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Great London Shopping Streets: A Short Guide to Oxford Street

Oxford Street is London’s main shopping street in the West End and runs from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch. Oxford Street is considered Europe’s busiest shopping street with around half a million daily visitors, and around 300 shops.

Oxford Street is the latest name for a road that was originally part of a Roman road, in the Middle Ages it was known as Tyburn Road which notorious as the route taken by prisoners from Newgate Prison to the gallows at Tyburn which located near Marble Arch.

It became known as Oxford Road and then Oxford Street in the 18th century, and gradually began to change from residential to a commercial and retail district during the late 19th century.

The first department stores in Britain opened on Oxford Street in the early 20th century, including Selfridges and John Lewis.

The retail development during the 20th century was quite mixed with major department stores and flagship stores congregated towards the Marble Arch end and more downmarket stores towards Tottenham Court Road. Many of the stores have been trading on the street for almost a century and many stores have their flagship store on the street.

The modern Oxford Street runs for approximately 1.2 miles (1.9 km) and is one of the most popular shopping destinations in London for visitors. Oxford Street is famous for being decorated with Christmas lights, recently it has been the tradition a celebrity or celebrities turning the lights on in November, and the lights remain on until early January.

For many years, Oxford Street has thrived due to its popularity with overseas visitors, however the pandemic has highlighted that even Oxford Street is facing the ‘high street’ decline that has affected high streets all over the UK.

The closure of well known department stores like Debenhams has forced a rethink for many retailers who must be more innovative to attract customers. 

The future Oxford Street is likely to be not just retail but rather a place where you come for a wider experience of attractions.

Stores on Oxford Street include Adidas, Boots, Burton, John Lewis & Partners, Longines, M&S, Moleskine, Moss Bros, New Balance, Next, Omega, Primark, River Island, Samsung, Selfridges, Swarovski, Swatch, The Body Shop, The Disney Store, Timberland, Tissot, Topman, Topshop and Uniqlo.

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The Jones Family Affair Restaurant opens in Covent Garden

If you are visiting a London theatre this month, why not treat yourself with a visit to an brand new modern steak restaurant and cocktail bar, situated in the heart of theatreland, just off Trafalgar Square. The Jones family have just opened their latest restaurant, The Jones Family Affair, sister to The Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets and experience great food, great drinks in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The Jones Family Affair restaurant has 150 covers which are spread over two floors. The centre of the restaurant has a huge atrium style skylight, allowing natural light to flood in. A variety of tables and banquette seating fills the floor space surrounded by eye-catching art work and furniture.

The care and attention to the surroundings is matched by the attention to good food, The Jones Family Affair collaborates with England’s premier farmer and butcher, The Ginger Pig and Fish arrives daily from day boats in Cornwall and the South Coast through Flying Fish, who pride themselves on the highest quality and sustainability.

Photo by River Thompson

Starter dishes include Jones’ House Smoked Bacon Salad, Jones Fillet Tartare with truffle and beef dripping toast or Pan-Fried Scallops with Black Pudding.

Fish dishes include Fried Cod, with Fennel Spinach and Orange or Turbot with Leeks, Grilled Cauliflower and Mushrooms. Additional signature dishes include: Jones Chuck Burger served with slow cooked oxtail, iceberg, tomato, sesame pickle & fries, add Ginger Pig bacon & mature cheddar and Tamworth Pork Chop served with Chorizo, new potatoes, spinach, confit garlic and paprika butter, black pudding. Vegetarian options include Roasted Pumpkin with parmesan flan, lentil stuffed cabbage and cauliflower tempura.

The lunch menu also includes lighter dishes such as a Superfood Salad or ‘Everything on Toast’ including avocado, spinach and poached egg.

The Desserts menu includes Chocolate & Peanut Cream Cake, Pear Tatin, or a selection of British cheeses.

The Cocktail bar at The Jones Family Affair offers a range of modern and old classics. The innovative cocktail menu includes the strong (The Almost Old Fashioned blends both whiskey and rum), the sour (including a fluffy Saffron Sour), the bitter (the Lost Negroni has a house-blend of vermouths and bitters) and the bubbly (the Apple Bellini throws Prosecco together with apple liqueur). An extensive wine list (divided by both style and country) featuring over 30 accessible wines offered.

