Once again, it’s time to head off to Great Britain for a little bit of fabric shopping and a change of scenery. We’ll be there for a for a week and we’ll be spending more of our time seeing the sights of Southern England so stay tuned! 🙂
As a follow-up to our prior post about the fashion collection at the V&A Museum in London, we got to thinking that the V&A can be a bit intimidating for people visiting for the first time. From our experience, here are a few tips for the first-timer:
While the above is by no means a comprehensive list, it should make your first-time experience more enjoyable. Finally, below is an introductory video from the V& A that you might find helpful:
Second day in England and today we decided to head out to the countryside and visit Hampton Court Palace. Originally belonging to Thomas Wolsey (aka Cardinal Wolsey), construction began in 1515 and in 1529, Wolsey gave it to King Henry VIII. The palace is most noted has having been one of Henry’s principal residences but it was gradually expanded over the years by succeeding monarchs, most notably William III and Mary II and George II.
Hampton Court is not only a palace, but it also has extensive gardens such as the Rose Garden…
And extensive forested areas such as “The Wilderness”…
The Wilderness is especially interesting in that it was originally built in the 17th Century as a place for courtiers to “get lost” and encounter others “by accident”…one can draw many conclusions from this but when we visited, it was more like a series of jogging paths. 🙂
After looking around outside for a bit, we decided to go inside and naturally we homed in on the Tudor section first, most notably Henry VIII’s apartments:
And finally, inside to the Great Hall:
The interiors are largely stone and brickwork with wood paneling in places and while it was moderate weather on the day that we visited, it didn’t take much imagination to realize just how cold Hampton Court could get in Winter (perhaps it’s a good thing that we were not able to visit the last time we were in England in December 2018).
And here’s some portraiture we encountered as we worked our way through:
One of the most interesting things was the living history interaction programs that are presented at Hampton Court. One such program was when two interpreters portraying Anne Boleyn and Catherine Parr answered questions from the public in regard to their relationship with Henry, life at Court, et al. It was both entertaining and educational.
There’s a lot more at Hampton Court Palace that we explored but unfortunately, the battery in our phones were diminishing rapidly so we were unable to get anymore pictures. Just for completeness, below are some borrowed pictures of a few of the expansions that were built on after Henry’s reign:
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and there’s far more there than we were able to view. It’s definitely one of those places that has to be experienced a few time over. 🙂
Spring is just around the corner, and we’ve been preparing for a busy dress up season, starting with Clockwork Alchemy next week, then London, Bath, Tombstone, Germany, Paris, and a few Victorian Balls in between. Be sure to book your next gown or corset ahead of time, our bespoke slots are filling up for the year!
This year we decided to change things up for Christmas so we’re spending it in London. 🙂 Yes, you heard right, London like in London, England. 2018 has been an exceptionally busy year for us, between various projects and travelling, it’s been a crazy but fun time for us. We want to take this moment to with all our clients and followers Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas! We’ll have more soon so stay tuned. 🙂