A guide to London’s Fashion & Textile Museum


Address: 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Lovers of all things fashion really are in for a treat when planning a trip to London, as the city offers the world-renowned Fashion & Textile Museum as one of its many must-see attractions.

Located in Bermondsey near the heart of the city, guests can expect to find everything from classical fashions of centuries gone by to the latest innovations in design that are colouring the future of fashion and textiles in the modern world.

Founded in 2003 by acclaimed British designer Zandra Rhodes, the museum is a showcase of all that is wonderful about fashion, creativity and the pursuit of aesthetic excellence.

A statement of individuality and creative design in itself, even the building is a standout landmark for London visitors to behold, with its hot pink, burnt orange, yellow and bright blue exterior setting it out from the crowd in the heart of happening London.

What’s on at the Fashion & Textile Museum

Offering a range of changing exhibitions, displays, talks, events and workshops throughout the year, some standout upcoming offerings include:

Liberty in Fashion: The exhibition examines the influences and works of esteemed fashion brand Liberty, with a look at the impact on British fashion from Orientalism and Aesthetism during the 19th century, through to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles of the early 20th century.

Founded by Arthur Lasenby Liberty in 1875, the brand has remained at the forefront of British fashion for over a century and this exhibition charts Liberty’s evolution during the last 140 years.

The Art of Pattern: Running until February 2016, this innovative exhibition looks closely at the works of Liberty designers Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, who energised the brand during a 15-year spell from 1961 to 1977.

It includes a range of original painted designs, sketches, printed swatches, lengths and objects from their extensive collections and supplements the work undertaken as part of the Liberty in Fashion season.

Arrowsmith – Fashion, Beauty and Portraits: Focusing on the impact of Clive Arrowsmith, this interactive event will examine the works of one of Britain’s most entertaining photographers and fashion directors.

With a career spanning five decades, including more than 30 years as head of fashion photography at acclaimed publication Vogue, Arrowsmith was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century in terms of framing the fashions of the time and moulding public perception.

Full details of the future calendar of events can be found by heading to the official Fashion & Textile Museum website.

Opening times and admission

The museum is open to the public during the following hours:

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 am to 6 pm
  • Thursdays, 11 am to 8 pm
  • Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm

Last admission is 45 minutes before closing and the museum is closed on Mondays.

Tickets for entry will cost £9 for adults, £7 for concessions and £6 for students. Children under the age of 12 can get in for free.

Parking options for museum guests

Located in the centre of one of the most built-up capital cities in the world, parking options in the vicinity of London’s Fashion & Textile Museum are understandably limited. That said, for those intent on doing so, there are a number of parking facilities in the area that they can make use of:

  • NCP Car Park London Bridge (0.3 miles, six minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • Q-Park Tower Bridge (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
  • Borough Market Parking (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • The Shard Parking (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)

Individuals keen to reduce the level of stress associated with driving on London’s busy streets should remember to avoid planning to travel during the morning and evening rush hours. In addition, anyone planning to drive during their visit to the area should consider booking their parking in advance.

Nearby Underground links for visitors

The iconic London Underground network is a fantastic and easy way for visitors to make their way around the English capital. Offering swift and stress-free travel for users, Underground stations in the vicinity of the Fashion & Textile Museum include:

  • Borough (Northern line)
  • London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines)
  • Bermondsey (Jubilee line)
  • Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern lines)

Full details of London Underground links, station opening times and service timetables can be found by visiting the Transport for London website. Visitors will also be able to find all the information they need on other public transport options in the area, including bus services and river taxis.

Great places to stay in the local area

Individuals seeking a luxurious and relaxing place to stay during their time in London might like to check out the excellent rates and facilities on offer at the following hotels:

  • Park Grand Paddington Court London, 1-2 Queen’s Gardens, London W2 3BA (0.37 miles)
  • The Montcalm London Marble Arch, 31 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7TA (1.54 miles)
  • The Montcalm Brewery London city hotel, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD (1.92 miles)
  • London City Suites By Montcalm, 46 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SB (1.88 miles)

Other nearby attractions for visitors to enjoy

Anyone planning a visit to the English capital should be well aware of the myriad attractions that the city has to offer. Indeed, it is not just the Fashion & Textile Museum that draws thousands of people to this busy area of London every year, with a range range of fantastic opportunities for entertainment and sights to see.

Here are just some of the other nearby attractions that visitors might enjoy during their stay:

  • The Shard (0.5 miles, nine minutes’ travel time via public transport)
  • Tower of London (one mile, 16 minutes)
  • IWM (1.5 miles, 20 minutes)
  • Monument to the Great Fire of London (0.8 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Coca-Cola London Eye (0.8 miles, 13 minutes)
  • London Bridge Experience (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral (1.4 miles, 17 minutes)
  • Museum of London (1.6 miles, 19 minutes)
  • The London Dungeon (two miles, 21 minutes)
  • The Clink Prison Museum (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Palace of Westminster (2.2 miles, 18 minutes)
  • Whitechapel Gallery (1.4 miles, 18 minutes)