Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A Medieval & Renaissance Galleries (c) 2018 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

What to do in Kensington? While I've usually stayed in Mayfair when visiting London, we are spending two nights this visit at The Milestone. Our hotel is right across the street from Kensington Park, and some rooms have a direct view of Kensington Palace, official home of Prince William and Kate Middleton and their brood of young royals. Many visitors enjoy touring the public areas of Kensington Palace and stroll its Gardens. I recommend that you book a priority-access ticket to avoid wasting time standing in queue.

The neighborhood is home to world-class museums. Yesterday we visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, the largest museum in the world devoted to decorative arts and design. With a permanent collection of over two million objects, it's impossible to see everything in one visit. Study the museum's website prior to your visit to determine the exhibits in which you're most interested ... or just wander and follow your eyes. I especially enjoyed the sculpture gallery in the Medieval & Renaissance area of the V&A, as the stunning natural light shows off the marble sculptures to their best advantage. My daughter especially enjoyed V&A's special exhibition of Frida Kahlo's art currently on display.

Pro Tip when visiting the V&A: stay at Egerton House, a Virtuoso hotel literally around the corner from the museum. Among the exclusive Virtuoso amenities we can provide — a pair of member tickets to all current exhibitions. Even though tickets to the Frida Kahlo exhibit were sold out for the day, my daughter was able gain complimentary access thanks to Egerton House's corporate membership.

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