4 star classic hotel
11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, SW7 2RSShow on map
LH COMMENT: We have known and used the Rembrandt hotel for almost 20 years. Literally we have had hundreds of guests stay and we cannot remember a single complaint. A much loved hotel in a... Read More »
5 star Deluxe town house hotel
17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge, SW3 2BXShow on map
The Egerton House Hotel is a small, luxury town house hotel occupying a convenient and secluded position deep in the heart of Knightsbridge. It is privately owned and managed in a traditional manner. Guests... Read More »
Imperial College London, Kensington, SW7 1BAShow on map
"Stay in London cheaply at modern London University campus accommodation" Imperial College London, founded in 1907, is the UK's leading science, technology and medicine university. With locations in and around... Read More »
5 star Deluxe town house hotel
10 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ERShow on map
LH Comment: Choose from five themes of botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy at this new 4 star hotel. Very close to the South Kensington tube station and surrounded by good shops and restaurants... Read More »
13 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ESShow on map
"Excellent guest reviews and a perfect upmarket location to explore London - recommended" Harrington Court Apartments, in the affluent area of South Kensington, is a great option for families visiting London,... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
30 Old Brompton Road London, South Kensington, SW7 3DLShow on map
If you need a central location ideal for sightseeing and shopping, this stylish hotel provides all you need. The Brompton Hotel is situated on the Old Brompton Road, a thoroughfare rife with fame and infamy as... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
7-11 Queensberry Place, Kensington, SW7 2DLShow on map
LH COMMENT: With the wealth of shops, restaurants and museums in this part of London the visitor cannot go wrong. Add to that the best deals found on London Hotels and it's worthy of your... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
10 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, SW7 2EAShow on map
LH Comment: Any hotel located around here is in a perfect position for getting around all of London. The Gallery hotel is no exception. If you stay here do not expect "modern", its a little past... Read More »
Sloane Avenue, London, Chelsea, SW3 3DWShow on map
South Kensington and Chelsea are perhaps London's most exclusive districts, where properties change hands for millions of pounds and celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Hugh Grant own properties.... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
35 Ixworth Place, London, Chelsea, SW3 3QXShow on map
A trendy, modern hotel, the Myhotel Chelsea offers deluxe accommodations and is situated on Ixworth Place in South Kensington, just a few minutes away from the King's Road. Myhotel Chelsea was traditionally a... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum is a must see. Filled with curios and decorative arts from around the world and spanning 2,000 years of culture, it makes for a fascinating and inspiring day out. Established in 1857 to support and celebrate British artisans, the museum has since accumulated an incredible collection and has expanded to become one of the largest museums in the world. It was named in honour of Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert because of their patronage, when they donated the museums' ornate facade in 1899.
The V&A's permanent collection includes over 4.5 million objects, encompassing textiles, metalwork, glassware, pottery, sculpture, furniture, fashion, jewellery and paintings. It has an especially impressive collection of Islamic and Eastern arts, from Persian rugs to statuettes of Hindu Gods, and there are many strange and wonderful pieces in the museum including dresses made entirely of pins, memento mori cameos made of human hair, ornate gravestones and an articulated wooden tiger with a colonial British soldier in its mouth.
The museum also holds many fascinating seasonal exhibitions, including much lauded fashion retrospectives, where Vivienne Westwood and Yojhi Yamamoto have been honoured; competitions for young designers to create new book covers, in conjunction with the Booker Prize; and even an exhibition where renowned British artists designed their perfect shed to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, with intriguing results. When seasonal exhibitions are showing, visitors can attend talks and workshops relevant to the subject. These are often geared towards children and include events such as jewellery and mask making, so if you are travelling with children you should check the website to see if any events are running.
The V&A is also a resource for many up and coming designers and when visiting you will notice students wandering around with sketchbooks. The V&A has also been active in helping young designers to achieve their dreams by holding competitions in schools and colleges, and offers learning and residency programmes in their studios, where up and coming designers have access to all the museum's resources.
Admission to the museum is free, but for seasonal exhibitions you will need to purchase a ticket The V&A caters for disabled guests. The Museum contains a shop selling high-quality artisan wares and a cafe serving light refreshments, which may be required as there is a huge collection to wander around.
The museum is located just 5 minutes away from South Kensington tube on the Brompton Road, If you wish to stay locally and explore the area further, luxurious and well-renowned accommodation such as The Brompton Hotel, Harrington Court Serviced Apartments and The Gainsborough Hotel are all close by and offer a convenient place to stay. This may be advisable as the museum is huge and there is a great deal to see in the surrounding area. With many nooks and crannies filled with strange and wondrous things, the V&A will undoubtedly be the highlight of your Kensington stay.