The V&A was one of the world's first museums of arts and design, and is still among the largest. Its collection of ceramics, textiles, and sculpture make for a fascinating visit. And to help you out, here are 5 of the best exhibits. Click and drag the Street Views to explore...
The Morlaix staircase
This 16th-century oak staircase comes from the town of Morlaix, France, from a type of house known as maisons à pondalez, which mimicked rural castles. It would have once stood in the great hall of the house, towering over every guest, and demonstrating the wealth of its owner.
Rachel Kneebone, 399 Days, 2012
Contemporary artist Rachel Kneebone's 399 Days is exhibited amongst the medieval and renaissance sculptures of the V&As' collection to highlight the long tradition of depicting movement and stillness, and human suffering and ecstasy, in three dimensions.
Dale Chihuly, V&A Rotunda Chandelier
In time for the celebration of the new millenneum, the V&A commissioned the artist Dale Chihuly to create an enourmous 11-metre high, blown glass chandelier. The swirling mass of blue, green, and yellow tendrils now fills the entrance hall rotunda.
Marble metope from the Parthenon (-447/-438)British Museum