Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington
Not many places can honestly boast ‘something for everyone’ quite like the Victoria & Albert Museum can. With over 2,000 years worth of art and design under one roof, it’s the Wikipedia of museums. So whether you’re into show-stopping pearls or London’s first ever photograph, you’ll be able to find an exhibit to interest you both.
It looks like eHarmony’s Calvin and Yina aren’t the only ones that think the V&A is the perfect place to go on a first date – it was voted the UK’s most romantic museum in 2006. It’s got a little bit of a romantic past too. If the Queen had had her way back in 1899, the museum would have been named solely after her husband Prince Albert. But as the original plan was to honour the Queen, we ended up with the Victoria & Albert Museum – a lasting tribute to their union. And it’ll go down in history for Calvin and Yina too – “I told Yina I loved her for the first time in the China room. I told her in Mandarin (wo ei ne) which I had been practicing for days.”
The V&A is a great starting point for a first date because even if you don’t fancy visiting the exhibits, there’s still a lot to do. You can download one of their trails and explore the local architecture or attend one of their great free talks or tours. You can catch evenings with people like Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman or join an expert tour of one of their collections. Either way, it makes a good place to ask the question – ‘what do you fancy doing now?’
Finish your date with a bite to eat in the V&A Café run by award-winning caterers Benugo, or outside, where you can enjoy the sunshine at the summer-time Garden Café.
Find out what’s on or download one of those trails at www.vam.ac.uk.
Click here for the full downloadable guide (pdf).
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