Are you an avid collector of little souvenirs that remind you of some of the incredible places or experiences you’ve enjoyed during a city break?
If so, then you’ll definitely want to spend some time browsing the best museum shops in London. They are a great way to pick up a few mementoes of your time spent in the city, as well as a treasure trove of gift ideas for friends and loved ones who weren’t lucky enough to come along with you.
Not only do these venues offer everything you’d expect to see from a museum shop such as fridge magnets and pens, but many of them offer an incredible selection of homewares, artworks and even just for fun pieces of spyware ideal for children who want to check up on their siblings.
Here is a rundown of a few of our favourite museum shops for those staying at the Montcalm luxury hotel London.
The Science Museum
64 Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Located in South Kensington, the Science Museum is dedicated to the latest and greatest discoveries and is packed full of interactive and engaging exhibitions that will appeal to budding scientists, tech lovers and those who want to get hands-on with a few experiments during their stay at our Montcalm luxury hotel London.
Once, you’ve enjoyed everything this popular museum has to offer, the bright and spacious gift shop awaits and offers the chance to try out a little science for yourself at home.
With experiment kits for kids, reflective spy glasses and a vast collection of books on all areas of science to be enjoyed, this museum gift shop also has an impressive selection of drones that will excite big and little kids alike. Make sure that you take advantage of our special offers London hotels if you want a little extra in your bank account to spend on these fun pieces of tech.
The British Library
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
If you are a bit of a literature lover and love the scent of printed paper, then the British Library shop is a must-visit stop on your tour of the city.
The library itself is impressive, but if you want to add to your own collection of books back home, you’ll find everything from Bronte to Ben Judah nestled amongst the shelves of this popular museum shop.
There are also plenty of quirky homewares available for the avid reader such as mugs with famous quotations and tote bags for transporting your newly purchased paperbacks back to the Montcalm luxury hotel London.
The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG
Filled to the brim with functional, practical and above all stylish pieces of homewares, you’ll find everything from desk lamps to notepads at the Design Museum shop.
If you work in or have an interest in the design industry, then you’ll love the array of books available from this particular store as they cover every subject from typefaces to the design of the New York subway system, plus many other titles that you’d struggle to find anywhere else.
To reach the Design museum from our Montcalm luxury hotel London, take the Tube from Old Street Station and use the Northern line. This will get you just a short walk away from the museum shop in a little over 45 minutes.
The V&A Museum
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
One of the most popular and visited museums in the entire city, the V&A Museum is dedicated to applied and decorative arts and design.
The largest museum of its type in the world, there are over 2.7 million artefacts and objects to be explored inside the decorative and expansive building, and the museum shop certainly doesn’t disappoint either!
Packed full of vibrant prints and frames artwork, homewares including weird and wonderful dinner services and glass wear and even handcrafted jewellery, a visit to the V&A museum shop is more like a department store filled with fantastic items that you'd struggle to find on any high street.
You can even pick up a few statement pieces for your wardrobe with fashionable accessories such as scarves and bags during your visit, so it’s a good idea to make the most of our special offers London hotels as you are guaranteed to find something unusual that you’ll want to take away with you as a souvenir of your time in the city.
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
A perfect day out for young enquiring minds, the shop at the Natural History Museum is a great place to splash that pocket money cash!
Filled with dinosaur skeleton kits to build back at the Montcalm luxury hotel London, there is some incredible and highly educational merchandise available to take away after a few hours spent getting a little inspiration for the museum's many exhibits.
Some of the store’s most popular items include pocket microscopes, precious minerals and even a collection of clothing that fuses natural history and popular culture such as a ‘Darwin is my homeboy’ T-shirt that any adult would be happy to rock as part of their wardrobe.
Getting to the Natural History Museum is easy too. Just head to the Old Street tube station and hop on the Northern line. It will have you at the museum entrance in under half an hour.
The British Museum
Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
With a look and feel that’s a little more like a curiosity shop than a museum gift shop, the British Museum offers something entirely different for shoppers seeking a gift for the folks back home.
With products displayed in antique-styled cabinets, this particular shop stocks everything from mouse mats to replica statues of Greek gods and goddesses, so if you're in the market for hand-carved cow bones or faux leather-bound books, then this is the place for you!
It's easy to get lost in this eccentric museum shop as there is so much to see, so make sure that you keep an hour or two spare after you've visited the museum to get the full experience of this amazing shop.