One of Claire’s favourite places to visit on her trips to London is the V&A and I can understand why. The world’s largest museum of Decorative Arts and Design, essential for fashionista’s and lovers of beautiful things.
In reception you’re greeted with the most magnificent Chihuly, world-renowned glass sculptor’s chandelier taking your eyes up into the breathtaking details of the domed glass ceiling in the reception hall’s Rotunda.
The V&A Exhibitions
This is just a taste of the treasure of discoveries ahead of you. It holds the most exquisite gowns of a bygone era. It takes you on a journey through time of these glamorous historical icons. You can also meander through exhibitions of Photography, Jewellery, Theatre and Performance to name but a few. Usually, entrance to the museum is free, but for an extra charge you’ll be able to visit one of their specialist exhibitions alternatively you could join and become a Friend of the V&A then admission is free. Check before you go as you may have to book, they’ve held 2 record-breaking sell outs with names like Alexander McQueen and David Bowie it’s hardly surprising. Remember the fabulous Dior exhibition is coming up in 2019. It’s always worth visiting the V&A website for the latest ones on offer.
During the summer break, the V&A has some great activities for kids of all ages like Family Games, Trails, Pattern cutting Workshops for 16-19yr olds, Creating Surreal Mask Photography for 13-15yr olds are only a few of the ones on offer.
The V&A Restaurants
If you need a break from all this beauty and wonder you want to be disappointed by the 3 restaurants. In fact, they were the first to offer refreshments in a museum. The grandeur of the surroundings only add to the enjoyment of the delicious menus and sweet treats to tempt you and make you linger. Their Elderflower and Rhubarb Victoria sponge was heaven on a plate. It will give you the energy to look at another couple of exhibits; I promise it will be the most enjoyable exercise you’ve ever experienced.
It’s worth knowing that one of Claire’s other favourite destinations is Harrods. It’s ONLY a 10 minute walk away if you have the energy. Remember you could pull in a bit of late night retail therapy if you plan your V&A visit on a Wednesday. Let’s face it you’ve always got energy for Harrods.