Cultural Wednesday Wishes: January

Welcome both to 2020 and to Wednesday Wishes January. Every month there will be a Wednesday Wishes where you will find my top wishes for each month. Something new, something free, something to catch before it closes and something worth traveling for.


Inside Two Temple Place
Two Temple Place stained glass
UNBOUND: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles at Two Temple Place

All my favourites here. Textiles and terrific interior decor. I love a textile, love stroking them, making with them, admiring them, wearing them. Two Temple Place is the most beautiful extraordinary building. Every Spring it hosts a fascinating free exhibition. This year it is all about textiles. Go to be bowled over not only by the display but also by your surroundings.

  • Unbound: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles
  • Two Temple Place,  WC2R 3BD
  • 25th January 2020 – 19th April 2020
  • Admission: FREE


ZANDRA RHODES: 50 Years of Fabulous at Fashion and Textile Museum

More textiles. This time delicious Zandra Rhodes’ frocks and fabric. Looking back over the 50 year career of Zandra Rhodes, there was not one single frock that I didn’t covet. Even better the Fashion and Textile Museum has an excellent cafe as well as bright pink exterior walls.

  • Zandra Rhodes: 50 Year of Fabulous
  • Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF
  • until 26 January 2020
  • Admission: Adults £9.90


Canary Wharf Winter Lights

Twenty-five luminous light works are coming to brighten up the January gloom at Canary Wharf. The festival has been running for six years and every year I fail to head East. This year I will. There will be street food stalls to keep you fed and watered as you wander round. You can download a map of the artworks and to see all of them should take around 90 minutes.


Rembrandt statue
Rembrandt at the Museum de Lakenhal
Young Rembrandt at Museum de Lakenhal Leiden

Rembrandt died 400 years ago last year. The last hurrah of marking the passing of the great man was an exhibition of his early work in the city of his birth. Leiden is the perfect destination for a January weekend away, lots of canalside cafes and very easy to get to either by ferry, train or plane from the UK. If you don’t manage to cross the North Sea the exhibition will be travelling to the Ashmolean in Oxford afterwards.

  • Young Rembrandt: Rising Star
  • Museum de Lakenhal, Oude Singel 32, Leiden
  • until 9 February 2020
  • Admission: €20

January is the time for exhibitions to end in London it was hard to pick just one. Gaugin at the National Gallery, Bridget Riley at the Hayward and Pre-Raphaelite Women at the National Portrait Gallery are all finishing this month. For a full round up what’s on check out my Best London Spring Exhibitions post.

What would be on your Wednesday Wishes January list?

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