The V&A Museum is one of the world’s most magnificent museums. The V&A’s foundation stone was laid on this site by Queen Victoria in her last official public engagement in 1899. A superb showcase for art from across the globe, the V&A is considerably calmer than its counterparts on the other side of Exhibition Road.
150 galleries on seven floors contain thousands of pieces of furniture, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, posters, jewellery, textiles, metalwork and glass. With items spanning over several centuries, collections are based on theme, origin or age.
The National History Museum is one of London’s most endearing museums. Opened in 1881, the original building remains magnificent to this day. The duck egg blue and terracotta façade can’t prepare you for the natural wonders within, though.
Many of the museum’s 22 million insect and plant specimens are housed in the recently opened Darwin Centre. The most recent edition to the museum is the human evolution gallery, which explores the nature of humanity throughout different centuries.
Constructed as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s husband in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is beautifully designed concert hall that Queen Victorian described as having the appearance of ‘the british constitution’. Since 1941, the Royal Albert Hall has been home to the Proms. The Royal Albert Hall's splendid exterior is matched by the regal red-and-gold interior, which is crowned by a stained-glass skylight.