The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, Horace Walpole, Gothic, architecture

A Tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham

If Oscar Wilde and Nicky Haslam had sired a love child in the eighteenth century, I think it would have been a Horatio “Horace” Walpole. He had wit, he had style, and he clearly lived by the adage that more is more. And his lasting legacy is a holiday pad like no other: it’s a…

Splendours of the Subcontinent, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Splendours of the Subcontinent – Queen’s Gallery

When I went to India, I came back with a couple of silk rugs and my most treasured collection of Ganesha statues. Shame I didn’t know any Maharajas, as I might have returned with some souvenirs the likes of which you have never seen. That is, until now. In a new exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery,…

Garsington Opera, Wormsley, Die Zauberflöte, Magic Flute, visit Garsington Opera

Le Nozze di Garsington Opera

The French for twilight is crépuscule,  a word which conjures up that gleaming, twinkling time of day which is neither light nor dark, when the Goddess Nyx starts her magic dance. And Garsington Opera puts on a witching hour like no other with the thrilling sound of music and song from its pastoral outpost in…

Cultured Kids

Cultured Kids #23

Welcome to June and to another edition of Cultured Kids, co-hosted with the lovely Emma at A Bavarian Sojourn. As we head into the summer season, there’s lashings of activities for the kids to do this June. Children’s Art Week returns on Saturday 9, the Frida Kahlo opens at the V & A on Saturday 16…