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Visiting London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Hampton Court Palace

Visiting London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Hampton Court Palace

Our last day on this weekend trip to London was spent at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and at the Hampton Court Palace.

 

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As this was another beautiful day in London what was better than making it a day out to the fascinating palace in Richmond, south of London. As the palace was in the direction of Gatwick Airport we spent the first hours of the day at the V&A.

V&A is more than a museum; it is an institution boasting the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Certainly not all objects are exhibited at once, but a large number are.

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Victoria and Albert Museum Tea Room, London

 

Apart from that I walked through one of this year’s special exhibitions, “British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age”. It was very interesting, especially the parts dealing with the various periods of modern music culture.

View 2012 London on Sandalsand’s travel map.

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Henry VII and one of his wives greeting visitors at the Hampton Court Palace

 

The train to Richmond took half an hour followed by a short walk across the River Thames to the entrance of the Hampton Court Palace. The palace was for 250 years or so the official residence of the British monarchs, starting with Henry VIII (the one with all the wives) from 1529 and ending in the latter half of the 18th century.

 

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Hampton Court Palace interior courtyard

The buildings are kind of divided into two parts, the old ones dating back to Henry VIII and the connected ones largely built by King William III and very inspired by Versailles. The gardens and park outside also draw heavily on inspiration from the French Sun King. Amazing.

And so was the Maze.

Have a look at this video.

 

 

Further reading

This post is the last of three parts. It starts here.

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