I hope this blog post finds you all well.
I said a couple of weeks ago I wanted to start doing a series on things to do in the UK for if you really don’t like flying or you have kids or you just want something local to do – so here is the first post in the series! I am not sure how regular these will be because it depends when I get out myself but I hope you enjoy!
The Victoria and Albert Museum
What is it?
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is a museum showcasing art and design. It includes a variety of things from classical sculpture (including a plaster cast of Michelangelo’s famous “David” statue) to the art and design of theatre and movies.
How do I get there?
The easiest way to get to the V&A is by train. The nearest station to it is an Underground station on the District and Circle lines (which are green and yellow for those of you who are not familiar with the tube and the map) – South Kensington. From South Kensington station there is a tunnel system that leads to the museums (including the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum) that takes you right to the entrance. The short walk from getting off the tube and to the museum probably takes around 5 minutes.
What should I wear?
Comfortable shoes are a must for this trip as there is a lot of walking around galleries and lots of floors to explore (there is step free access if required). If the weather is a bit on the chilly side, there are some areas of the museum where there are doors which means they can get quite draughty and cold so if you feel the cold it’s a good idea to have a top layer you can easily slip on or carry. If it’s winter and you have a coat with you, there are cloakrooms to leave it if you don’t want to carry it around with you all day.
What about food?
The Museum has a café that serves hot food, tea, coffee and cake (also delicious scones!) but this can be quite pricey. If you decide to take a packed lunch there is a lunch room up on the 3rd floor by the Theatre and Film exhibition, where you can sit and eat a packed lunch. It’s not the most exciting of rooms as it is just wood panelled but it’s a place to sit down and munch.
How much does it cost?
Entrance to the museum itself is absolutely free. There are some exhibitions that are ticketed and will cost money and there are suggested donations for things like maps and the cloakroom.
Anything else I should know?
The museum is a little bit like a rabbit warren and quite easy to get lost in. My friend and I spent quite a while just looking for the lunch room. The map is also not the most user friendly in the world and some of the gallery numbers are hard to see so it can be hard to work out where you are. The café is an interesting layout with queues seemingly, and confusingly, intersecting each other and routes to the lift and toilets are through a well concealed door within the café.
So there we go!
I hope you liked this blog and it has maybe inspired you to go on a day trip. If you think I’ve missed out any information that I should put into the next 50 Shades of Overcast, or if you have any questions about the V&A please let me know.
Stay Safe and Wonderful.