I recently went to have a look at the V&A's fairly new Reading Room at 8 Exhibition Road in South Kensington. It is a bookshop which incorporates a wine bar and one is very welcome to browse the shop with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in hand. The concept is tempting but I found it slightly too cool and restrained to while away some time. The range of books though is certainly different to the average mega bookstore - so you might find yourself staying longer after all. And, every purchase supports the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Should you be in the area this evening, do go and check out the V&A itself for me please. Tonight, the museum is open till 10.00 pm and will be transformed into a theatrical wonderland where you can try on costumes or watch a play (from 18.30-22.00). Sadly I won't be able to make it, but I have visions of getting lost amongst the props!
The V&A hosts a contemporary event on the last Friday of every month, and should you feel in a celebratory mood at the end of next month, there will be a 'streetparty with a Victorian twist ' taking place, including the all important trifle.
Have a very happy weekend!