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Victoria&Albert Museum Highlights Tour

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  • 2.5 Hours
  • Private Tour
  • Guaranteed to avoid long lines
  • Entry Fee Included
  • Perfect for children
  • Fun quiz available

We start our tour in the lobby where we meet the founders of the museum, a magnificent bust shows Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Looking up towards the ceiling you can see the astonishing glass structure of the Chihuly Dale chandelier.  As we walk through the museum you will notice it’s not just historical artefacts, indeed the collection is still growing, with modern pieces added regularly. This chandelier was arrived in 2001, hear how difficult it was to install.

Next we head upstairs to explore the British galleries. Here we get a glimpse of life in England during the Tudor and Stuart periods. Make sure you stop at the Great Bed of Ware, guess how many people can squeeze in.  500 years may have passed since this period, but our ancestors obviously shared our taste for comfortable living.

Passing by the wooden carvings of Royal Beasts, we end up in an amazing room filled with Raphael Cartoons. Wander around, hear the many stories and admire the cartoons, these very paintings were the pattern for tapestries commissioned by Pope Leo X for the Sistine Chapel.

 

Time for some historical fashion, let’s explore the various styles of clothing from the 17th Century right through to 1960, in this, the worlds most comprehensive collection of dresses.

From Europe we now make our way to Asia.  Your guide will ensure you arrive to catch the Ardabil carpet when its fully lit so you can appreciate the intricate design.  Next we find the life sized Tipu’s Tiger, an impressive wooden carving in its own right, this mechanical toy also houses a musical instrument.

Heading back upstairs, the atmosphere of the museum changes slightly. Gone are the large spacious rooms and instead we find much smaller galleries packed with many different items, Silver Galleries, a Jewellery room and much more.

The Cast courts are yet another gem.  There are two sections of the courts; first we can enjoy a view from above, before we walk amongst these amazing casts of famous structures of mainly Italian and Spanish origin. Listen and find out why there are so many and discover their purpose. Look inside the Trajan column and find the three Davids. Which one is the most famous one?

We are now back in England, for a quick stop to learn a bit about the history of fire insurance following the great fore of London in 1666.  We also have a chance to discover what homes in London looked like during the 17th century.

We are reaching our final gallery to explore now, covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Here prepare to be amazed by the size of one of DaVinci’s notebooks.  Admire the beautiful decoration on the Becket casket and learn about hunting culture whilst viewing the Bear hunt tapestry. 

We also offer tours of several other Museums in London, take a look at our British Museum Highlights Tour  our National Gallery Highlights Tour and our Churchill War Rooms Tour 

Victoria and Albert Museum Tour

  • British Galleries
  • The great bed of ware
  • Raphael cartoons
  • Jewellery Galleries
  • Cast Courts

Pricing

The price for your group is £391

Departure Point

Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.

Departure Time

Daily 10:00am, 2:00pm

Directions

Your Guide will meet you at the main Museum entrance on Cromwell Road, at the bottom of the stairs leading to the entrance. Your Guide will be holding a sign showing the lead customer name.

 

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  • Blue Badge guides are carefully selected for an intensive 2 year course culminating in an extensive series of exams in all aspects of History, Art, Architecture, Contemporary Britain and much more
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Natallia Y
Natallia Y
29. July, 2023.
Perfect day We had a day tour of Westminster Abbey and London Tower with Marina today. It was outstanding! Can't say enough good words about it. Not every tour guide can keep 8 y.olds interested for two hours. She did it for the whole day! Marina is very knowledgeable and passionate about her work. She adjusted the tour to our liking and was very attentive to everybody's needs. Hope one day we will have more tours with her! Thank you Marina and "Let me show you London" company!
Kerry G
Kerry G
25. July, 2023.
So worth it! Excellent, in depth tour. Our guide, Denisa, was knowledgeable and entertaining. We had 2 adults and 3 teens, and she kept all of us engaged in the experience. She customized the tour for our interests/ages. We visited the Tower of London, saw the Tower ravens (Poppy came out to meet us), stopped at Traitors’ Gate, explored the Bloody Tower… We even saw “the word,” the ceremony in which a Beefeater gives Tower Soldiers the new password for the day. Last, we saw the crown jewels. The collection and it’s history are really something! We thoroughly enjoyed our time!
Sharon L
Sharon L
29. June, 2023.
Amazing Visit to London I took a group of first time London visitors to the city in June. Because we had limited time there (just 1.5 days), I decided to enlist the help of Denisa at Let Me Show You London and we ended up arranging two private tours - one private tour of the British Museum on our arrival afternoon and a full day tour of Westminster, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. Marianna was our guide for both tours and she was amazing. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic, she made both tours great. We even experienced a fire alarm at the British Museum and she was proactive in talking to the guards to see if and when we had to evacuate and once we did evacuate, she again didn’t hesitate to ask how long it would take to re-enter. Even I, who has been to London numerous times and who has visiting all of the places before, thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Since it was warm and we walked a lot, she was very conscientious about our energy level and made quite a few adjustments at the Tower of London to minimize steps, but again the tour was still fascinating. I would definitely work with both Denisa and Marianna again in the future.
lynnshayes
lynnshayes
4. May, 2023.
Great experience Maria was wonderful - incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She gave background about the origins of the tower all the way to present day. Highly recommend!
Holly
Holly
8. April, 2023.
Wonderful Wonderful experience with knowledgeable and thoughtful guide. Catered to our group’s interests and needs.
Jim Vajda
Jim Vajda
31. March, 2023.
The highlight of our UK trip This was an unforgettable experience for the whole family, including our 8 year old daughter. Our tour guide Lucy was excellent, and it really helped to have an expert explain each of the areas we explored. There is so much we would have missed without her. She really brought the place to life with her storytelling and expertise. Did I mention how well the kids liked her too! If you are going to splurge on one thing in London, this is it.
Imad B
Imad B
6. February, 2023.
Felice Sono felice di tutto ben organizzato e molto semplice da usare vi ringrazio per il servizio alla prossima a
Paul T
Paul T
31. January, 2023.
Amazing day The information that Lucy had brilliant and interesting,the best tour yet Paul Taylor I could go on and on the facts are Lucy is the best is that ok
LPB627
LPB627
11. November, 2022.
Walking your with Fantastic Phil The experience was great. Phil is an outstanding guide. Would highly recommend. Saw details you would never see otherwise.
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