Wednesday Wishes this week has featured many rides on the 149 bus across London Bridge to the City. Three of this week’s wishes were on the 149 route. I also ventured over to Mayfair and down to seaside in Hastings too. Even better all but one of my wishes are free this week.
Museum of the Week
Back in the mists of time when Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays was new one Spring morning three friends and I headed over to the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. Now the museum has just reopened after a multi million pound facelift and a new name the Museum of the Home. It does what it says on the tin and explores the history of the homes of ordinary Londoners. Part of the story is told via a series of room sets that show London living rooms down the ages. It is a wonderful place and FREE. Even better it now has a cafe that becomes a cultural cocktail bar in the evenings.
Sculpture of the Week part 1
Sculpture in the City has a series of sculptures dotted round the City of London, they stay there for a year and then are replaced with a fresh crop. The latest selection of 25, the tenth so far, have just been installed. You can download maps from the Sculpture in the City website, it is a great way to explore the City.
Exhibition of the Week
Noel Coward: Art and Style has just opened at the Guildhall Art Gallery. It tells the story of Noel Coward from a quite humble background to being the epitome of style. A soundtrack of Noel Coward songs serenades you as you wander round taking in the many beautiful clothes and photographs. A beautiful, stylish exhibition and FREE but you still need to book tickets via the Guildhall Gallery website. Even better on the way out you can pop downstairs to explore London’s Roman Amphitheatre.
Sculpture of the Week part 2
Over in Mayfair this weekend is both the last weekend of the Mayfair Sculpture Trail AND Mayfair Art Week. Why not download the map of the Sculpture trail and pop into some of the forty or so galleries that are participating in the art week. I loved meeting these two resin ladies in Berkeley Square.
Worth leaving London for of the Week
Hastings is one of our favourite day trips. It takes us about an hour and a half to drive or trains from central London take just under two hours. Hastings Contemporary is an excellent gallery right on the sea front. Seaside Modern: Art and Life on the Beach takes a look at the way that the seaside was depicted in art between the wars, it is a delicious combination of railway posters, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and picture postcards. Afterwards we had fish and chips at Maggies a perfect day out.
Book of the Week
The Stranding by Kate Sawyer deals with the end of the world as we know it. We start with Ruth discovering a dying whale washed up on a beach. Then we flip to London where Ruth is entangled in a relationship that she thinks promises much but bout which everyone one else is sceptical. The flipping between present and past continues through the book. Shortly after the whale dies a nuclear blast occurs which Ruth and a stranger survive by climbing into the dead whale. The Stranding is a powerful beautiful book that is ultimately hopeful and about survival but boy are there tough times along the way. An incredible book.
Contains affiliate links if you click a link and buy a book it will cost you the same but I will get a small payment. Thank you to Coronet for a preview copy of The Stranding, all opinions are my own.
Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?