Five amazing museum day trips
The summer hols are here, giving you plenty of opportunities to indulge in some idle browsing around a museum or two. But don't limit yourself to London's best-loved institutions. Our list will help you plan the most enticing short-haul trips to the museums handily orbiting the capital. Or, if you're feeling properly adventurous, check out our guide to the best arty weekends.
Must-see museum exhibitions in London
New exhibitions in London
The problem with futuristic design is how quickly it looks, well, old. This fascinating exhibition at the Design Museum displays the forward-thinking domestic designs architects of the past thought would characterise our modern lives. Items on display include the Pratone, a 1970s rethink on the humble chair that imagined a future where we'd shun solid seats in favour of a large block of malleable green grass made to support the whole body. The idea never caught on, perhaps because - as the picture on the DM's website shows - it made the person sitting in it look a bit of a fool. Who could have predicted that an invention almost literally named 'prat' could make the user look silly?