With so many theatres on their doorstep, The Jones Family Affair offers a pre and post theatre menu to those attending the delights of the London opera, ballet and theatre. The menu offers 2 courses £19.50 and 3 for £23.50.

The restaurant also offers a number of spaces perfect for a variety of different events from 4 to 30 people. From a business lunch or birthday party in the private dining area, which also has its own bar and street views, to small cosy living room style space for 6-8.

The Jones Family Affair Restaurant is an option if you are looking for a variety of dining experiences in a wonderful location in the heart of London’s theatreland.

Open from 12 – 12 Monday – Saturday

Jones Family Affair
40-42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
020 3750 2121
reservations@jonesfamilyaffair.co.uk

Jones Family Kitchen
7-8 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9AZ
020 3929 6000
bookbelgravia@jonesfamilykitchen.co.uk

For more information, visit the Jones Family website here

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Christmas in Borough Market

One of the delights of the pre Christmas period in London is to take a trip to Borough Market and sample some of the festive fare to get into that real Christmas spirit.

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark on the South Bank of the Thames, It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London and over the last few years has gained a reputation as one of the finest markets in London.

Part of that reputation is due to the quality of food and drink available and many of the market’s most famous traders have become brands in their own right.

The market generally consists of around 70 stalls at which fresh produce is sold this includes fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. As well as produce grown in the UK, other stalls specialise in quality produce imported from abroad.

A Borough Market has existed in one form or another since 1014, although has moved to various sites around the Borough and London Bridge area. The present buildings are mostly from the 19th century when the market was one of the most important in London for fresh produce.

The Market is run by a charitable trust who maintain a commitment to quality and high standards, only stall holders that reach these standards are allowed to sell at the market.

In recent years the Market has become the haunt of celebrity chefs and a trendy place to buy food, it also features in a number of TV and films.

One of the joys of visiting the Borough Market is to wander around the various stalls and tasting the often delicious produce and take in the wonderful fragrances of the street food. Some of the food is expensive but the quality is usually excellent and the stall holders are very knowledgeable about their products and are happy to impart that knowledge if you are interested.

OPENING TIMES FOR CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR

Monday 22 November: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 23 November: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 24 November: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 25 November: 10am – 5pm

Friday 26 November: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 27 November: 8am – 5pm

Sunday 28 November: 10am – 4pm

Monday 29 November: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 30 November: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 1 December: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 2 December: 10am – 5pm

Friday 3 December: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 4 December: 8am – 5pm

Sunday 5 December: 10am – 4pm

Monday 6 December: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 7 December: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 8 December: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 9 December: 10am – 5pm

Friday 10 December: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 11 December: 8am – 5pm

Sunday 12 December: 10am – 4pm

Monday 13 December: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 14 December: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 15 December: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 16 December: 10am – 5pm

Friday 17 December: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 18 December: 8am – 5pm

Sunday 19 December: 10am – 4pm

Monday 20 December: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 21 December: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 22 December: 10am – 6pm

Thursday 23 December: 8am – 6pm

Friday 24 December: 8am – 3pm

Saturday 25 December: Closed

Sunday 26 December: Closed

Monday 27 December: Closed

Tuesday 28 December: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 29 December: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 30 December: 10am – 5pm

Friday 31 December: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 1 January: Closed

Sunday 2 January: Closed

Monday 3 January: Closed

Tuesday 4 January: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 5 January: 10am – 5pm

Thursday 6 January: 10am – 5pm

Friday 7 January: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 8 January: 8am – 5pm

Sunday 9 January: 10am – 2pm

For more information, visit the Borough Market website here

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Christmas at Hay’s Galleria

After the difficult last couple of years, London is pulling out all the stops to bring Christmas cheer to the capital.

As part of the Christmas by the River event that runs from London Bridge to Tower Bridge, Hay’s Galleria has entered the festive spirit with trees and decorations filling the impressive complex.

Hay’s Galleria is a Grade II listed building in Bankside which is a mixed use complex that includes restaurants, shops, offices and apartments.

The Galleria has been developed using the warehouse and associated wharf (Hay’s Wharf) that was created in 1859. The wharf had an enclosed dock which in the 18th century was a major wharf for bringing Tea into London. Damaged by the Great Fire of Southwark in 1861 and by bombing in the Second World War it was often rebuilt, however it was the demise of the London Docks that led to Hay’s Wharf closing in 1970.

In the 1980s the area was developed by the St Martin’s Property Corporation and Hay’s Galleria was created by closing the dock gates, covering the dock and covering the entire space with a glass roof.

The centrepiece of the Galleria is a 60ft moving sculpture of a ship called ‘The Navigators’ by David Kemp which was unveiled in 1987.

With stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline nearby, Hay’s Galleria attracts many visitors who walk along the South side of the Thames.

For more information, visit the Christmas by the River website here

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Threads of Time at No 20 Arts from 10 December 2021 to 26 February 2022

Shivanjani Lal, Yaad Karo [1879-1920] London Edition, 2021

No 20 Arts present THREADS OF TIME, a group show featuring artworks by Yang-En Hume, Seungwon Jung, Shivanjani Lal, and Sunghoon Yang. This exhibition brings together a group of artists as they delve into the past through personal memories and cultural histories.

Yang-En Hume Mausoleum, 2020

Yang-En Hume is an Australian-Singaporean artist based in London who works with textiles, installation, and photograms. Concerned by archival practices, Hume questions why only certain objects are memorialised in museums. Using found lace, fabric, and familial photographs sourced from flea markets, Hume creates hanging installations, and photograms. Scans and photographs of found objects are printed onto translucent fabric and often interwoven with embroidery. In their layering and distortion, they embody the fragmentary nature of memory, while representing moments of the past, and personal histories.

Seungwon Jung, Mound (2019),

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Seungwon Jung lives and works in London. Jung creates work at the intersection of digital and traditional craft, using photography to create tapestries, sculptures, and prints. She uses imagery of rock depositions which have formed geological strata. Each layer coordinates to a period of time, revealing millions of years of the past. Jung takes the imagery and uses her computer to create a textile pattern, from which she hand-knots a tapestry, reflecting on the passage of time.

Shivanjani Lal, 4 Lines Across a Horizon – Ba, 2021

Shivanjani Lal is an Australian artist with Indo-Fijian ancestry living and working in Australia and the UK. Drawing on historical documents, familial photographs, and specifically sourced materials, Lal creates sculptures, installations, and works on paper.

Red threads embroidered across maps show the route of the British ships which transported Lal’s ancestors from India to Fiji to work as indentured labourers on sugar-cane fields. Her work aims to account for this history, through exploring familial migration, ancestral loss, and futures of healing. A connection to sugar is seen again in Lal’s sculptures. Each sculpture has been created from casts of sugar cane, and in some cases, the plaster has been infused with turmeric. The broken parts of these fragile sculptures speak to the fragmented histories of diasporic communities.

Sunghoon Yang, Memory II, 2015

Sunghoon Yang is a South Korean artist based in Daegu. Using catalogues and photographs of traditional Koreanceramics, Yang creates paintings which explore ideas of memory and time. Memory I and Memory II each show a singular ceramic, filling the canvas. Based on moon jars found in domestic museums, and national and private collections, these works reflect the hands through which the pottery has passed over hundreds of years. They embody the stories of each person who once held it, in the cracks and imperfections visible on the surface.

About No 20 Arts

Opened in January 2017, No 20 Arts is a centre for contemporary arts. A multi-functional space, the gallery hosts a programme of exhibitions, performances and events that support emerging and established artists working across all media.

No 20 Arts
20 Cross Street
London N1 2BG

For more information, visit the No 20 Arts website here

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 Christmas at Bankside

This Christmas at Bankside, one of London’s oldest and interesting neighbourhoods is hosting a series of festive events, performances, food, drink, art and entertainment throughout the season. The world famous and historic – Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe – and newer arrivals like Flat Iron Square, One Night Records and St Felix Place, underline the area’s centuries-old reputation as the place where Londoners go to relax and have fun.

