London is a veritable treasure trove of inspiration, with centuries of historical design heritage jostling for position with the very cutting edge of the industry. From iconic buildings and landmarks to the latest exhibitions and new collections, with so much to explore and discover it can all get a bit overwhelming! To help you pinpoint that specific style or unearth something new you have never seen before, let us be your guide to London’s best design inspiration Locations.
This week, we waltz through West London. It is no coincidence that Drummonds set up shop in W2 and SW6, West London is a hotbed of design just waiting to be unearthed.
Heralded as ‘The world’s leading museum of art and design’ The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) houses over 2.3 million objects spanning over 5,000 years of human creativity, a culture explosion which is truly awe-inspiring. Wandering freely through their vast halls (even the architecture of the building itself is beautiful!) you can expect to come across furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, ceramics, metalwork, glass, sculpture, digital design, painting… it would be impossible to overstate the diversity on display here. Whether you stay for an hour or a day, it would be impossible not to see something that takes your eye, worms its way into your conscience, and finds its way into your designs.
The V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Tucked away in Kensington Garden, Hyde Park, the Serpentine Galleries are without a doubt the most picturesque place to contemplate contemporary art. The Serpentine Sackler gallery, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, is a contemporary architecture marvel in itself, and with galleries refreshed regularly, you would be missing a trick not to keep a keen eye on their listings. You can also see the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary structure built and displayed for just three months by winners of the annual Pavilion competition, until October.
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, W2 2AR
For a truly memorable interior, a visit to Leighton House, ‘a private palace of art’ is a must. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the UK, Leighton House has been preserved since the Victorian period where even Queen Victoria herself was said to have made a visit to see the works of some of the most prolific artists of the period. For interiors inspired by the Victorians this is an absolute must.
Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ
The Mosaic Rooms are a cultural space devoted to contemporary culture connected to the Arab world. Their varied programmes cover art, design, film, literary events and even supper clubs, for as deep an immersion in the vast wealth of culture from the East as you can get without leaving London.
The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW
Ready to hit the shops?
When you’re ready to put your fresh ideas into action, you will find a host of world class shops and showrooms in West London’s design hub, the Chelsea Design Quarter; showcasing the finest in traditional and contemporary design. From bathrooms to beds and furniture to flooring, it’s all here on the King’s Road! Keep up with the latest new collections by checking the news section on the website and following @ChelseaQuarter.
King’s Road, SW5/6
At the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, you can find 120 showrooms, allowing you to source the finest in interiors from all over the world, all under one roof!
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10 0XE
Phew! Now, for a sit-down and something to eat…
Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and decorated with artwork from Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, Sexy Fish is the most extravagant way to splash out after a day’s designing. It’s mid-century glamour inspired interior is irresistibly opulent, with deep rich colours and a lava stone bar. Water runs continually down the window panes, whilst downstairs, you can dine alongside live coral reef-lined fish tanks. Booking essential!
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1
Something to drink?
For a less grand but no less eccentric evening Mr Fogg’s Tavern, designed by Charlie Gilkes (Cahoots, Maggie’s) plays delightful tribute to English design and cultural heritage. Featuring a wood panelled interior and genuine 19th-century artefacts, there is a wealth of Victorian theatricality and intrigue about the place to delight the senses and unwind the mind.
58 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA
Where are your essential design inspiration hot spots? Tweet us or leave us a comment on Facebook using the #drummondslondon. We would love to know!