Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Who cares about pubs and hairdressers?  Museums are beginning to reopen their doors.  Pre-booking online and masks are requirements for most places.  All promise copious supplies of hand sanitiser.  Now all you need to do is gather up courage to step onto public transport.

Anish Kapoor Sky Mirror Houghton Hall
Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall

Hot ticket of the week

The National Gallery is the first of the big beast museum and galleries off the mark.  They have three one way tours to choose from (you can do all three if you want) as well as two special exhibitions.  The excellent Nicolaes Maes is in the basement and free.  Upstairs and paid for is Titian, but be warned tickets are selling like hotcakes for Titian: Love, Desire, Death, if you want to go (it is brilliant) then pop over and book as soon as you have read the rest of Wednesday Wishes!  

For a complete rundown of which London museums are open when and how to book check out my guide to London Museums Reopening.

Art Week of the Week

This week is London Art Week when London’s galleries and auction houses put their very best objects on show.  No need to make the trek to Mayfair this year as London Art Week has moved online.  You can attend lectures or visit virtual viewing rooms.  Every year I come away stunned by the sheer variety of artworks that you can buy in London (if money is no object) I covet a medieval manuscript but confess that I am not sure what I would do with one if I had one. 

Sculpture of the Week

The Cultural Wednesday household will be heading to Norfolk for Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall.  The teens are excited because they loved the energy of ArcelorMittal Orbit when we visited the Queen Elizabeth Park and I am really looking forward to seeing big Norfolk skies reflected in Sky Mirrors. 

Book of the Week

I love a Tudor whodunnit.  Giordano Bruno heretic monk turned spy is my favourite hero.  Execution by S J Parris the sixth in series is published this week.  Bruno is back in London and has the thorny matter plots swirling around Mary Queen of Scots and mysterious murder to solve.  That’s my weekend sorted.

If you have a pile of unread books, why not make the most of the time at home to join me in my To Be Read Challenge.

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Where will you virtually wander this week?



  1. April 1, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Kettle’s Yard is my fav museum of all time. x

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Love it too, haven’t been since its revamp that was scheduled for Easter but will have to wait

  2. April 1, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Ooh, weekly suggestions! Every cloud… and love that the V&A are (virtually) spoiling their members still

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      It was a lovely surprise on Monday

  3. April 15, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    You’re too kind, thanks Catherine. And as always, you manage to highlight new and exciting things to see which I didn’t know about. I’ve never managed to make it to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so thanks for the Opera North tip.

    • Catherine
      April 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Hopefully the seats should be comfier

  4. May 20, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Giverny is a dream! It was the inspiration for many a decorated room.

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:14 am

      I really do need to visit

  5. Jane Ayres
    May 20, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Great blog as always. So much good info.
    We visited Monet’s beautiful home. The gardens are stunning and the house had a wonderful feeling of peace…at least it did before the guide blue his whistle at us when Ed,aged 12, touched a sofa😩😩

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I can see that an officious whistle would destroy the peace

  6. May 20, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    So many of the things I love in this post. The Garden museum is such London Gem, the Dutch House is a fabulous read, and who doesn’t love Kew. We should have been going to Giverny in June. I’ve wanted to go for so long, this is one of the cancellations I’m saddest about

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Hopefully next year xx

  7. May 23, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I went to the Chelsea Flower Show when I lived in London and had such a great time! It’s a gorgeous show, and I’m in awe of your dad visiting or judging every year bar two.

    • Catherine
      May 23, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      He was a Plantsman to his fingertips

  8. Lena Hartl
    June 9, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Oh I hear you about Epsom! My husband is born on Derby day and we always got as a couple to the Oaks and then on the Saturday we get tickets for the Hill enclosure and meet up with family, friends and their kinds to enjoy a picnic. It’s the one thing I really really missed during lockdown…

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2020 / 10:08 am

      They will run it later behind closed doors but it is the picnics and gathering of people that make it special.

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