VIC­TO­RIA AND AL­BERT MU­SEUM

Business Traveller - - WHERE TO HEAT -

The V&A is the world’s largest mu­seum of dec­o­ra­tive arts and de­sign, with a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of 4.5 mil­lion ob­jects. A stand­out venue for af­ter-hours hire is the Dome, an awe-in­spir­ing clas­si­cal hall be­neath a swirling glass light in­stal­la­tion by Dale Chi­huly. El­e­gant din­ner-dances can be held here for 250 peo­ple.

The Raphael gallery can be hired for 400-per­son galas against a back­drop of stun­ning Renaissance art, and aper­i­tifs can be laid on in the Dorothy and Michael Hintze sculp­ture gal­leries. Th­ese look on to the John Made­jski gar­den, which can ac­com­mo­date up to 600 peo­ple for an al fresco drinks re­cep­tion. The cen­tral fea­ture of the gar­den is an oval water fea­ture that can func­tion as a pad­dling pool in hot weather or be drained to cre­ate a meet­ing or ex­hi­bi­tion area. Smaller groups of 40 to 140 guests can be held in the Mor­ris and Gam­ble rooms – the lat­ter fea­tures ce­ramic tiles and pretty stained-glass win­dows.

Knightsbridge; vam.ac.uk

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