20 August 2014

V&A Reading Rooms

No.8 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2HF

£25.00 Cafes South Kensington
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  • Wine: £18.00
  • Champagne: £72.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm

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Bookworms love to curl up with a good read & a glass of wine, & now that the protracted pedestrianisation of Thurloe Place has finished, more bibliophiles than ever are holing up at this bright, modern café/bookshop. Each of the two reading rooms is wallpapered with black-&-white blown-up photos of book spines, & easy chairs are tailor-made for skimming through a chosen volume from the bulging bookshelves. Meanwhile, the barman dispenses incredibly cheap coffees & teas, plus a modest choice of organic & biodynamic wines, including some magnums – presumably to accompany longer tomes. Posh Italian nibbles such as lemon almonds, mixed olives & charcuterie platters are available for peckish passers-by, who can also take advantage of the tranquil pavement tables now that the hard-hats have gone.

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