It's been awhile since I found a museum worth spending an entire day exploring. Having already been to the National Gallery in Trafalger Square and every other museum in London during my previous visits, I wanted to mix it up and try The Victoria and Albert. I am still trying to grasp why I haven't been to this place before, since The V & A is truly the best museum in London.
There are so many great things about this place. The architecture, exhibits, location, lack of tourists, cafe with beer, outdoor patio and the vintage museum restaurant make it such a relaxing stay. In addition to all that, it's also free. The museum mainly caters to art and design, but they offered asian/european artwork as well. The hallway contained amazing sculptures throughout the entire strip which led to their exhibits. Being a fan of sculptures since visiting Michelangelo's David in Florence, it was nice admiring some beautiful pieces of marble for nostalgia's sake.
The fashion exhibit was more enlightening than expected. It was really well done so any non-fashion enthusiast could enjoy learning about something they had no interest in. It was organized with each decade having two mannequins per section in a coliseum-like room. So walking around in a circle felt like time travel, which made appreciating the outfits both fun and easy.
Another thing unique to the museum was the historical restaurant, which was actually an exhibit itself. It was three vintage, victorian designed rooms converted into a dining section. Just being able to sit down with a pint felt much better since you could admire your surroundings while recovering from art fatigue. The patio was also a pleasant surprise, and I was equally surprised on how sunny it was outside, which is always rare in London.
Visiting museums can be tiresome. No matter what, you will suffer from art fatigue. It's normal to get weary of being coped up in a building with nothing but art for entertainment. However, I did not get tired of the V & A at all. There were simply endless forms of art to appreciate, each very different from the last. I was able to absorb information calmly because my senses were naturally refreshed as I entered each exhibit. In addition to that, being able to consume alcohol at my leisure also made it much easier to recover. Art, fashion and beer all in one place? I'll never get sick of that.