Short read: “It’s not what we see but what we see in it”
Long read: Well, yes and no. What you see – the route the guide takes and the selection she makes – is worth the cost of the tour all by itself. You don’t think those matters are important in a museum that covers 11 acres, has 145 galleries, and runs to seven miles of exhibits and five million objects? Dream on. And logistics and savvy are just the basics. The real thrill is what you see in the pieces Margaret and Molly show you. These are objects that contain their history – that braid together culture and art. That’s why they’re in “the world’s greatest museum of art and design.” To see them – to see into them – the Great Bed of Ware, the Raphael Cartoons (“one of the supreme sights of the world”) the Ardabil carpet, etc…. well, it’s like sunrise on Mount Moses. And if you want to make a day of it, how about lunch in the V & A’s extremely civilised cafe followed by spot of shopping at nearby Harrods!
V & A TOUR PRACTICALS
The Victoria & Albert Museum Tour takes place every Friday at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just beyond the ticket barrier (in the booking hall) of South KensingtonTube. N.B. the walk ends at the V & A, a five minute walk from South KensingtonTube.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“Best Tourism Experience in London” Gold Medal Winner, Visit London
“London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour…” The New York Times
“the best London has to offer” Culture Trip
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public V & A tours do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the V & A tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) “fit” is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
A private London Walk makes a very special, indeed, unique gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.
LONDON WALKS CREDO
LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!
THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET
“Nah, don’t need it, got it all here,” you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They’re on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it’s win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town’s delights. Should be on everybody’s London itinerary.