Among the highlights of Christmas 2021

The Ghosts of Bankside Past: festive walking tour

From Dickens to pantomime dames, many things synonymous with Christmas have their roots in Bankside. Join Mr Londoner, aka blue badge tour guide Antony Robbins, and delve into this remarkable neighbourhood’s fascinating and festive past.

Date: Saturday 11 December, 11.30am-1pm. FREE but booking required hereMeet at Rabot London on Bedale Street for a free decadent hot chocolate to keep you warm on your walk.

Borough Market’s Festive Kitchen

On 7, 8 and 9 December, visitors are welcomed to the illuminated historic arches of Borough Market to experience a new, free, three-day pop-up – Borough Market’s Festive Kitchen – with cooking demos by a host of guest chefs. The popular annual ‘An Evening of Cheese’ returns to the Market on 15 December (6-8pm) and the Borough Market Kitchen will open until 9pm every Thursday.

Southwark Cathedral – Angels, Advent and Carols

The Merbecke Choir Advent Concert

Step into the candlelit Cathedral and join the Cathedral Merbecke Choir for an exploration of angels and Christmas. Some of the greatest music has been written in celebration of these mysterious, powerful, wonderful creatures. By bringing angelic works to life, the Cathedral hopes to conjure up some of the light and beauty of the choirs of angels. Date: Saturday 4 December at 7.30pm.

Tickets: From free to £15.00 via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angels-the-merbecke-choir-advent-concert-tickets-205341049607

Christmas Concert: A Ceremony of Carols with the Southwark Cathedral Choir

Southwark Cathedral invites you to one of the highlights of the festive season, an evening of traditional Christmas carols performed by the Boys and Gentlemen of the Cathedral choir, as well as Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, A Ceremony of CarolsDate: Friday 17 December at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £12.50-£15.00 via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southwark-cathedral-choir-christmas-concert-a-ceremony-of-carols-tickets-205269064297

Shakespeare’s Globe – The Fir Tree

The Globe Theatre returns to its roots for a magical re-imagining and re-wilding of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Fir Tree, the story of Christmas told from the perspective of the tree. Bring friends, family, partners, neighbours and, with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand, gather under the wintry star-lit sky for a fireside dose of story, song, candlelight and hope.

Dates: 20 – 30 December.

Tickets: Seated: £49 – £15; half price seated tickets are available for Under 16s. Standing: £5.

Via:https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/the-fir-tree-2021/#book

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Swan

Seasonal British produce is at the heart of Swan Restaurant’s menu, with local ingredients and stunning views across the Thames to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Swan’s Festive Afternoon Tea is a celebration of the Christmas season, featuring Mont Blanc shots, snowman chouxs and lemon gingerbread swans adorned with gold crowns. Dates: Until 30 December 2021. More info at https://swanlondon.co.uk

Omeara – Rock the Belles Christmas

A night of Christmas hip-hop, dancehall, R&B and Afrobeat at vital grassroots live music venue Omeara at Flat Iron Square. Date: 18 December from 10.30pm until late.

Tickets: £10 from https://www.omearalondon.com/events/rock-the-belles-christmas

One Night Records: The Christmas Edit

Part gig, part festival, part immersive adventure, One Night Records invites you under the arches of the Low Line railway viaduct and into six mystical worlds of live music, with settings perfectly matching the tunes you hear. Expect the languid luxury of a smoky jazz club under one arch, and rock ‘n’ roll guitar under another. Alongside the theatrical staging and the soulful singing, there will be themed food and drink, fuelling you to sing and dance the night away. Dates: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm. Tickets: £35 from https://www.onenightrecords.com

Bankside Gallery – Mini Picture Show 2021

A new exhibition of contemporary watercolours and original prints by artists from the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. These are affordable works on a small scale that will be perfect for all last-minute Christmas shopping needs!

