wishing you all a wonderful and peaceful christmas day! dont you love mary’s tree of lampshades?
if you are really stuck for something to do on xmas day and boxing day, then a visit to the charles dickens museum is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are fascinated by the writer. there are lots of events on at xmas, but usually there are portraits of the family, the writing desk that dickens used to create his famous novels, his personal book collection - and even personal artefacts such as jewellery. at this time, the house will look very festive. after reading his biography by Claire Tomalin my interest in dickens was born.
nearby is the john soane museum – another architectural gem. not only is it a great educational eye opener, but an opportunity to see the inside of these wonderful london historic houses.
one of my musts this xmas holiday is to go to the geffrye museum - i havent been for ages, but its on my list. its a lovely time to visit, there is an exhibition of christmas past, 400 years of seasonal traditions in english homes! its a lovely day out, combine it with a visit to the flower market on sunday, pick up your flowers and beigels form brick lane.
another interesting and fascinating house to visit this xmas - dennis severs house in spitalfields. the 17C silkweavers house ,which was lovingly restored as a working house but in its original time, is an insight into life of that period and it certainly keeps your mind wondering. since severs has passed away the house has been beautifully maintained and continues to show in all its glory what life would have been like. – the grandeur of the wealthy, the darkness of the poor. its a museum, cum drama, cum personal collection – its just breathtaking – your eyes dart from corner to corner of each of the rooms on the 5 floors – absorbing the different scenarios, the different smells, the crackling of the open fires , the flickering of the candles- it really is a must visit. why not buy a visit for a friend – they would just love it. think of art crossed with drama.