Disclosure: This post was brought to you by TravelZoo with whom you can book cheap weekend breaks in the UK. Thank you for supporting the brands who help me write more words and take more photos for As the Bird flies. There are some places in London that dish out "buzz" freely; emerging from Bank station at rush hour, diagonally crossing Oxford Circus when the green man shows, crossing Millenium Bridge after dark and seeing the London Eye all lit up in blue.
And then there are other places that offer calm so liberally you'd be fooled into thinking that it's not an endangered species in London. Unlike those that buzz, these calm places are often a little harder to find but they do exist and the Victoria & Albert Museum in Kensington is one of these places. At least for me it is. Others may find it a little chaotic for a museum but this is London, you know.
I spent a relaxing afternoon in the V&A during our time back in the UK in December. Aside from the years and years of design history filling the V&A they have one of the best museum shops I've ever accidentally got lost in and you haven't fully experience the V&A without having a cup of tea and a scone in the cafe, which is housed in one of the building's most beautiful rooms. (I didn't take a photo of it. You have to see it for yourself). What was also nice about this afternoon was that I could walk to the museum from our temporary home in Chelsea. It made me realise that there's more to South Kensington than museums and tourists. There's also centuries of history, some beautiful grand buildings and some quirky cafes and bars to stop in and watch the world go by. And yes the museums are good too. The Natural History Museum is impressive enough to just admire from the outside. P.S. if you're ever local and are unfamiliar with Hummingbird Bakery on Old Brompton Road, I suggest you prioritise acquainting yourself with their red velvet cupcakes.
Frances M. Thompson
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