Plenty to see
The V&A Museum was founded in 1852 and named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. It contains a staggering collection of wares that cannot fail to impress.
Celebrating art and design, its 13 acres – that’s over 52,000 square metres – contain 145 galleries that span a colossal 5,000 years of applied arts. The impressive museum displays artefacts, furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, costumes, prints, ironwork, photos, and much more besides. In total, it houses over 4.5 million objects.
A princely collection
Without a doubt, there will be something to grab your attention. Highlights include a large collection of Constable paintings, several Raphael pieces, and some wonderful Renaissance sculpture.
Usefully, the V&A is right by South Kensington Tube Station, an area that also includes the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
For the full experience, make sure you leave plenty of time to cover all that ground. There is a charming café by the entrance and the surrounding area (known as ‘Albertropolis’ due to the association with Prince Albert) is peppered with shops, restaurants, and cafés.