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.

Christmas in Museum Land

Regal regalia is the order of the day over at the Queen’s Gallery with big crown baubles gracing the royal Christmas Tree.

Crown bauble

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.

Hogwarts dining room

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.

Cartier Bond Street

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?



  1. December 24, 2017 / 1:12 am

    A lovely look at parts of London we don’t always see and a very glitzy tree! Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to catching up with your blog in 2018. xx

  2. December 24, 2017 / 6:55 am

    Hi Catherine, the lobter bauble dod make me smile, but I too am not sure it will catch on. Not really. The Elizabethan Hall does look spectacular, I hope the food was as graind as the surroundings. And the Cartier building does look impressive all wrapped up in a big redbow. Not sure I could ever afford to set foot inside though.

    Wishing you and your a very Merry Christmas.


  3. December 24, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Have I seen any amazing decorations? Well the decorations around the Royal Festival Hall are pretty impressive. You have caught some highlights in your pics though. Love the crown, unsure about the lobster though. Okay, it’s Dali, but s little surreal!

  4. December 24, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Well, I hadn’t considered a lobster decoration, you’ve made me think. Hehe. Wishing you a merry Christmas.

  5. December 24, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Love those lobsters! Great photos, have a super christmas x

  6. December 24, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I would never have considered lobsters on the tree, but now I want one

  7. December 24, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    There really are some spectacular decorations around aren’t they. London really does know how to DO Christmas. Have a wonderful festive family Christmas! #mysundayphoto

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