Design Museum

Address: 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0870 833 9955

- Expensive


A light and airy riverside museum for lovers of design.

Into art and design? This relaxed waterfront museum doesn't have the space to display a permanent collection but instead offers two temporary exhibitions on modern design themes that tend to be serious and thoughtful. I'd only make a pilgrimage to its bright white walls if there was something on of particular interest, although the museum is also an attractive endpoint if you are walking east along the river. There's a useful cafe with good cakes and a shop selling tasteful toys, gifts that are a bit different, plus a wide range of books on art, fashion and design. If you know who Jean Prouvé was, or suddenly need to buy a lime green rubber egg-poacher, this is your kind of place.

Value for money

Price advice

Admission to both exhibitions costs £11 adults, £10 concessions, £7 students. This includes a £1 'voluntary' donation per ticket to raise funds for the care and display of the museum's collection. Under 12s are free.

Expert tips

There's an enjoyable modern European restaurant, Blueprint Cafe ( on the floor above.

Get more from your visit by downloading podcasts about the current exhibitions from the museum's website.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture