I like visiting museum, I would visit most of them as I find fascinating stuff everywhere. But I would say that a Museum of Brands sounds even more intriguing. Sadly, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the museum. The museum is just outside Portobello market.
I would suggest allowing a couple of hours for the museum and another one for enjoying a drink in the beautiful garden. There are a few pictures from the garden, but not too many as there were quite a few visitors, despite being less than 1 hour before closing.
The museum is very interesting. There are brands from the Victorian times. The first part of the museum is arranged by decade. There are lots and lots of brands on display. There isn’t a particular type of product presented in the museum, so be prepared to see sweets, baked beans, drinks, board games. Some of the time periods are truly fascinating, like the ones from the World War I or World War II. There are also displays with memorabilia from different Royal events, like jubilees and weddings.
There is a second part of the museum, in which the brands are presented as they make their journeyed through time. It’s amazing that some of the brands can be easily recognized by their packaging, the alterations to the brand&colour palette being small. For example Colman’s mustard or Branston pickle, Oxo, Heinz or Kellogg’s. If you would see one of them in stores today, you would know what it is without reading the name of the brand.
Near the second section of the museum there is a TV what shows adverts. It is surprising what was considered ok a couple of decades ago. There are lots of adverts, so you can spend quite a while in there.
In this beautiful garden there are a few benches and a couple of tables. There are so many plants that is impossible not to have privacy and that is something amazing for London. There is a fig tree, a kiwi and a lemon, all outside.
The address of the Museum of Brands is 111-117 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1QT. Entry fee is £9. There is a discount if you are member of the National Trust. The museum of brands, packaging and advertising is included in the London pass. I wouldn’t recommend the museum if you have small kids, as they will get bored quite easy. The museum is really close to the tube station, only a few minutes away.