British Museum Of Food

Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London
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This event ended on Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

£5 adults, £4 children

Venue Information

Borough Market
8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL

Nearest Stations

London Bridge 0.15 miles


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For the first time, a museum dedicated entirely to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of food is opening in London, taking residence at foodie favourite Borough Market.

Devised by culinary mavericks Bompas and Parr in their typical quirky and disruptive style, the multi-sensory museum will explore and showcase the most exciting elements of food ‘from field to table, mouth… and beyond’.

A series of interactive and thought provoking exhibits will encourage people to consider what they eat and to spread knowledge around nutrition and health, recognising its role in culture and acting as a platform for experimentation and innovation.

Highlights include:

- Be the Bolus: the Peristalsis Experience – an immersive digital journey into the body, following the path of food along the alimentary canal from the mouth, into the stomach and intestines, using footage obtained working with consultant gastronenterologist Dr Simon Anderson
- Choco-Phonica – a sonic wonderland focused on chocolate where visitors are asked to analyse taste against the medium of sound, curated in collaboration with Space Doctors and with the advice of multisensory scientists
- The British Menu Archive – a selection of historical and beautiful menus, normally an ephemeral part of food culture but actually a revealing historical resource
- The Butterfly Effect – a walk-through tropical butterfly experience that tells the story of the unsung heroes of pollination in the context of global food security concerns
- Atelier of Flavour – a gallery showcase of food as art, with a focus on how different artists have used unusual materials to represent the English Breakfast

The opening of the British Museum of Food comes after a successful collaboration between Borough Market and the Bompas and Parr studio for Alcoholic Architecture, a breathable cloud of cocktail. Alcoholic Architecture will continue to take residence in the basement of the museum for the duration of the museum’s stay in the historic market.


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