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    V&A, South Kensington, London, UK

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    Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gallery, V&A, South Kensington, London, UK

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  • Address:

    V&A Cromwell Rd
    London
    SW7 2RL

  • Venue phone:

    020 7907 7073

  • Venue website:

    www.vam.ac.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-10pm.

  • Transport:

    Tube: South Kensington

  • Price:

    Booking at 0844 209 1770 or vam.ac.uk, fees apply

  • Map

    1. V&A
      • Cromwell Rd
        London
        SW7 2RL
      • 020 7907 7073
      • www.vam.ac.uk
      • 51.496820,-0.172507

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A History of Photography

Photography

  • Free

Being the first museum to collect photographs in 1852, the V&A is now putting on a retrospective of photography’s brilliant in both, technique and artistry. This display of selected works from 1840 and 1970, starring such prominent photographers as Eugène...

A History of Photography
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Sat Jan 17 2015
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. free
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Alice

Fringe, Drama

Lewis Carroll's surreal kids book which follows the curious Alice as she tumbles into a strange world and meets all sorts of odd creatures is used as the bases for a new piece from Metta Theatre. This version written and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan...

  1. Thu May 15
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
  3. £12, £10 concs
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Alice

Fringe, Drama

Lewis Carroll's surreal kids book which follows the curious Alice as she tumbles into a strange world and meets all sorts of odd creatures is used as the bases for a new piece from Metta Theatre. This version written and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan...

  1. Thu May 15
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
  3. £12, £10 concs
More info

Alice

Fringe, Drama

Lewis Carroll's surreal kids book which follows the curious Alice as she tumbles into a strange world and meets all sorts of odd creatures is used as the bases for a new piece from Metta Theatre. This version written and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan...

  1. Sat May 17
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
  3. £12, £10 concs
More info

Alice

Fringe, Drama

Lewis Carroll's surreal kids book which follows the curious Alice as she tumbles into a strange world and meets all sorts of odd creatures is used as the bases for a new piece from Metta Theatre. This version written and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan...

  1. Sun May 18
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
  3. £12, £10 concs
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Constable: The Making of a Master

Art, Things to do

Suffolk-born romantic painter John Constable was never a success in his own lifetime. His paintings did well in France, bu the only ever sold 20 in England, and it wasn't until his fifties that he was appointed a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy...

Constable: The Making of a Master
  1. Sat Sep 20 – Sun Jan 11 2015
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Disobedient Objects

Things to do

A selection of objects from the 1980s to now that detail the history of protest and the role these objects played in making change happen. Including woven barriers, political videogames, an inflatable general assembly (a creation by Greta Hansen that...

Disobedient Objects
  1. Sat Jul 26 – Sun Feb 1 2015
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Easter at the V&A

Things to do

The V&A has a host of family events inspired the current exhibition ‘Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright’. On Monday April 7 all-male theatre company Propeller perform ‘Henry V,’ followed by an interactive session with the cast (2.30pm-4pm and 7.30-9pm;...

  1. Fri Apr 18 – Sun Apr 27
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. Various
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Empire Builders: British Architects Abroad 1750-1950

Things to do

  • Free

Dig into two centuries of construction by British architects in countries that were once claimed by the British Empire. Featuring watercolours, drawings and photographs of a bungalow in Nairobi, a cast iron market in Chile, an art deco church in Delhi...

  1. Thu Apr 17 – Sun Jun 15
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Friday Late: Synthetic Aesthetics

Things to do

An evening of performances, talks and one-off displays that explore the emerging field of synthetic biology and its effect on the future of design. The evening will feature the book launch of 'Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs...

Friday Late: Synthetic Aesthetics
  1. Fri Apr 25
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. Free
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The Fundamentals of Drawing at the V&A and Tate Britain

Things to do, Classes

This day-long class, taught by artist Rosa Roberts in inspirational surroundings of the V&A, offers an intense practical exploration of the thought processes and physical tricks that underpin good observational drawing. If you catch the drawing bug and...

The Fundamentals of Drawing at the V&A and Tate Britain
  1. Sat Apr 19
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. £110 incl lunch
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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

Things to do

A major exhibition sponsored by luxury Italian brand Bulgari that takes a detailed look at the history of Italian fashion. The collection of mens and womenswear begins with ensembles from the end of World War II and ends at present-day trends, encompassing...

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Sun Jul 27
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Horst: Photographer of Style

Things to do

A retrospective exhibtion of Horst P Horst's prolific 60-year career. The German-American photographer did shoots for couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in the ’30s, as well as experimenting with early colour techniques. His most renowned...

Horst: Photographer of Style
  1. Sat Sep 6 – Sun Jan 4 2015
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Jameel Prize 3

Things to do, Design, Crafts

  • Free

Biennial prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. The exhibition showcases the work of the ten artists and designers shortlisted for the £25,000 prize. Around 270 nominations were received from countries...

Jameel Prize 3
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Mon Apr 21
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. free
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Prix Pictet 2014

Photography

  • Free

Established in 2008, this annual photographic award has become a globally recognized platform for raising awareness of social and environmental issues through remarkable photographers. This year’s exhibition focuses on ‘consumption’ and presents 70 works...

