1. Design Museum
London is renowned for its world-class museums, including the Design Museum. Located in the former Commonwealth Institute, this unique destination is dedicated to contemporary design in every form and it’s worth visiting for the John Pawson-designed interiors alone.
The minimalist designer transformed the grade II-listed building to make way for a permanent gallery, two galleries for temporary exhibitions, a restaurant, library, archive, shop, studios for its residency programme and an auditorium. Beautifully engineered woodwork and concealed lighting link everything to the museum’s vast atrium, where stepped seating encourages visitors to linger.
The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, designmuseum.org