British Museum of Food @ Borough Market

After reading about it for a couple of weeks now, at the weekend Lucy, Jack, Nadia & I decided that it was time to book in a visit to the British Museum of Food. A pop-up by experimental creatives Bompas & Parr, the BMoF is currently housed on a corner of Borough Market alongside the duo’s other project of the moment; Alcoholic Architecture.

With no idea what to expect, we entered the museum with open minds…

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This is a museum like no-other; the first room you walk into transports you insideΒ the body. With red lighting and massage chairs that simulate the experience of digestion, you know what they say about making a lasting first impression!

The next room is interactive again, with 4 booths in the centre of the room. I won’t spoil the surprise, but… SPOILER ALERT: It’s an experiment!

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Heading upstairs, the staircase is decorated with food related photography including knitted meals and a bodybuilder in a bikini with a burger.

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Lucy was pleased to find a hint of neon (signage for the toilets) before we headed through the magic curtain into The Butterfly Effect…

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What it says on the tin really, it’s a butterfly house. As well as experiencing the tropical heat and greenery, you’ll get up close and personal with the beautiful butterflies and learn about their role in the food chain. Some of the butterflies do seem to get a bit attached though, so make sure you’re not taking a new housemate home…

The final room of the museum was design focused; an exhibition of menus:

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From prison food to fried chicken takeaways…

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… and even a menu signed by Winston Churchill!

The BMoF is quite small, but quite interesting. I think we probably spent about 30-40mins looking around just to give you an idea of the size (four rooms). Whilst walking around I overheard someone saying that Bompas & Parr have been looking for a bigger venue to expand the museum. This might be a rumour, but sounds exciting as I think with more space they could do something really cool.

Have you visited the BMoF or are thinking about it? Let me know your thoughts!

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2 Comments

  1. e.m.veness@gmail.com' 19/11/2015 / 9:56 am

    This looks super. I might have to put this on ‘places to visit’ list. I’m a big fan of Butterflys too πŸ™‚

    erin | diary

    • 22/11/2015 / 6:16 pm

      Yes it’s a really interesting concept – I just wish it could be bigger as it has the potential to be amazing! Fingers crossed! Let me know if you visit & what you think πŸ™‚

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