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Victoria and Albert Museum

A building that truly deserves the ‘one of a kind’ epithet, the Victoria and Albert is the world’s biggest decorative arts and design museum. Sitting next to the Natural History and Science museums in Kensington, it forms a part of ‘Albertopolis’, arguably London’s most important cultural, scientific, and educational area.

Always evolving, the V&A, as it’s known, holds a staggering 147 galleries over twelve and a half acres, with a collection spanning five thousand years of creativity. It brings together centuries of historical interest with the progressive and contemporary works of the day, in an ornate, purpose-built building that often threatens to outshine the artwork is houses.

When planning a visit here, there’s no shortage of choice. From huge temporary exhibitions, to Japan’s famous Mazarin Chest, to the decadent evening gowns of the late Princess Diana of Wales, the museum is steeped in history while continually looking forward through its fashion and design exhibitions.

Round off the day with afternoon tea in the tranquil courtyard and drink in the unique atmosphere of this cultural hub.



Eat & Drink

Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A Café

This amazing café serves some great British food – there are meringues, meat pies, and some of the capital’s finest tea. It feels like a real privilege to eat in the three atmospheric, grand dining rooms which make up the first museum restaurant in the world. It’s amongst Britain’ finest locations to eat and should be high on your list of things to do at the V&A.

Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 17.15
Friday 10.00 – 21.30
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 17.15

Victoria and Albert Museum

Garden Café

The Garden Café is only open in the summer, but when it is open and the sun’s blazing, we can think of few better places to spend a leisurely lunch or lick an ice cream. You can eat on the lawn or at a table in the central courtyard of the museum, surrounded by four walls of exquisite architecture and a beautifully kept garden.

Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.15


Victoria and Albert Museum

Museum Shop

This is one of our all time favourite museum shops. All souvenirs and gifts are at the height of design, with everything from high-end jewellery to fun iron-on clothes patches providing a great selection of gifts and keepsakes. There is also some lovely illustrated literature, including copies of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Yayoi Kusama. The shop can get busy, but take your time, there’s plenty to see.

Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 17.30
Friday 10.00 – 21.45
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.30

Victoria and Albert Museum


This small shop is packed to bursting with beautiful books on art, design, and British history. There are very few ‘tacky’ souvenirs or gifts, even the posters and t-shirts seem to have broken the mould.

Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 17.30
Friday 10.00 – 21.45
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.30

Destination Ranking

  • 6 Overall
    • 10 Exhibitions & Programming
    • 30 Architecture & Spatial Design
    • 4 Eat & Drink
    • 3 Shop
    • 6 Digital Experience

General information


Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road




+44 (0) 20 7942 2000

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 17.45
Friday 10.00 – 22.00
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.45

General Admission


Getting There

Tube: South Kensington (District Line, Picadilly Line, Circle Line)

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