Our own Palace in Fulham, formerly the summer residence of the Bishops of London, comes to life during the Advent and Christmas season. Enjoy a concert, take a guided tour or simply enjoy a lovely coffee and indulgent home made cake after a frosty afternoon walk around Putney Bridge, the boat houses and the glorious arboretum of the Fulham Palace grounds. Enjoy a carol concert, take an historic walk with a guide, or enjoy the permanent exhibition. Various wreath-making classes available in December as well. More here
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
Wonderful art and cafes to unwind: The Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadily is a must for seasoned globe trotters
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.
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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Many guests who stay here at 21 Barclay Road also visit Paris, before or after London, or even in between for a night or two. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see several of the only 39 existing Vermeers. Read review here.