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The V&A Reading Rooms was an exciting, successful pop-up bookshop and wine bar conceived as part of the development of Exhibition Road. Our aim was to combine the pleasures of reading with a glass of wine, in an atmosphere conducive to enjoying both.
As a renowned publisher of art and design, and with our own well-established bookshop, the V&A have been proud to be part of a new generation of original, specialist book-sellers, promoting what’s exciting, different and unexpected on the London art and design scene.
We have also been pleased to offer a new retail experience through our events programme, seeing curators, fashion designers, makers, authors, bloggers, editors and chefs interact, inform and entertain. Many thanks to the contributors, customers and all who made the V&A Reading Rooms a great success.

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Rediscover the delights of browsing.

In the V&A Reading Rooms you can encounter the wonderful and obscure, reacquaint yourself with the pleasure of reading, and take time to choose the ideal book, over a glass of wine, before you decide to buy.
No three-for-two offers on books you didn't really want to read: instead, an eclectic and exciting collection of titles to fascinate, amuse and even shock. Here novellas sit alongside biographies; graphic novels nestle alongside guides to the beautiful and bizarre.
In the intimate book-lined space of the V&A Reading Rooms embark on a literary journey of the unexpected. From vintage bindings to the latest in contemporary book design the V&A Reading Rooms promote a small, but perfectly formed range for book lovers to indulge themselves, and to find the perfect gift solution.
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Chilli Fried &
Salted Broad Beans


Provencal Mixed Olives

Lemon Almonds

Selection of Cured Meats
with Toast


Sugared Napoli Biscuits

This selection is taken from our current seasonal range

Fresh Leaf Mint Tea


Fresh Pressed Lemonade

Coopers Sparkling Ale 375ml

Hot Toddy

Prosecco di Conegliano
AA Bellenda 2008, Italy, 100ml

Arnold Combier 2008, Burgundy 125ml

Freisa d’Asti
Giacomo Borgogno 2008, Piedmont, Italy 125ml

Marcillac 'Lo Sang del Pais'
Domaine du Cros 2009, SW France 125ml
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The V&A Reading Rooms are part of the V&A Shops. An emporium of over 2000 products of every colour, size and price, the V&A Shop responds to different sources of inspiration from across the collections of the V&A, and includes exclusive commissions, one-off vintage pieces, and products already part of design history, represented in the V&A's own collections.
Combined with this is a broad range of inexpensive but inspiring ideas to suit all ages and pockets. Jewellery, furniture, books, craft, toys, ceramics, fashion, design, glass, accessories and textiles are selected and commissioned from all over the world. The shop features leading design names from past and present including: Erdem, Roja Dove, Tata Naka, Alexis Bittar, Angie Lewin, Rob Ryan, and Edmund de Waal.

In addition, the V&A Bookshop is devoted to books and provides a destination store for specialists, students and fashion fans alike.
The V&A Bookshop is designed to encourage appreciation of all that the V&A has to offer, and across all aspects of the designed world. The V&A Bookshop offers a full range of the V&A's own publishing: a justly renowned list of over 120 fabulously illustrated books featuring the research, collections and exhibitions of the V&A.

Visit the V&A Shop online at For Mail Order call 020 7942 2696 where you can purchase any title from the V&A Reading Rooms.
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No.8 Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2HF

020 7225 0594

7 days a week

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The V&A Reading Rooms plays
host to a programme of regular
monthly events that celebrate
creativity and knowledge, all to
be experienced and enjoyed in
an intimate setting over a bottle
of wine. Designers, bloggers,
chefs, authors, curators,
illustrators and printmakers hold
court at informal talks and leading
makers with whom the V&A Shop
collaborates are all invited to
present craft nights.

The V&A Reading Rooms is
also available for private hire.
Email the team for details
Evenings at the V&A Reading Rooms
Thursdays at 7pm

May 10th
Edward Bawden, the Accidental Londoner with Peyton Skipwith and Brian Webb

Join Peyton Skipwith and Brian Webb, authors
of V&A Publishing's Edward Bawden's London,
as they discuss Bawden’s love of London and
his extensive career.

Click here for more dates and evenings
Craft Tuesdays at the V&A Reading Rooms

Check back soon for next event.

Details of our most recent event can be found at the link below.

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