Treasures of the Royal Courts comes to London

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The Victoria & Albert Museum will open a new exhibition that will show the luxury royal courts of Britain and Russia.

Treasures of the Royal Courts will begin on March 9th and run until July 14th so is ideal for anyone staying in central London hotels over the coming months.

Focusing on the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs, more than 150 items will feature in the exhibition to highlight the wealth of trade between the two nations.

Exhibits will range from furniture and jewellery to textiles and artwork, and will provide a valuable insight into the high level of craftsmanship of the era.

Martin Roth, the director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said: "This exhibition tells us about Britain’s longstanding relationship with Russia as well as highlighting similarities of diplomacy and exchange between both countries – then and today.

"Our partnership with the Kremlin Museums continues this association and we are delighted to bring together such extraordinary treasures from both museums."

Visitors will be able to get a rare glimpse of a portrait of Elizabeth, the famous Barbor jewel, a pendant of enamelled gold with an onyx cameo of Elizabeth I, a hand-coloured map of Muscovy and Shakespeare's First Folio.

Admission costs £8 and there are various concession discounts available.

The Victoria & Albert Museum is close to South Kensington London Underground station on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines. It is also located near to a number of other great attractions including the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.