I had a morning off this week to go to the Grace Kelly exhibition at the V&A (which, incidently, I would highly recommend if you are a fan) with my friend Clementine. Clem is a regular at the V&A with her two and a half year old and swears by the place as a great summer retreat with toddlers.
She’s got a point. The indoor café has plenty of space and some great food (half price for children). The nearby toilets are an absolute dream for baby changing: the ladies has a changing table, there is a dedicated separate baby changing cubicle and – amazingly – even the gents has a baby changing table.
If your tot isn’t ready for a whole meal there are certainly options which you could share. Having recently seen a genius device called the wean machine it strikes me that this would be the perfect outing for it as you could order one dish and cleverly mash what you need for a child on solids but not ready for proper food.
The absolute cream on the cake in the summer is the Garden Café area. Clem’s little girl adores the fountains which tots can play in. We took Jack last summer and he too adored the fountains. A great way for little ones to cool down – just remember a change of clothes! If you can, go during the week when it is likely to be slightly quieter.
And Clem’s top tip? If your tot still has a nap, you can let them run around in the fountains till they flake out, then push them round the exhibition whilst they sleep soundly in the buggy and you get to take in a bit of culture in peace and quiet. That, dear readers, seems like a win-win situation to me.
Stylishness: 5/5 (It is a cultural paradise, for goodness’ sake…!)
Feeding Facilities: 4/5
Changing Facilities: 5/5
Overall rating: 22/25 £-££