The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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The Moon and beyond | National Maritime Museum

Old blue eyes Frank Sinatra and Tintin wanted to go there, whilst Constable, Turner and Kubrick were all infatuated with it. The moon has always held us in spellbinding fascination, as far back as the Ancient Mesopotamians. And over at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, you can go to the moon and beyond with…

Sticky Mango restaurant, Restaurants near National Theatre, London, Southbank

Sticky Mango | Restaurant Review

I have a real loathing of places which refer to themselves as London’s “best-kept secret,” but Sticky Mango actually deserves the accolade. It’s not wedged into Southbank’s busy arteries which overflow with humdrum chain restaurants. Instead, this Waterloo outpost is quietly but conveniently located on Coin Street, close to the Old Vic, the National Theatre…

things to do in London in November

Londoness Loves November 2019

London may be getting spruced up for Christmas, but we’ve still got a month to go before we descend into full-blown festive craziness. It’s time to banish the never-ending Brexit blues with some help from a culture-filled November in London. This month is all about the towering figures of art, history and legend with Leonardo,…

Charles Dickens Museum, Christmas

Charles Dickens Museum | Christmas and Beautiful Books

As one of London’s top destinations for booklovers, it makes sense to see beautiful books headlining a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum this November. As the house dresses itself for Christmas, it’s also preparing for the festive display Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas, where you can gaze at the world’s…

Oxford Lieder Festival, 2019

Oxford Lieder Festival | Magic, Myths and Mortals

It’s that melodic time of year again, when Oxford goes into full musical throttle in celebration of classical music and poetry. For two weeks, the city falls under the spell of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which this year transports us to Tales of Beyond – Magic, Myths and Mortals in the tuneful company of some…

Lost Dress of Elizabeth I, Bacton Altar Cloth, Rainbow Portrait

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I | Hampton Court Palace

There are some royal portraits that just take your breath away. The ‘Armada Portrait’ of Elizabeth I at the Queen’s House in Greenwich is one of them. Thomas Sully’s ‘Queen Victoria’ at the Wallace Collection is another, and let’s not forget ‘Queen Elizabeth II, Lightness of Being’ by Chris Levine. Then another comes along which…

Halloween in London 2019 | For adults only

As the witching hour approaches, it’s time to saddle your broomsticks and get into Halloween mode. And I’m not talking about trick-or-treating for sickly sweets or chasing after your little ghouls and vampires. Nay, this grisly post is for grown-ups only with some hair-raising Halloween London events into which you can really sink your teeth….

Londoness Loves October 2019

And now to my favourite time of the year and not because October is my birthday month. Let’s face it, this quinquagenarian’s foliage is looking a little tinged, and I would rather swing the clocks back a season or two, or even three. No, it’s the comforting smell of coal seeping out of the river…

Things to do in Kew Gardens when it rains

12 things to do in Kew Gardens when it rains

My love affair with Kew Gardens began in the rain. It was one of those typical British summertime days, one which promised soggy jeans and the inevitable squelching through mud. A picnic was off the menu and so was lazing around in the summery aroma of freshly-cut grass. We had already committed to an afternoon…

Londoness Loves September

It’s going to be a crazy September for this Londoness as I set the final stage for my daughter Clarissa’s wedding. Wish me luck! I’m also going to need some luck translating all this cricket talk that’s going on about town, especially as my Aussie friend Clare flies in from Melbourne into my home turf….

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