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Friday fave :: The Cultivist UK launch at Leighton House Museum

Among the many hidden gems in London there is one that completely floored me this morning when I attended the UK launch of The Cultivist held at the Leighton House Museum.  Immediately upon entry I was captivated by the wall of Turkish blue tiles and the overall elegance of an entirely different time and place.
Leighton House Museum blue tilespintopinterestLeighton House Museum interiors tilespintopinterestThe Leighton House Museum is the former home of painter and collector Frederic Leighton and the perfect setting for this morning’s breakfast event curated by Dea Vanagan in collaboration with The Cultivist.  I was too enamored by my surroundings to eat but had a chance to speak with the co-founders Marlies and Daisy of The Cultivist.  They previously worked together at Sotheby’s for six years then left to launch this membership-based art club that provides members global access to museums and specially curated events. If this morning’s event at the Leighton House is any indication their ability to provide unique experiences of the art world to broader audiences is going to be a huge success.  Peacock cupcakespintopinterestLeighton House Museum London interiorpintopinterest

I wish I had time to learn more about the art in each of the rooms of the museum but a coffee date with my friend Krissy beckoned me to leave.  I plan on revisiting soon to absorb the history of Frederic Leighton and his former home but for now I’ll leave you with photos from this morning with a little cameo of my friend and photographer, Sabrina.Leighton House Museum bookspintopinterestLeighton House Museum Bouke de Vries vase artpintopinterestLeighton House Museum green wallpintopinterestSabrina Andrea Sachs Leighton House MuseumpintopinterestLeighton_House_Museum_London_canddsbyJo-56pintopinterestLeighton House Museum chaise loungepintopinterest

Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road

W14 8LZ

Note: I attended the event as a guest of The Cultivist, all views are my own.

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  • (Ahem) Just commenting everywhere because I love this post so much… You should go back for one of their Sunday tours – they are fantastic. I had no idea what a big figure Leighton was for the UK. Apparently his funeral was almost as well attended as Churchill’s (!) and the wing that houses the jewellery in the V&A is named after him.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Oh thanks for the heads up on the Sunday tours, I’m definitely going to go back soon!ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow, how have I never heard of this place? It looks so beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That’s what I kept saying when I was there, I never knew it existed! Definitely worth a visit.ReplyCancel

  • sabrina

    Totally loved this post! you write so well…and your pictures….well, I told you that too many times already, they are just amazing! <3

    Thanks for the pic too…I don't look as bad as I normally do 😛ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That means so much to me, thanks Sabrina! Writing is harder for me so I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] Candid’s by Jo took some gorgeous photos of Leighton House Museum and made me really want to […]ReplyCancel

  • I’ve seen photos of this place before and it’s really amazing!!!! That’s what I love the most about london, is how many secret London’s are out there to be explored 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Brings to mind that quote “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” 😉ReplyCancel

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