I am getting this post up very very late because I have been so busy today!
This morning we had plans to go on a walking tour of our Bloomsbury neighborhood. However it was pouring rain, on top of which our tour guide never showed up! So instead, a group of us decided to go to a place that was NOT on our schedule: the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Unfortunately, as soon as we got on the Underground we ran into MORE trouble: There was a signal failure on the Piccadilly line, which was therfore totally backed up. So we had to go take a very roundabout route to get back on the train and then to the V&A. We got there soaking wet, however, we did get our first view of the riverfront – AND passed by the London School of Economics in the meantime.
The museum itself was pretty neat: the collections have some traditional art, but the majority of the displays are of crafts – garden sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and clothing.
The V&A also houses the British National Art Library! I didn’t get to go inside this time (I would have had to have left my bag at coat check and was running out of time) but I fully intend to return without a backpack just for this:
After the museum, I went grocery shopping at Sainsbury’s and also picked up a phone at Carphone Warehouse, then went to see Billy Elliot with the class – but that’s a whole other post! The musical was excellent though. Afterwards Kalyca & I got separated and were left behind when everyone went on the bus, but instead we got to walk home through Oxford Circus & SoHo, which was neat – more places I recognize from 6 years ago!
See more pictures from today: