festive things to do in london

so we had an eventful xmas – on xmas eve Robert and I went to the charles dickens museum –  its a fun insight into the writer’s life, especially if you are interested by the writer.   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.  there are characters from the book that keep you entertained as you walk around the house, making it more fun and engaging for children.  after reading his biography by Claire Tomalin my interest in dickens was born – not only does it tell the story of the author, but it vividly describes a london of that era.    not only is it a great educational eye opener, but an opportunity to see the inside of these wonderful london historic houses.

on xmas morning, whilst Robert was cooking, the kids and I took a walk to the top of Primrose Hill – it had finally stopped raining and was actually a bright sunny crisp day.  the view from the top of the hill is always a stunning picture of London. we must make use of the wonderful parks that London has – they are our treasures.

on Boxing Day, I went to see Little Women with a girlfriend – its one of my favourite books that I read as a young girl and this new version by Greta Gerwig, is so enjoyable, as it interplays with the story of the writer as she is writing the book, but also telling the story of the book;  in fact at times its hard to realise what is the authors life or whether she is telling the story that she has written.  its beautifully shot, but the clothes are just to die for.  I now want to dress in those victorian layers.  definitely worth seeing .

i know i tell you every year, but its always a lovely xmas treat and could be an idea for a gift, but for a great insight into 17C london life, you must visit the  fascinating  dennis severs house in spitalfields.  they have a special ‘spirit for the christmas’ season for this time of year. Robert and I went again today and it never fails to please you.

the 17C silkweavers house ,which has been lovingly restored as a working house – 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.

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