshops, and even food tastings.