Prix Pictet 2014
  1. Thu May 22 – Sat Jun 14
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

Things to do

To mark of the 450th anniversary on April 23 2014 of William Shakespeare’s birth,  this display in the V&A’s Theatre galleries explores Shakespeare’s works as the inspiration for a multitude of theatrical interpretations over the centuries and across...

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Mon Sep 22
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. Free
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Shakespeare: The Puppet Show

Drama, Puppetry, Kids' theatre, Shakespeare

Showcasing the V&A's remarkable puppet collection, 'Shakespeare: The Puppet Show' weaves the stories and words of Shakespeare into a new play for children. Staged as part of the museum's Shakespeare festival, this thirty minute performance should introduce...

Shakespeare: The Puppet Show
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Sat Apr 19
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. £5
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Wedding Dress 1775-2014

Things to do

The V&A dig out some of their most glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses to document the history of the gown over the past two centuries. Find out when white became go-to shade for wedding dresses, as made popular by Queen Victoria in the nineteenth...

Wedding Dress 1775-2014
  1. Sat May 3 – Sun Mar 15 2015
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
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Wedding dresses 1775-2014

Fashion, Things to do

  • Critics' choice

Take a look at two centuries of meringue design, at the V&A's crowd-pleasing Spring exhibition of wedding dresses. You can expect plenty of royal gowns - including the Duchess of Cornwall's ladylike frock coat, worn at her 2005 wedding to HRH The Prince...

Wedding dresses 1775-2014
  1. Sat May 3 – Sun Mar 15 2015
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. £12.
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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Art, Things to do

  • Rating: 3/5

In his recent TV essay on brutalism, Jonathan Meades railed against the Georgian era as representing a kind of anodyne British good taste against which anything more weird or daring or ugly is always unfavourably compared. He had a point, but neglected...

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
  1. Thu Apr 17 – Sun Jul 13
  2. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  3. £8
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Kate

A superb museum. I especially like the pearl exhibition. But the free fashion room through the ages was also something not to be missed. A great all-rounder of a museum.

Olivia

I love the V&A - it is without doubt my favourite museum in London - the exhibitions are great and whilst it does lean towards fashion and jewellery it doesn't stop there and it most certainly doesn't limit male interest - my boyfriend is also a great fan. The Bowie exhibition of 2013 will go down as my all time favourite exhibition and I went to it several times. There is always something of interest on at the V&A and I recommend it to all.

Parul Bhargava

This is a the Royal museum . This is free of cost ,even the cloak room is free of cost , allowing you to see the museum without worries. The museum captures good history of the Britain and the common wealth . It has some extra ordinary collection of jewellery exhibit ranging from 400 BC till today . It also had an exhibit around Fashion which was amazing . I also went to the Rink at Natural History Museum which is just next to it and open till Jan 5th . Awesome experience overall.

caroline

Friday Lates are brilliant with a varied program of events often including music and performance. Combine with dinner in the restaurant for a great evening out.

Charlotte White

Without a doubt the best museum in London!! I absolutely love the range of exhibitions and the opportunities they give students as well as members of the public to get involved. Their workshops are invaluable to students and provide an insight into the work which goes into each exhibition display. I found the staff friendly and useful but most importantly they had something to interest anyone who attends. There is plenty to do for children and adults alike. A fantastic day out and very easy to get to!

Kelsey J

By far my favourite museum in London - likely because design is such an all-encompassing term you can find exhibits on fashion, theatre, ironwork, jewellery, stone, books, and everything in between. It also has beautiful tea rooms and a lovely garden which make great lunch or break places. Fantastic atmosphere and so much to see - plan ahead if there is anything in particular you wish to see.

miha

Great exhibitions on a very nice location. Nice to see is rom which presents fashion.

Lee Preston

This is a must see location for all ages. Experience the visual delights and absorb the atmosphere that this place creates. Do it.......Do it NOW! (or at least wait till they open) ;-)

Emma

I love, love, love the V&A!! It houses an eclectic collection of interesting and beautiful objects from around the world. Faves are the Jewel room and the ballroom cafe. Also great stuff for kids to do.

Chiara

I stopped in front of V&A casually while i was walking down Cromwell Road, there was a fashion exhibition. Now i'm a fan!

PS

Great temporary and permanent exhibitions, especially those about fashion. Great late night events too.

Alan

Make this a must for young and old Spend all day or just a few hours hands on interactive modern presentation Food and easy access speak to the staff get an insiders quide Check out htere special events on there website This and then an afternoon touring the city stop and shop perfect

Geraldine

Beautiful displays, my favourite area was the jewlery display and also the garden outside was a lovely suprise and it was a nice area to have an impromptu lunch in the sun. There was a cafe that was selling delicious looking food and you could sit in beautiful rooms, but outside was also great, lots of families with young children having fun in the pond. A very nice place to visit alone or with children.

vic

I love this place, I always try and get down to see the special exhibitions. The timed entrances to these stagger the visitors attending so you get to see the items without being jostled about. I last saw the History of Couture here, I love the fashion displays, they are displayed as beautiful works of art. A beautiful venue, and a cup of tea and a cake in the courtyard is a most welcome treat too!