Today’s “Victoriana of the Week” features three adjoining rooms at my favourite museum–the Victoria and Albert, in London.
The Green Dining Room was designed by William Morris and Philip Webb. The small paintings that decorate the walls were by Edward Burne-Jones.
The Centre Refreshment Room was designed by James Gamble.
And the Grill Room 1876–81 was designed by Sir Edward Poynter.
Together, the three rooms make up the V&A’s café, which, 150 years ago, was the first museum café in the world. I’m looking forward to having lunch there—the last time I visited, the rooms were being renovated. They were open for viewing, but the café itself was closed.
(Now that I think of it, the lunch I had at the V&A’s other dining area was easily the worst meal I had during the entire time I was in London. Hmmm…. Maybe I’ll just have a glass of white wine and revel in the atmosphere for a while, celebrating these three magnificent rooms.)