Flags and all; Jasper Johns at the RA, London

Big, Bold, Audacious; this is the strong art of American Jasper Johns. Lots to observe and learn here about flags, targets, numbers and other icons used by Johns in his large canvases inspired by the American landscape of the 1960s to this day. See https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/jasper-johns

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Wonderful art and cafes to unwind: The Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadily is a must for seasoned globe trotters

Sargent Watercolours at Dulwich Picture Gallery

It's a quick 3 stops for Victoria to the leafy suburb of Dulwich, where London's first public picture gallery opened long ago. Until next month you can take in a fabulous exhibit of watercolours by John Singer Sargent. "Delicious," in the words of the co-curator, Richard Ormond, who is the great nephew of Sargent and an art historian in his own right. Have lunch at Rocca before or afterwards. The village atmosphere of Dulwich will remind you of Chatham, Cape Cod.

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Fashion's finest at the V&A Museum; Balenciaga, courture icon

From the V&A website, here is a good introduction to this couture icon.

"Known as 'The Master' of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga was one of the most innovative and influential fashion designers of the last century. His exquisite craftsmanship and pioneering use of fabrics revolutionised the female silhouette, setting the tone for modern fashion.

"Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is the first UK exhibition to explore the work and legacy of the Spanish couturier, showcasing over 100 garments and hats crafted by Balenciaga, his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. It examines Balenciaga's work from the 1950s and 1960s – arguably the most creative period of his career – when he dressed some of the most renowned women of the age and became revered by his contemporaries, including Christian Dior and Coco Chanel."

Also enjoy this blog by a guest who stayed in our lovely London B&B guest rooms in order to spend a few days in London for shopping and a visit to this exquiste exhibition. 

Stay with us here off the Fulham Road in our elegant London B&B; it's a short ride up Fulham Road on the 14 or 414 red bus to the V&A museum. 

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Bake BREAD plus London boutique B&B

Bread baking is an art that few master. But that's changing all over the world and even in our neighbourhood. Ma Baker (aka Liz Wilson) is an award-winning baker of all things purely bread. Several of our guests have taken her courses--a 10 minute walk from our elegant London B&B-- and return swarming about how wonderful the day was. Be empowered; learn to bake daily bread and stay overnight with us here at our boutique London B&B, 21 Barclay Road SW6 1EJ LONDON.  See bread for life

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