I absolutely love the Victoria & Albert Museum. So much so that when my parents visited the UK for the first time in their lives, I took them there because it’s one of my favorite places. There are some really great museums in London (and I still can’t get over the fact that so many of them are FREE. Say what? That’s not really a thing in New York. Some museums might be free at certain times or have a suggested donation (and you need a ticket to enter so you have to pay something…). When I discovered the V&A, I was so pleased with the array of artwork and exhibitions that I visited every single time I came back to London. Even since moving here, I’ve been a few times, though not as much as I’d like.
This visit was for the purpose of seeing their display on Beatrix Potter. They actually have a massive collection of original illustrations, letters, manuscripts and all manner of things belonging to the author, and I was keen to see some of what they had out on display. This particular display was aimed at celebrating the 150th anniversary of her birth (1866). Apparently, she was also a fan of the V&A, and spent a great deal of time there!
I love just wandering through the museum, through all the different galleries, and taking a look at whatever catches my eye. There’s so much to see, but it’s nice to kind of just follow my feet and not actually try to see everything. I always stumble on something new, and I’m completely obsessed with the floors. As I’m sure you’ve noticed by my Instagram feed, I’m a big fan of snapping tiled floors and the V&A has more than I know what to do with!
The V&A Museum is located at Cromwell Road, SW7 2LR