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Made in London.

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Serpentine Gallery, Sackler Magazine Restaurant, Afternoon Tea London, Kensington Gardens

Afternoon Tea at the Magazine

Zaha Hadid and I spent many weekends in each other’s company in the later 2000s. Or to be exact, I spent many evenings perched at the Zaha Hadid-designed bar in the private members’ club, Home House. In those days, House Bar became an extension to my Marylebone apartment. Goodness knows how many hours I spent…

Egypt Uncovered at the Soane Museum

As if you needed an excuse to go and visit one of London’s best-loved museums, but I’m about to give you one. Over at the Soane Museum in Holborn, you can meet an Italian circus strongman turned Egyptologist, and discover tales of robbed tombs and a celebrity Pharaoh. Add to that a three-day candlelit Sarcophagus…

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, Natalie Dormer, David Oakes

Venus in Fur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Aphrodite is in the house at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in a hair-raising erotically-charged production of David Ives’s Broadway hit, Venus in Fur. Natalie Dormer treads the boards as the feline Vanda Jordan, and David Oakes of Victoria fame has parked his Prince Ernest to reveal a magnetic Thomas Novachek with a knotty personality. Thankfully,…

Labour of Love, Noel Coward Theatre, Martin Freeman, James Graham, Tamsin Greig

Theatre Review: Labour of Love

Love is all around us at the Noël Coward Theatre this autumn. It’s Labour intensive and dirty, and you can catch it in James Graham’s latest blockbuster, the political romcom Labour of Love. Starring Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig, the play is not just a history lesson of the Labour party in the last 27…

Afternoon Tea Buttery Café Burgh House Hampstead

Afternoon Tea at Burgh House

Burgh House in Hampstead may not be on everyone’s radar, but it should be. It’s one of London’s darling house museums, and it’s a de-lovely place to have Afternoon Tea. The Autumn ‘what’s on diary’ is bursting with music recitals, wine and cheese tastings, Halloween and Christmas events and much more. It’s also an art…

Degas, Drawn in Colour, Burrell Collection, National Gallery

Dancing with Degas

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas liked to draw women. He dabbled with horses as well, but really, it was the women that grabbed his voyeuristic attention, often of the dancing or bathing variety. These ethereal damsels are the subject of an exhibition opening on the 20th September at the National Gallery, a collection of thirteen paintings, pastels and…

GoBoat, Little Venice, Paddington, London canals, Regent’s Park, canal boats

Merrily we Cruise Along

I always think of Little Venice as the Montmartre of London. It’s picturesque, bohemian, eclectic and soulful. Little Venice is wedged between Paddington’s high rises and grungy Camden, and it neighbours majestic Regent’s Park and London Zoo. And what better way to see all these London gems than by canal, or, to be more specific,…

Princess Diana in London, Diana's London, William and Harry, Kensington Palace

I Spy Lady Di

Unless you’ve just woken up from a coma, you will know that this Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death. Diana, or Lady Di, as she was known, continues to fascinate us today, and the memory of the People’s Princess still beats at the core of London’s heart. Di is omnipresent…

Things to do in London in September, London events, What’s on in September

Hello September

September, I will be happy to see you. You’re the month of new beginnings and old traditions. Children go back to school with buffed shoes and new satchels, and parents breathe a sigh of relief. You’re the harvest month with blackberry-picking on Hampstead Heath and grape-plucking in Hampton Court Palace. With a bit of luck,…

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