Sunday, 1 March 2015

#London Walk of The Week: The Wonders of the V&A

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…


10.45 am on Fridays from South Kensington Tube

Meet Margaret or Molly just beyond the ticket barrier [subway turnstile in American parlance] in the booking hall

"It's not what you see, it's what you see in it"

Well yes and no. What you see – the route the guide takes and the selection she makes –is important in a museum that covers 11 acres, has 145 galleries, and runs to seven miles of exhibits and five million objects. But logistics and savvy are just the basics. The real thrill is what you see in the pieces we show you. These are objects that contain their history - that braid together culture and art. Which is why they're in "the world's greatest museum of art and design". To see them – to see into them – the Great Bed of Ware, the Raphael Cartoons ("one of the supreme sights of the world") the Ardabil carpet...well, it's like sunrise on Mount Moses. And if you want to make a day of it, how about lunch in the V&A's extremely civilised cafe followed by spot of shopping at nearby Harrods!

The Wonders of the V & A Walk takes place every Friday at 10.45 am Meet Margaret or Molly just beyond the ticket barrier of South KensingtonTube.

And in keeping with our museum theme, here are all three parts of our London Museums Podcast…

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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