London’s museums are always entrancing to me but at Christmas they all put on their very best clothes. Christmas in Museum Land has provided some beautiful and inventive decorations.
Life size lobster baubles anyone? Taking inspiration from Salvador Dali’s lobster telephone, the Royal Academy tree is adorned with giant golden lobsters. Surrealism is on show at the Royal Academy in the Dali / Duchamp exhibition until January 3. If you haven’t been yet and have a spare few moments over the holidays then do pop in (although it has some adult themes and maybe not one to visit with children). I confess that I’m not sure if the golden lobsters will catch on.
Regal regalia is the order of the day over at the Queen’s Gallery with big crown baubles gracing the royal Christmas Tree.
You can buy those big crowns in the gift shop but I thought these smaller beautifully embroidered crowns were more likely to look at home on my less than palace-sized tree.
Not strictly a museum, in fact not a museum at all but a cornerstone of our legal system, Middle Temple is one of the hidden gems of London. I was invited for lunch in the stunning Elizabethan hall, it was all very Hogwarts and sported a magnificent tree. There will be a fuller post about my visit in January.
Whilst dashing from an auction preview at Sotheby’s to the Royal Academy I passed Cartier all wrapped up for Christmas. Not a museum, but I was en route from seeing beautiful books to eye popping life drawing.
Most innovative of all the tree that I have seen this year was at the Victoria and Albert museum. Designed by Es Devlin, best known for sculptures used on stage in Royal Opera House and National Theatre productions, the tree takes words that are typed in by visitors to the museum and then displays them on the tree accompanied by a choir of synthesised voices. I confess that I spent a long time transfixed by this tree.
To see my London Christmas Lights pictures click on the blue words. Have you seen any eye catching Christmas decorations whilst you have been out and about this month?