|Gamble Room, ceiling detail|
Everything is full of detail and meaning, and resonates its history and place in popular culture.
You know how you can get overwhelmed while visiting a museum? And you decide you have to take it in one or two wings at a time, and save the rest for another day. Well, the city of London is a little like that.
And speaking of museums - we visited the Victoria & Albert Museum yesterday. Even the museum cafe is overwhelming.
The V & A, as far as anyone can tell, was the first museum ever to have a restaurant inside for hungry patrons to rest and eat. The cafe was decorated in a style to showcase current decorative design.
So here is the Gamble Room at the V & A. It was designed by James Gamble and built around 1865. You can enjoy your tuna salad on baguette beneath the ceramic-encrusted columns and arches and the enameled tin ceiling.
And that's just one of the rooms. Another was designed by William Morris.
|Victoria and Albert Museum, Morris Room detail|