Dates: 3 December 2021 – 30 January 2022. More at https://www.banksidegallery.com

Flat Iron Square – The Winter Garden

Flat Iron Square swings open its gates and welcomes you to the Winter Garden. The on-site bar, ‘Apres’, will become the ‘Cîroc Chalet’, modelled on the traditional Scandi ski-lodge, complete with warming winter cocktails. On Saturday nights, the chalet welcomes live DJs from 8pm (and a ‘best dressed’ competition). Outside the Chalet, the Winter Garden features an assortment of bars serving an all-new winter drinks menu among pine trees and fairy lights. Dates: Until 23 December. For the latest, visit www.flatironsquare.co.uk

St Felix Place

A little further along Southwark Street is Flat Iron’s sister spot, where things are a bit more chilled, but no less festive. There will be a weekly themed quiz on Tuesdays, candle making workshops on Wednesdays, private booths for hire, DJ John Kennedy’s Saturday Sessions and a host of surprises. Slip into the on-site tap room to sample the quality beers being made before your very eyes.

Dates: Until 23 December. More at www.stfelixplace.co.uk

Opening on Monday 13 December – Everyman Cinema – Borough Yards

Part of Bankside’s highly anticipated Borough Yards development, set within a stretch of the Victorian brick railway arches and warehouses of the Low Line, Everyman Borough Yards will house two cinema screens, amid plush surroundings designed for maximum comfort. Bankside’s newest Christmas arrival will open with a full schedule of the latest films, including Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, complemented by an extensive food and drink menu, full bar, and freshly baked sweet treats, to offer an indulgent cinematic experience. Booking and more information at

www.everymancinema.com/borough-yards

Bankside is one of London’s most distinct cultural districts stretching across the River Thames from London Bridge to Blackfriars with the famous Borough Market, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe at its heart. For centuries Bankside has been on the other side of London’s mainstream. Once sitting outside the walls of the city, as ‘Banksyde’ in the 16th century, it was a natural landing place for outsiders and free thinkers. It became notorious as London’s rowdy pleasure quarter full of theatres, brothels and gambling dens.

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Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square from 12 November 2021 to 4 January 2022

The nights are getting colder, the Christmas songs are beginning to annoy in shops and the smell of Bratwurst and mulled wine is in the air. These are the unmistakable signs that Christmas is around the corner and London will be looking forward to some Xmas cheer after the difficult last couple of years.

The Christmas market is quite a late addition to the festivities in Trafalgar Square which has long been the centre of Christmas celebrations.

The Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square is based on the German Christmas markets that have gained popularity in the UK over the last 20 years. The history of Christmas markets in Europe and especially Germany go back to medieval times but the UK and London have had their everyday markets for centuries.

From the 1980s, thousands of people from the UK would visit the German Christmas markets in Germany until enterprising stall holders and event organisers transferred the idea into the UK.

The markets offers food, drink and seasonal gifts from attractive from open-air stalls,

German sausages sizzle in big pans, Gingerbread and German cakes are popular

and you can drink gluehwein or lager in freezing conditions.

Another attraction is that these markets in London are often situated in picturesque locations like Trafalgar Square with a backdrop of the National Gallery.

Trafalgar Square is known for ‘The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree’ which is usually a Norwegian spruce over 20 metres high and 50 to 60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo years, in advance. The tree is felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participate. It is brought to the UK by sea, then completes its journey by lorry. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion.

The lighting ceremony of the tree, takes place in Trafalgar Square at the beginning of December each year. The 25-metre high tree is a gift from the people of Norway to London, in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947 and signals the countdown to Christmas in London.

The is also a Blessing of the crib ceremony and carol singing in Trafalgar Square in December.

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Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern from 25 November 2021 to 3 July 2022

Between the Two my Heart is Balanced, 1991
Tate
© Lubaina Himid

Over four decades, Lubaina Himid’s work has made her an increasingly influential figure in contemporary art from her role in the British Black arts movement of the 1980s to winning the Turner Prize in 2017. Tate Modern presents Himid’s largest solo exhibition to date, incorporating new paintings and significant highlights from across her career. Taking inspiration from the artist’s interest in opera and her training in theatre design, the show unfolds across a sequence of scenes which put the visitor centre-stage.

