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Londoness Loves – April 2018

Forget the Beast from the East and get out in London this April. Here’s my guide to the best London theatre, classical music, opera, exhibitions, and yes, there might even be a couple of outdoor activities to put a spring in your step! Favourite this Month An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre Oscar Wilde’s thoroughly…

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Oarsome Hammersmith | Things to do in Hammersmith

There’s so much more to Hammersmith than getting hammered during the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Here are 12 reasons why you should visit this London beauty spot, my London home for the last 5 years. This post was updated in March 2019 It’s perfect for a riverside amble Start your walk at the base…

Caroline or Change | Hampstead Theatre

Last night was one of firsts. The Hampstead Theatre gave me a singing washing machine, a purring dryer, a trio of serenading radios and yes, a harmonising bus. And as I’m not much of a soap-opera fan, I had never heard of Sharon D. Clarke, so this was my first evening in her company. What…

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Sex, Lies and Paint – Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Pablo Picasso’s output in 1932 was so prolific that Tate Modern was unable to list all of these in the seven-page chronology for its formidable new exhibition, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, which opened today. I am greeted by a quote when I enter the first room: “the work that one does is a…

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Londoness Loves – March 2018

Welcome to my first Londoness Loves, my pick of the best theatre, art exhibitions, music, and events in London this March 2018. And there’s some London magic for the kids as well. Have a marvellous March! Love Londoness. Top Pick Sondheim on Sondheim I’m toe-tapping down the days to this one: the European premiere of…

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Civilisations on BBC2

In 1939, the Director of the National Gallery was tasked with the critical job of moving the museum’s monumental art collection from London to a disused mining cave in Wales. In its cavernous outpost, this priceless stockpile would be safe from the nocturnal bombs raining down on the city during the Blitz. The guardian of…

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Review: Jubilee at Lyric Hammersmith

If you lived in Paris during the 1970s, it was easy to bypass the whole punk thing the Brits had going on over here. To we Frenchies, “punkness” seemed a bit of a London cliché, something you saw on a postcard: a menacing miscreant standing next to a red phone box, a face full of…

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Review: Satyagraha at the ENO

I would like some of what Philip Glass is on, please. I would like to crawl into his brain for a few hours and see what makes him tick. In the ENO’s production of Satyagraha,  the American composer’s operatic masterpiece has been placed in the capable hands of director Phelim McDermott and designer Julian Crouch…

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My top once in a lifetime experiences

This month’s travel link up is all about those once in a lifetime experiences. My intrepid exploration list includes navigating the underbelly of Paris, watching Pink Floyd in the world’s most beautiful palace, listening to the thunderous roar of waterfalls, having lunch in the Côte d’Azur rain (twice) and treading the boards of La Scala…

Charles I at the Royal Academy

Drum roll please, I am about to tell you about an exhibition worth curtsying for, a show fit for royalty. It has pomp, it has circumstance, and its hero is the bad boy of the British royal family, the king who takes the prize for being the first, and last, to have his head chopped…