If you study the long history of London, you’ll find that the city is teeming with design innovations. With glitzy modern skyscrapers reaching higher than much of Europe, you might miss the hundreds of years of Victorian, Georgian and even Roman ingenuities that still make their mark on the city. Not only that but the city is the birthplace of some of the world’s best known fashion brands. Guests of the hotels near Oxford Street London will be well equipped to see justy how diverse and varied the city’s architecture and fashion is.
So if you’re an architecture student, a lover of art or even just aesthetic styles in general, where do you go to find out more about the city’s long history of architecture, applied arts and design? This blog will help guests of hotels in Hyde Park make a start on using London to learn more about design, architecture and fashion.
The Victoria & Albert Museum of Design is not only one of the best design museums in the world, it’s also one of the largest. With over 2.3 million objects on display, the V&A is a Victorian marvel that covers 12 and a half acres in South Kensington. Brimming with historic artefacts dating back thousands of years as well as temporary exhibitions that explore more contemporary feats of design and decorative art, the V&A is easy to reach from Hyde Park accommodation and central London hotels.
The London Design Museum
Situated in Kensington, the Design Museum explores the worlds of textiles, fashion, architecture and more. With its still relatively new site in Kensington, the move from a former banana warehouse in 2016 has expanded the space available to visitors. This means that there is even more room for its many stunning exhibits, exploring everything from the architecture of football stadiums to the history of fashion brands like Fred Perry.
The William Morris Museum
Easy to reach via the Victoria Line to Walthamstow, the William Morris Museum is housed in the former home of the Victorian era printmaker, writer and political activist. For fans of the arts and crafts movement and interior design, this museum charts the personal and professional life of this eccentric character from Britain’s artistic history.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Located in Holborn and therefore easy to reach from hotels and restaurants near Hyde Park, the Sir John Soane’s Museum explores the life of famous architect Sir John Soane, the man responsible for the design of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Dulwich Picture Gallery and many more iconic London buildings. The museum galleries are situated within the architect’s former house and present models of his work, drawings and some of his collection of paintings, artists of which include Hogarth and J.M.W Turner.
Museum Of The Home
The Museum Of The Home, formerly the Geffrye Museum is a free to visit exhibition that explores the history of interior design and the practicalities of home environments. The Shoreditch based museum explores everything from Victorian townhouse, garden and communal living designs as well as hosting temporary exhibitions on the subject of the home and living through the lens of art and architecture.