Cultural Wednesday Wishes February

Miniskirts, mushrooms and magnificence make up my Cultural Wednesday Wishes February. If you are seeking inspiration for a cultural jaunt in London here is my pick of what’s new or free or about to finish that is worth heading for in February.

Petworth Beauties restored to full length portraits British Baroque Tate Britiain
British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain


British Baroque: Power and Illusion

When Charles II reclaimed the throne he used art too dazzle. He surrounded himself with the very latest in sparkly swanky baubles. Everything around him spoke of Power. Not everything on show is blingy there are also some jaw dropping trope l’oeil on show. Everything you ever wanted to know about the power and politics of the late Stuart period told via the medium of great art.

  • Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
  • until 19 April
  • Open: Daily 10am – 6pm
  • Admission: Adults £16, Members go Free

A quick glimpse at the ‘What’s On 2020’ list at both London Tates this year reveals that Aubery Beardsley, Steve McQueen, Andy Warhol, JMW Turner and Rodin are all the subject of must see shows this year. If you are going to buy one Museum Membership this year in London make it the Tate.


Not just one but two fabulous free things to see this February both quirky and both fantastic

Filthy Lucre at the V&A

Darren Waterston has reimagined the fabulous Peacock Room not as it is but in a state of decadent decay. For a bit of background ….. The Peacock Room was created by Whistler for the shipping magnate Frederick Leyland for his house just down the road from the V&A. Only trouble was that Whilstler went way over budget and Leyland refused to pay. the original room was boxed up and shipped to America long ago where you can still see it in the Freer Gallery in Washington. At first glance this installation is beautiful and then you look again and see the melting gold and fractured china and then you look again.

Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Funghi at Somerset House

Did you know that they hidden coal holes around the central courtyard in Somerset House are used to grow mushrooms? This is my top new fact so far in 2020. All things mushroom are on display here, as you would expect. Beatrix Potter’s fabulously detailed fungi paintings, quirky mushroom installations, typefaces grown out of mushrooms.

  • Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
  • until 26 April
  • Open: Daily 10am – 6pm until 8pm Wednesday – Friday
  • Admission: Free


Mary Quant at the V&A

Mary Quant said that they whole point of fashion was to make fashionable clothes available to everyone. In saying that she probably kickstarted the amazing choice of fashionable clothes that we have on the High Street today. Go to see mini skirts, cute yellow bootees and that daisy logo makeup they used to sell in Miss Selfridge. Whatever you do make sure you pop into Filthy Lucre on the way out.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road SW7 2RL
  • until 16 February
  • Open: Daily 10am – 5.45pm Friday until 10pm
  • Admission: Adults £12 Members go free


Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution in Ghent, Belgium

Jan Van Eyck changed everything. The way he painted made things look just a bit more real. Only twenty of his paintings survive and half of them have been gathered together in Ghent this Spring. Hop on a Eurostar and visit Ghent whilst you can. Just make sure you book an exhibition ticket first, it will be cheaper and you won’t have to queue.

What would be on your Wednesday Wishes February list?



  1. February 6, 2020 / 7:49 pm

    So much choice! My Wednesday wish (even though it’s Thursday night) is to come back to London 🙂

    • Catherine
      February 6, 2020 / 8:15 pm

      In my experience Wednesday is what ever day you wish it xx

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