V&A Reading Rooms

No.8 Exhibition Road , London, SW7 2HF

SquareMeal Review of V&A Reading Rooms

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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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

South Kensington Tube Station 121m

Gloucester Road Tube Station 823m


Address: No.8 Exhibition Road , London SW7 2HF

Area: South Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11am-9pm

Nearby Landmarks

Victoria and Albert Museum 197m

Natural History Museum 259m


Telephone: 020 7225 0594


Cuisine: Cafes

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