|the glass gallery at the V&A|
|the V&A's main entrance & centre court - isn't that little boy the coolest?|
warning - i'm about to go all art history student on you.
London is a city for museum lovers. During our weekend there in September, we hit up (more than) a few: the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Modern, the V&A and the Natural History Museum.
The best excuse to cram all of those in? They are free! Admission is charged to select temporary exhibits (e.g. we forked out €18 each to see Damien Hirst at the Tate) but general admission is free at many of London's major museums. Just one of the many things that make this city is way cool (and way ahead of the pack).
Another reason to love London's museums: when we're travelling sometimes we don't know what to do with ourselves at night (besides eating and drinking). Do you have the same problem? But all of these London museums are open until 9 or 10 pm a few nights a week. This allowed us to maximize our daylight hours doing outdoor things, and get cultured once the sun went down. Saving some museums for the evenings also relaxed our sightseeing pace.
|the V&A glass gallery|
|Look familiar? It's a plaster cast of Trajan's column (Rome) at the V&A|
The V&A was everything I expected it to be (it's hyped up in every undergrad art history course) and more. It's a gorgeous building, so impeccably curated (if you can entice Mike to carefully observe glass vases, you're doing something right), and so gosh darn comfortable. We especially fell in love with the centre court, where families came to splash in the wading pool and lounge on the lawn (+ free Wifi!) Free museums that people want to come to just to hang out? Yes please.
|the Wild Planet nature photography show outside of the Natural History Museum, London|
|London's Natural History Museum|
|the Body Worlds exhibition camel|
|London's Natural History museum|
psst...Watch this Ted talk (I did years ago and I'll never forget it) to find out why.
Come back tomorrow (if you aren't sick of my museum soliloquies) and I'll tell you about my favourite London museum.