Wander away from The Beaufort, along Brompton Road and you stumble across the Victoria & Albert Museum, with its wealth of treasures dating back from ancient times to present day. Named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, it was founded in 1852 after The Great Exhibition and houses a permanent collection of more than 4.5 million objects making it the world’s largest museum of decorative art and design.
Entry is free, but small contributions are welcome, unless you are interested in one of their extraordinary special exhibitions which feature throughout the year.
As you enter this stunning building you are met by a fusion of Victorian architecture and contemporary design – Dale Chihuly’s 11-metre glass blown chandelier, installed as a focal point in the rotunda is a sight to behold. As a building it is an amazing spectacle and has offered inspiration to many of Britain’s most successful designers.