One of my favorite experiences of my recent London trip was visiting the V&A Museum and browsing the amazing V&A Bookshop. I wish I’d gone a little later in the year because in November the V&A Reading Rooms opened just around the corner. The range of hundreds of books on offer combine the V&A’s own published works as well as an authoritative selection of tomes on subjects like fashion, design, architecture, photography, graphics and art. Out of print, vintage and early editions will also be for sale. Even more impressive than the selection is that 100% of the profits from the shop goes directly to the museum – practically guilt free shopping!
Great books are not the only thing on offer at the V&A Reading Rooms – there is a small bar providing wine and a menu of snacks developed by Sydney-born Duncan Ackery (of Tate’s fame), so you can browse books while sipping a glass of vino!
And to top it all off, David Collins has advised on the interiors! The V&A Reading Rooms are situated in a small and intimate space, with all its original architectural features intact. Check out the pics below – its such a nice looking space.
The V&A Reading Rooms are located at 8 Exhibition Road London, open 12 Midday to 10pm. I wish I could head over there now!
All photos care of the V&A London.