Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Welcome to my Cultural Wednesday Wishes my cultural wish list for the week ahead and a book to read on the way. Less than two weeks to go before museums and galleries can reopen again, to say that I am excited is an understatement. In eager anticipation I did my big summer/winter clothes swap around, just in time for the coldest May Day bank holiday ever. When museums do reopen booking ahead will be essential, take a look at my guide to London Exhibitions and Museum reopening to plan your cultural jaunts.

Wednesday Wishes cultural guide to what's on this week and a book to read on the way

Exhibition of the Week

Whilst we wait for museums and galleries to reopen on May 17 the National Gallery have produced a new online tour. During lockdown the Director of the National Gallery Dr Gabriele Finaldi wrote a weekly email to supporters focussing on a different picture every week.  Now you they have been bought together in the National Gallery Directors Tour. You can virturally wander round the National Gallery with Dr Finaldi looking at the paintings and reading his thoughts.  I really enjoyed his tour and can’t wait to see the paintings in person too.

Trees of the Week

One hundred oak saplings have appeared outside Tate Modern this week.  They are not a new public park but rather an art installation entitled Beuys’ Acorns by Ackroyd & Harvey.  The pair have taken their inspiration from Joseph Beuys 7000 oaks, City Forestation Instead of City Administrationinstallion in the German city of Castle during the 1980’s.  The oak saplings will remain in place until 14 November, when Tate Modern opens its door again you will be able to look down on the frees from the viewing platform at the top of Tate Modern until then you can view from ground level.

Cocktail of the Week

My cocktail making skills have been honed during lockdown.  Sloe Gin Negroni is my signature tipple.  Just as my home made supplies of Sloe Gin are running low the has launched Buckingham Palace Sloe Gin, available at a Palace near you or online at the Royal Collection Trust shop.  To try a Sloe Gin Negroni at home you need one measure each of Sloe Gin, Campari and Vermouth poured over copious quantities of ice and serve with a slice of orange. Cheers.

Book of the Week

Taskmaster and Ghosts are two of the most popular family shows here at Cultural Wednesday Towers.  Katy Wix has starred in both and so is also a favourite.  Delicacy by Katy Wix is not the kind of book that you would expect to be written by a funny lady from the TV.  It is a memoir about cake and death and not funny haha at all.  It is wise and wry and made me snort with laughter.  Katy writes about twenty episodes in her life each defined by a type of cake, it is always raw, never sweet and well worth a read.

For more lockdown reading inspiration check out my Best Books 2020 and Summer Reads guides.

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 Headline for sending me a proof copy of Delicacy by Katy Wix, all opinions and a fondness for cake are my own.

Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?



  1. May 5, 2021 / 8:03 pm

    Really looking forward to the Tate trees – and to some of that sloe gin, thank you very much!

    • Catherine
      May 5, 2021 / 8:10 pm

      Shame that the trees are not sloes!

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