We check out the museum after-hours and witness it in wedding mode
Despite its reputation as a world-class destination for art and design, South Kensington’s V&A Museum is a dedication of love, manifest in bricks and mortar. That’s what we’re told in tonight’s ‘order of service’, which outlines the building’s history as a memorial to Prince Albert, from his doting wife Queen Victoria, 40 years after he died.
We’re here, with 60 wedding and event planners, to see how all that romance is captured for nuptials at the venue. The John Madejski Garden, which we access via the beautifully dressed Dome and gift shop, has been fitted with a red carpet for the occasion.
We take in the tranquillity of the place over a few glasses of fizz, the hubbub of day-time tourists replaced with a harpist and a model bride and groom dressed in Temperley.
Catering tonight is from one of the venue’s accredited suppliers, the Admirable Crichton. The team serves up miso-marinated black cod with rocoto aioli, and then chargrilled courgette with lemon and thyme ricotta and broad bean purée. The stand out, though, are the trays of 'summer allotments', filled with black-olive soil, heritage vegetables and garden shoots. It’s a beauty.
The Raphael Gallery is set for a wedding breakfast on one side, while the other is lit with hundreds of flickering candles and lanterns – seriously striking. We’re struck with envy: anyone who gets to throw their reception here is damn lucky. Before we go, there’s time for a quick visit to the dessert station. Our favourite bite? The mini toffee apples – delicious.
Best bit: I must admit, we were rather excited by the goodie bags: posh stationery from Wren Press, with a beautiful bouquet artfully put together by Lavender Green. It brightened our desks for the rest of the week.