The V&A Members' Room

A unique space at the heart of V&A South Kensington

If you've not already visited, the Members' Room is a magnificent top-lit gallery, designed with contemplation, creative thought and enjoyment in mind. For many, this unique space is the best reason to be a V&A Member.

Formerly a study room between 1916 – 21, the innovative design by Carmody Groarke subtly combines heritage, modernity and design ingenuity. The furniture also provides a link to the 20th-century collections, including a recommissioning of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's stackable 403 armchair from the early 1930s.

The centrepiece of the Members' Room is a monolithic terrazzo bar, which includes prosecco on tap, a range of bottled beers, wine, and bespoke cocktails inspired by the V&A's exhibition programme.

Eating and drinking

Seasonally-inspired dining to suit every taste

The hospitality includes hot and cold breakfast options, a dedicated lunch menu, kids' choices for families, and an all-day café offer including cakes and cream teas, all cooked on site by our own pâtissière. There's also a range of dietary options including vegan and gluten-free dishes.


There's no need to book – simply show your Membership card

If you have a Plus Guest Membership, you can bring a friend with you to the Members' Room. You can also read at the V&A exhibition catalogues we have on display while you draw your breath. We look forward to welcoming you very soon.

Opening times

Monday to Sunday: 10.00 – 17.45

Friday: 10.00 – 21.45