This stop makes up one of the best things to do in London if you love fashion, or ceramics, glassware, jewelry, textiles or furniture for these prized items are spread across more than 150 galleries in this High Victorian treasure trove. The fashion collections are a major draw, but so are the 10 new major Medieval and Renaissance galleries that opened in 2009, which include items such as Leonardo di Vinci’s sketchbooks. The building itself is devilishly handsome, centered around a serene courtyard with a paddling pool, which is a charming place to have some tea and cake. When the weather’s unkind, it’s a good excuse to head to the interior cafes housed in the gracious 19th-century refreshment rooms. On the last Friday of the month, the V&A stays up late, with free live acts, DJs and a bar.