The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

United Nations of Noël

My first Christmases were more Hee Haw than Ho Ho. I spent them in Paris where decorations were subtle, yuletide food was sophisticated and gifting was about quality not quantity. But not chez Roitman, neigh: my tree was stuffed with Cowboy Santa and his fleet of armadillo reindeer; the tree looked like it had disgorged…

Christmas, London, Ice-Skating, Somerset House

Painting the Town this December

Jack Frost may be on his way to London, but there’s plenty to keep you merry and full of cheer. Here’s my guide to a jolly Ho Ho Ho December. Jingle my Bells For the Best in Show Christmas Carols, head to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It’s guaranteed to bow wow you! Monday 5th…

How to be dandy in London and shopping for men

Dandy About Town

It’s quite easy being a Dandy in London. Bertie Wooster, Beau Brummel and Oscar Wilde are alive and well and living right here in the Big Smoke. A male friend of mine took me on a Man about Town weekend together with some other Beaus and Berties who work for her Majesty’s pleasure. From chucking…

Sideshow, Musical, London, Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: Sideshow & Amadeus

Sideshow at the Southwark Playhouse The Southwark Playhouse is the go-to venue when I am looking for quirky and slightly off-beat productions. Last year it played host to the wonderfully eclectic Grey Gardens, starring Sheila Hancock, and is now staging the colourful and moving musical, Sideshow, on until the 3rd December. Sideshow comes to London…

What to do in London this Halloween, Ripper, Halloween, Jack Ripper tour, museum

Hello Jack

It’s All Hallows’ Eve, a day for witches and their warlocks, for devils, goblins, banshees, nosferatus and zombies. It’s my favourite tradition of the year, the day when I dream of morphing into a spellbinding Veronica Lake in ‘I married a Witch’ or of riding broomsticks with Julian Sands in ‘Warlock’. Growing up in Paris,…

Sacré Bleu, Blanc and Rouge!

They say you are the nationality that you dream in. My dreams have always been a mélange of Franglais, but I have to admit that the English has been taking centre stage of late. I don’t have a drop of British blood in me, but these days you’d never know it . So what makes…

Falling in Autumn

As Summer prepares to retire and the long days start to wane, it’s time to banish the summer’s end blues and prepare for my favourite time of year. Russet-coloured river walks, pumpkin pie, cosy, crackling fires in my local pub, conker games, and rain, rain and more rain: roll on Autumn in London! Revolutionary Ode…

Algarve, Golden Triangle

This Shore is More

Mykonos may be alluring, Ibiza tantalizing, and St Tropez may have the ultimate swagger, but the Algarve in Portugal is my port of call for dreamy, charming and authentic. And the light: at sunrise, it’s luminescent with shades of cotton candy and bluebells; at sunset, it dissolves listlessly into a canvas of tangerine and ink….

Kids-London-Summer-BFG

London for the Little Darlings

Oh dear, it’s the summer holidays which means one thing: M and M, or Madness and Mayhem.  Your little ones are catapulted from the school classroom back into your living space for a full six weeks of delightful chaos. This is my first July in London for fifteen years. I’m lucky enough to have an office…

Sweetie Dahling!

So, Patsy and Edina are back on July 1st, trolleyed on Bolly and laced in Lacroix. I can’t wait, and my golden ticket has already been booked at the Electric Cinema, a fitting place to toast London’s naughtiest ladies back to our screens with my feet up, wrapped in cashmere, and with a bottle of…

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