THE HILL GARDEN & PERGOLA
If the pace of the city becomes too harried, you can head over to Hampstead Heath for some fresh air. Wander around long enough and you’ll discover this beautiful Georgian arbour and terrace with expansive views across the heath—one of London’s best little secrets. Construction began in 1905 at the instruction of wealthy philanthropist Lord Leverhulme, who craved a spot to host his lavish Edwardian garden parties. Unfortunately, the pergola has faded since Leverhulme’s death; but, the walkway with its overgrown vines and exotic ‹ owers, makes this a great place to pass an afternoon in the capital.
THE DESIGN MUSEUM
London’s Design Museum, originally founded by Sir Terence Conran in 1989, recently reopened in West London’s Kensington region. This 107,600-square-foot venue that had formerly housed the Commonwealth Institute is reason alone to visit this landmark from the ’60s. Reformatting the space was no easy task, but the results are impressive. With its hyperboli caraboloid roof and elegant curvature, it’s a spectacular demonstration of modern engineering. The top-‹ oor space is home to a free and permanent display— Designer Maker User. Featuring some of the key objects from the museum’s collection, the exhibition explores the connection between roles of designer, maker and user. Meanwhile, there is a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions with a focus on fashion, architecture, furniture, graphics, products, transportation and digital design.