Covering product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design, the Design Museum is now located in Kensington having shifted from its earlier location by the River Thames near Tower Bridge that was founded in 1989. It opened in its Kensington location in November 2016. This move provided the museum with three times more space than in its previous location, to accommodate the new Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, 202-seat Bakala Auditorium and a dedicated gallery which displays its permanent collection and is accessible free of charge. Due to this shift in location to Kensington, the museum is now in the company of other cultural centres such as the Royal College of Art, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Serpentine Gallery. The other worth-visiting places in close proximity to the museum include the following.
Muffin Man Tea Room: This tea room located on Wrights Lane is an ideal spot to relax after a tiring day of sightseeing, and to enjoy top quality afternoon tea along with tasty scones that are one of the best available in London.
The Britannia: Another place to get rejuvenated after an arduous day of visiting the museum is this quintessential British pub, located on Allen Street, where you can enjoy a pint and play a game of scrabble.
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Kyoto Gardens: Located at Ilchester Place, just around the corner from the museum, Holland Park presents a great place to relax in the lap of Mother Nature, especially at its stunning Japanese Kyoto Gardens that offers magnificent manicured sections, a waterfall as well as a couple of peacocks roaming around.
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The Ivy Brasserie: Located on Kensington High Street, The Ivy Brasserie is just the place to visit if you are feeling hungry as it offers delicious all-day dining. Its truffle arancini balls are indeed very tasty.
Cass Art: If the Design Museum has inspired you to try your hand on some artwork, you should visit this nearby art shop located on Kensington High Street, where you can find all artists supplies including paints, tools, papers and gifts.
Daunt Books: It is located on Holland Park Avenue just a short walk up the picturesque Holland Walk and it offers an impressive selection of books on all subjects. Its design section offers an amazing collection of hardback books that you will enjoy reading.
Kensington Coffee: This lovely little cafe is located on Kensington Church Street where you can stop by for a cup of coffee and some snacks. In its cosy surroundings, you can get gluten-free products.
Yashin: If you wish to have a healthy lunch or an early dinner during or after your visit to the Design Museum, you can visit this tiny sushi restaurant on Argyll Street which uses only fresh daily produce and does not use Soy sauce in its cooking.