Exhibition road runs from Hyde Park through museum land; with the Science museum, Natural History museum and Victoria and Albert museum. The road has been beautifully transformed into a kerb-free paved road, which is now a shared space for cars and pedestrians.
There are lots of lovely cafes with tables and chairs and a refreshing sense of space for kids to roam, although it is still used by cars so kids cannot be completely free range.
The Glorious V&A Museum
Fashion, furniture, sculpture and swords!
On a Sunday, here is free parking before 1pm so for a totally stress free visit, aim to arrive at 10am and you can practically have the museum to yourself.
For other times, there is parking available at Imperial College and the museum is a hop, skip and jump from South Ken tube.
As you enter this grand museum an information desk offering a great variety of free activities for kids welcomes you.
- Explore the museum using one of the 4 beautifully illustrated Trails.
- Borrow a Backpack that contains hands on activities and a themed experience of the artefacts.
- The animal agent bag is perfect for under 5’s
- Try on costumes from the Dressing Up rail on level 3.
- Design your own digital teapot in Ceramics, level 6.
- Borrow a pencil and paper from the Sackler centre and draw your favourite object.
- There are free craft activities every weekend and during holidays.
In the centre of the museum is a beautiful and spacious square garden with a water feature to paddle in.
The small cart sells delicious cakes and drinks; you can bring a picnic and enjoy it on the grass. The café inside is breathtakingly beautiful, but wasted on the kids, it serves gorgeous but pricey food. We spent most of our time on the spinning tops in the garden and dotted around the museum.