The Victoria and Albert Museum is a must-visit during any London trip, with free admission and a wealth of interesting items on display. Find a cheap hotel close to the Victoria and Albert Museum and enjoy a fantastic day out.
Founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) houses the world’s largest collection of arts and design objects. Here, you’ll find ceramics, textiles, costumes, jewellery, and more, covering over 5,000 years and from all over the world.
The museum also hosts regular exhibitions including works by artists and designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and Ai Weiwei.
The tearooms here are a must-visit, divided into three different styles. The Morris, Gamble, and Poynter rooms are decorated in gorgeous tiles, with elaborate lightshades and stained glass windows. There’s even a pianist on occasions, to entertain you while you enjoy your Afternoon Tea.
Quench your thirst for knowledge further with two other popular museums in Kensington. The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are both free to enter and have fascinating collections.
Amongst the 15,000 plus items on display at the Science Museum is the Stephenson’s Rocket and the Apollo command capsule. You can also try your hand at being an astronaut or Red Arrow with the incredibly realistic 3D and 4D simulators.
The Natural History Museum contains over 80 million items relating to botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology, including specimens collected by Charles Darwin. The main attraction of the central hall is a huge dinosaur skeleton cast of a Diplodocus.
When you want some peace and quiet, there are lots of green spaces close to hotels near the V&A. Kensington Gardens is a beautiful park in which you can relax and take a picnic. Some of the attractions here include the majestic Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery, and a Peter Pan statue that recognises the park as a setting for J.M. Barrie's book Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
Just to the east of Kensington Gardens is Hyde Park, famous for the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial and Speaker’s Corner, an area for public speaking. In the winter the park hosts a Winter Wonderland with fair rides, bars, and restaurants from around Europe.
If you’re in the mood for some shopping, Kensington High Street is the place to be. Here, close to many cheap hotels around the Victoria and Albert Museum, you’ll find familiar names such as Marks & Spencer and Waterstone’s, alongside fashion stores like Gap, H&M, and Topshop.
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