Victoria & Albert
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, or V&A as it is affectionately known, is one of my all time favorite museums. Away from the maddening crowds we experienced at the British Museum, the V&A provided a delightfully peaceful viewing and learning experience. Accessible at street level as well as by tunnel from the South Kensington tube station, it has about 60,000 objects, as well as special visiting exhibitions, displayed on six levels.
The V&A features European and Asian artwork from jewelry, prints, drawings and paintings to stained glass, sculpture and architecture. Perhaps the most impressive part of the V&A though, is its cast courts. They contain reproductions made from casts of original pieces of artwork, including Michelangelo's David, Moses and Dying Slave. The size alone of some of these works is impressive, but the casting and finishing processes have captured every small detail even down to the veins on David's hand.
Luncheon or tea at the V&A's Cafe is not to be missed. You'll find a delightful array of hot and cold food and drinks, as well as scrumptious tea cakes. Try the "Millionaire's Shortbread", made of shortbread, caramel and chocolate. Yum! Weather permitting, we recommend you dine in the courtyard garden beside the reflecting pool at one of the sidewalk cafe tables. Absolutely beautiful!