A world of engineering at the Victoria & Albert Museum


Address: Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

The 20th century saw some of the most impressive and improbable engineering feats, many of which were down to the talents of one man – the acclaimed Ove Arup.

From the Channel Tunnel to the Sydney Opera House, the mark left by this incredible engineer is one that millions of people around the world have benefited from in recent years, but they may not realise it.

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

To mark the importance of this incredible engineer to the world in which we now live, the Victoria & Albert Museum is hosting a new exhibition – Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design.

It highlights the multidisciplinary approach to design and engineering that was embraced by Arup and includes details of his early projects, through to some of his most dramatic and impressive designs.

The exhibition examines the unique methods employed to tackle the difficult challenges faced in constructing some of the world’s most iconic buildings and infrastructure projects, and discusses the legacy of one of the true greats of modern engineering and design.

Getting to the Victoria & Albert Museum

Travel to the Victoria & Albert Museum is relatively straightforward for those wishing to limit their levels of stress in what can be a hectic city to traverse, as the extensive London Underground network provides a number of nearby stations for visitors to make use of, including:

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  • South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines)
  • Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)
  • Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines)
  • Sloane Square (Circle and District lines)
  • Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)

Visitors to the area can also make use of overground rail services to the nearby stations of Paddington and Victoria, while bus services operate around the clock and offer another simple means of travel to, from and around the area.

Full details of public transport options to this busy part of central London can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.

Parking near the Victoria & Albert Museum

Meanwhile, travellers eager to take to the roads during their time in the city can be assured there is plenty of secure parking in close proximity to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Options for drivers include:

  • Union Car Park (0.3 miles, seven minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • Chelsea Cloisters Car Park (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
  • Cheltenham Terrace Car Park (0.7 miles, 15 minutes)
  • NCP Car Park London Cadogan Place (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
  • NCP Pavilion Road Car Park (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Q-Park Knightsbridge (one mile, 21 minutes)
  • NCP Car Park London Park Towers Hotel (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Sydney Street Car Park (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)

However, motorists are reminded that traffic volumes can be dense throughout the day in central London, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advisable to avoid travelling at these times and to plan journeys in advance when possible.

Other nearby attractions for travellers to enjoy

The Victoria & Albert Museum is by no means the only fabulous sight to see in the local area, with an array of excellent attractions that visitors will simply love. Here are some of their top choices for people keen to enjoy a packed itinerary during their time here:

  • Science Museum (0.1 miles, one minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
  • Imperial College (0.3 miles, six minutes)
  • Natural History Museum (0.1 miles, one minute)
  • Royal Albert Hall (0.2 miles, four minutes)
  • Hyde Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
  • The Albert Memorial (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
  • Kensington Gardens (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Kensington Palace (one mile, 14 minutes)
  • Saatchi Gallery (0.8 miles, ten minutes)
  • National Army Museum (one mile, 18 minutes)
  • Curzon Chelsea (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Harrods Department Store (0.5 miles, six minutes)
  • National Trust – Carlyle’s House (one mile, 17 minutes)
  • Battersea Park (1.2 miles, 25 minutes)
  • Wellington Arch (1.1 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Green Park (1.1 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Selfridges Department Store (1.8 miles, 23 minutes)
  • Norfolk Square Gardens (1.4 miles, 17 minutes)
  • Kyoto Garden (1.8 miles, 23 minutes)
  • Design Museum (1.4 miles, 17 minutes)
  • The Wallace Collection (two miles, 31 minutes)
  • Electric Cinema (2.3 miles, 23 minutes)

Outstanding accommodation for visitors to the area

Finally, all those seeking a modern and affordable place to stay during their time in the area should check out the excellent rates and services on offer at the Hotel Grand Royale London Hyde Park.

With excellent links to attractions around the area and first-class service and rooms, it is a perfect choice for visitors wishing to enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable stay in one of the most interesting and vibrant parts of the English capital.