Handily downstairs from the Warburton Gallery- Stag Cafe who run the great cafe at The Doocot have opened up a branch. Here is delectable homemade soup (lentil and coconut for £4 with bread) and a wide range of luscious cakes including gluten free. As it was pancake day the day I went – there was a pancake layer cake on that day.
The Warburton Gallery is in India Buildings on Victoria St. An amazing space well worth popping into to check out if you are in town. And handy for the Central Library. The Warburton Gallery is an organisation that specialises in taking over underused buildings and turning them into arts spaces.
Walked in a slightly disheveled and disorganised way through the V&A after the expensive lunch. I didn’t know it then but I was coming down with a lurgy hence my tiredness and general oophlesness. I made my way to the print gallery which as a very interesting exhibition of prints by Black printmakers. And wandering on the way back I spotted this rather lovely stained glass rabbit. I then exhausted myself by finding the 20 C galleries but did wander past the costumes. Saw my first Schiaparelli dress not in a book. Marvelled at the lurid colour sense of the Victorians. The went through Anglo-Indian exhibition and through furniture. By this time I was so tired I wanted to throw myself on the Great Bed of Ware and have a nap. But I gathered myself for my trip back north instead.
So on my last trip south I picked a late train back to Scotland – 4.30pm at Kings Cross. In theory I had plenty of time to get from Cambridge first thing. However… there was an ‘incident’ at Audley End and as it was the train in Kings Cross took an hour and a half. I Got myself to the V&A on the Picadilly Line (stopping off to use facilities at St Pancras – top tip – free!) and made it to the V&A about 11.45. After dumping my luggage, realising the exhibition i wanted to see had closed the day before, bought some postcards I just made my way straight to the cafe, clutching a map and a whats on guide. Deciding that a bit of sustenance and a sit down would help my frazzled self. Lunch lets not beat around the bush is ‘London prices’ a pork chop and one side was £12. But even if you are broke do set aside some thing for a cup of tea or coffee just so you can sit in the magnificent William Morris designed cafe. Three quite different rooms in style.