Development of the V&A café, 2006

In November 2006 a new suite of galleries known as the garden rooms opened alongside the original museum refreshment room. These spaces house serveries offering hot meals, sandwiches, cakes and a delicatessen.  There is also a bar and informal seating areas. 

The period rooms remain largely untouched although access and views into the highly decorated spaces is improved as the original and much wider entrances have been re-opened. Visitors, coming to the new café have the choice of either sitting in the more informal spaces of the garden rooms or the more formal and opulent surroundings of the period rooms.

Designer

The V&A appointed MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects), a young architectural practice, as café designers. MUMA worked with Benugo, the caterers and specialist consultants to create a café that is exciting, accessible and relaxing for all visitors.


This development was completed as part of FuturePlan

FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.

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Clara Button 'Café Scene' A3 Print||EVAEX

Clara Button 'Café Scene' A3 Print||EVAEX

Mum led Ollie and Clara to the museum’s cafe where they drank hot chocolate and ate delicious cake. From Clara Button and the Magical Hat D…

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Event - V&A Design Fund 2014

Mon 08 September 2014–Thu 06 November 2014

DISPLAY: The V&A’s contemporary collection represents transformations in design and society. The V&A Design Fund supports selected contemporary acquisitions which are exhibited each year during London Design Festival.

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