Lubaina Himid
A Fashionable Marriage, 1986
installation view, 2017 © Nottingham Contemporary
Photo: Andy Keate
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

The exhibition presents over 50 works that bring together painting, everyday objects, poetic texts and sound. Early installations including the well-known A Fashionable Marriage 1984 will enter into a dialogue with recent works such as her series of large format paintings Le Rodeur 2016-18, while new paintings created during lockdown will go on public display for the first time.

An early fascination with pattern, influenced by her mother’s career as a textile designer, has always been central to Himid’s work. A series of suspended cloth flags inspired by East African kanga textiles will welcome visitors to the exhibition at Tate Modern.

Lubaina Himid
There Could Be an Endless Ocean 2018
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

Throughout her career, Himid has explored and expanded the possibilities of storytelling, encouraging the viewer to become an active participant in her work. A fictional architecture competition inspires the installation Jelly Mould Pavilions for Liverpool 2010, in which a series of hand-painted ceramic models celebrate the contributions of the African diaspora and invite viewers to reflect on the role of monuments in public space. Displayed at Tate Modern alongside a range of works including Metal Handkerchiefs 2019 in a room addressing architecture and the built environment, Himid poses the question: ‘We live in clothes, we live in buildings. Do they fit us?’

© Lubaina Himid

A major highlight of the exhibition will be the presence of sound installations, including Blue Grid Test 2020, created by Himid in collaboration with artist Magda Stawarska-Beavan. Displayed in the UK for the first time, this 25-metre-long painting features 64 patterns from all over the world, each painted a different shade of blue on top of a variety of objects pinned to the gallery walls. Coupled with a sound installation layering instrumental music with Himid’s voice, the work creates a visual and sonic embrace.

The show will culminate in a group of recent paintings and painted objects, which centre on extraordinary moments of everyday life which are rarely portrayed. The series Men in Drawers 2017-19 features tender portraits of imaginary figures inside vintage wooden furniture, while works like Cover the Surface 2019 depict intimate interactions and moments of indecision between men. Himid also continues to explore women’s creativity in her recent paintings, including The Operating Table 2019.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

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Exhibition Review: Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist at the National Gallery from 20 November 2021 to 27 February 2022

The National Gallery presents a major exhibition entitled Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist devoted to German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. This is the first significant UK exhibition of the artist’s works in such a wide range of media for nearly twenty years and explores Dürer’s career as a painter, draughtsman and printmaker. Most of the exhibited works are displayed in Britain for the first time.

The exhibition is based on the artists journal of his travels to the Alps and Italy in the mid-1490s; to Venice in 1505–7; and to the Low Countries in 1520–1. These journeys bought him into contact with a number of artists and important people and increased his fame and influence.

In the first room of the exhibition visitors can follow Dürer’s career progress in the years following his return to Nuremberg after travelling to the Alps and Italy in the mid-1490s. His Saint Jerome, about 1496, with its detailed landscape shows the influence of the Italian visit. Also included is the unusual Madonna and Child; Lot and his Daughters about 1496-9.

The second room includes some of Dürer’s early studies from his visit to Venice from 1505 to 1507, highlights of the room are three portraits by Dürer and the painting Christ among the Doctors, 1506,

In room three, includes many of the artist’s best-known engravings, we see Dürer return to Nuremberg, where he was employed by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, before embarking on a journey north to Aachen where the coronation of the new Emperor Charles V was to take place. He also visited the Low Countries in 1520–1.

The fourth room of the exhibition include Portraits, in chalk, charcoal and silverpoint. Dürer’s observations as he sketched people, animals and townscapes are explored in the fifth, which includes sheets from his silverpoint sketchbook.

The artists Dürer met on his travels are well represented such as Giovanni Bellini with his The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr
about 1505-7.

The final room is devoted to the period in Antwerp, where Dürer became friendly with the Portuguese merchants’ agent Rodrigo de Almada. Dürer painted a striking and innovative image of Saint Jerome, 1521 for Almada.

