The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

September in London, Londoness Loves

Londoness Loves September 2018

Pencils are sharpened, shoes are buffed, and raincoats make their re-appearance on the coat rack this month. It’s back to school, or as they call it in France, la rentrée, (the return). It’s been a quiet, heat-filled summer in London, but now it’s time for a good harvest of autumnal theatre, art, opera and music,…

Covent Garden in one day, things to do in Covent Garden, guide to Covent Garden, quirky London. haunted London

Covent Garden in a day

Covent Garden is London’s living theatre, a canvas of the city’s enchanting past and its immersive present. It was once Nell Gwynn’s playground with her King, and home to the oldest theatre in London with its 500 ghosts of theatre past. Eliza Doolittle sold flowers to Mr Henry Higgins outside St Paul’s Church, the first…

Wallace Collection, Richard Wallace, Rococo art, museums in London

The Wallace Collection – A National Treasure

Tucked behind the Selfridges department store in Marylebone is one of my favourite London haunts, an eighteenth-century city pile with a jaw-dropping art collection and a 500-strong furniture depository which would make Marie Antoinette feel perfectly at home. It’s a sea of crimson red, rococo gold, salmon and strawberry pink, emerald green and indigo blue….

The Savoy London, History

The Swanky Savoy Hotel

She’s the hostess with the mostest, London’s grande dame who has partied through two world wars and slept with movie stars, politicians and royalty.  The Savoy Hotel London is 130 years young,  and if her walls could talk, they would whisper about the great and the godly and the bold and the beautiful that graced…

Carmen la Cubana, Sadler’s Wells, Christopher Renshaw, musical in London, review, theatre, what’s on in London this August

Carmen la Cubana

If you’ve ever been to Cuba, you may have visited La Guarida, one of Havana’s most famous paladar  restaurants and which attained mythical status after Beyoncé sashayed in and out of it with Jay Z. Its gloriously faded staircase is the set design inspiration for the sizzling new musical which opened at Sadler’s Wells last night,…

Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, Royal Family, Prince Charles

Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace

It’s hard to pick a favourite at Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, an exhibition marking the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. The 100 works which have been stuffed into the Palace’s Ball Supper Room were personally chosen by the Prince from the Royal Collection, the result of which is a…

Steinway Pianos, Hamburg factory, history of Steinway, Steinway and Sons, tour of Hamburg factory

Serenade for a Steinway

The first piece I ever penned for my creative writing degree was a portrait of my piano teacher, Sharko Hilbert. I chose her as my subject matter because I was nostalgically rooted in those Wednesday afternoons I spent in a sleepy suburb of Paris, practicing my Chopin, Schubert and Debussy with the cigar-smoking, mysterious Egyptienne. …

Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre, Sam Mendes, Simon Russell Beale

The Lehman Trilogy – National Theatre

It’s a familiar story of bucks to bankruptcy, but this one is on a scale that shook the financial world to its core and affected ordinary mortals across the globe. Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy  has been given a Sam Mendes and Ben Power makeover at the National Theatre, with Simon Russell Beale (King Lear …

Cultured Kids

Cultured Kids #26

Welcome to another edition of Cultured Kids, co-hosted with fabulous Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays. Now that the summer break has started, it’s time to get cultured with the kids in the UK and beyond before we hang up our hats for the holidays (Cultured Kids will be back in September). London is set to go for the…

The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera

The Skating Rink at Garsington Opera

I always approach contemporary opera with a dose of trepidation. Often inaccessible and veiled in discordant notes, it’s easy to veer in the direction of more traditional composition. But as I headed back to Garsington Opera in Wormsley earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat bowled over by its latest offering, The Skating…