Food alchemists Bompas & Parr are well known for thrilling diners with their outlandish culinary creations, wowing audiences with everything from famous London landmarks immortalised in jelly to meat cooked in molten lava and a crazy golf course featuring giant obstacles made from cake. Now the design studio is adding another string to its bow, launching its very own British Museum of Food, that bills itself as 'the world's first cultural institution entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of food.'
Spread across two floors of a building in Borough Market, the project will draw on the expertise of the market's traders, as well as innovative artists, to create a series of exhibits and interactive experiences designed to excite the public about what they eat. Visitors can expect a wide range of unusual experiences, from a chocolate sonic wonderland created in collaboration with multi-sensory scientists to a walk-through tropical butterfly experience revealing how pollination plays a key role in global food production. Although there's plenty of thrills to be had, the museum also carries a serious aim– seeking to spread knowledge about nutrition and health and eventually establish itself as a national resource and platform for experimentation and innovation in the field of food. Promising to be an unmissable experience for foodies and chocoholics alike, make sure you don't miss out.
The British Museum of Food opens to the public on the 23rd of October and opens for three months at 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 9DE. Tickets are available now, priced £5 for adults and £4 for children under 16 years. Visit www.bmof.org.