This fascinating exhibition offers the rare opportunity to explore a wide range of Dürer work and consider how Renaissance artists from Northern Europe differed from their Southern counterparts. Although influenced by the work of Mantegna, Leonardo and Giovanni Bellini, Dürer bought his own unique vision to the human condition and religion. He was more concerned with universal issues and the meaning and conduct of earthly life, rather than the treasures and rewards in heaven. If Leonardo da Vinci is the poster boy of the Southern Renaissance artists, Dürer is considered the archetypal Renaissance artist of Northern Europe with unique skills of observation, technique, painting, printing and drawing.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Exhibition Review – Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 20 November 2021 to 8 May 2022

The V&A present a major new exhibition entitled Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution which is the first exhibition devoted to the international prominence of the legendary Russian goldsmith, Carl Fabergé, and the importance of his little-known London branch. The highlight of the exhibition is largest collection of the legendary Imperial Easter Eggs in a generation are on display together, several of which are being shown in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition features over 200 objects across three main sections, the exhibition tells the story of Carl Fabergé, whose internationally recognised firm symbolised Russian craftsmanship and elegance.

The first section of the exhibition highlights the important patronage of the Romanov family. A miniature of the Imperial Regalia, lent by the Hermitage Museum, made for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle illustrates the exquisite craftmanship of Fabergé and how the firm became the official goldsmith to the Imperial family.

Part of this role was to provide a service to many in the Imperial family who gave each other intimate Fabergé gifts, this exhibition features many of these gifts including flowers made from rock crystal, gold and rose-cut diamonds and family portrait miniatures. This section also considers Carl Fabergé’s youth, his travels throughout Europe, and entry into the family firm.

The only known example of solid gold tea service crafted by Fabergé is also on display, one of the most magnificent items to emerge from the firm’s Moscow branch.

The second section of the exhibition tells the story of Fabergé’s time in London, after his success at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Fabergé was keen to expand outside of Russia. Fabergé’s choice of London for its new store was influenced by the fact that Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were already Fabergé collectors and the strong links between the British and Russian Royal Families.

Fabergé developed some of his works to his British clientele. He created hardstone portraits of the farm animals King Edward and Queen Alexandra bred at Sandringham, their favourite country estate, and objects enamelled in The King’s horse racing colours.

Snuffboxes decorated with topographical views, buildings and monuments were also popular. A nephrite cigar box, set with a sepia enamelled view of the Houses of Parliament, was bought by Grand Duke Michael of Russia on 5 November 1908, the day of Guy Fawkes, and given to King Edward VII.

Despite the success, there was a dark cloud on the horizon and the Great War and Russian Revolution provided a sudden and dramatic end to the Fabergé enterprise. In 1917, the Revolution reached Fabergé’s workshops in Russia and its outpost in London ceased to operate.

The final section of the exhibition celebrates the legacy of Fabergé through the iconic Imperial Easter Eggs with a display of 15 of these famous treasures. This is the largest collection on public display for over 25 years. The collection on display includes several that have never before been shown in the UK including the largest Imperial Egg – the Moscow Kremlin Egg.

The Alexander Palace Egg, featuring watercolour portraits of the children of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra – and containing a surprise model of the palace inside. The Tercentenary Egg, created to celebrate 300 years of the Romanov dynasty, only a few years before the dynasty crumbled. Other eggs that feature include the recently rediscovered Third Imperial Egg of 1887, found by a scrap dealer in 2011.

The Peacock Egg of 1907-8, shown on public display for the first time in over a decade, containing a surprise of an enamelled gold peacock automaton

and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Basket of Flowers Egg, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection is also on display.

This interesting and attractive exhibition provides some insights into the history and legacy of Fabergé. The firm’s popularity amongst the Russian Imperial family and Edwardian high society clientele led to a wide and eclectic range of objects being produced which are still highly prized by collectors especially in Europe and the United States. It is of considerable irony that recently Russians have become significant collectors of Fabergé’s work. The exhibition also illustrates how far removed were some royal families and cosmopolitan elites from the political and social realities of their day. The Russian Imperial family are a classic example of pursuing luxury and excess whilst their country was plunging into despair.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the V & A website here

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