The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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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…

Horniman Museum, London

Horniman Museum – A London Cabinet of World Curiosities

I’ve never understood why so many Londoners have never been to, let alone heard of, one of my favourite places: the Horniman Museum. I know it’s located in the leafy suburb of Forest Hill, but you could hit two birds with one stone and visit the Dulwich Picture Gallery. I promise, it’s worth the trek….

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Londoness Loves – July 2018

It’s a swell time of year in London isn’t it? Tennis season has kicked off, London has gone art crazy and the sun is shining! It’s a busy month ahead for Londoness with plenty of theatre and with Mark Rylance coming back to Shakespeare’s Globe, no less! And let’s not forget, this month sees the…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

The Victorian Afternoon Tea at the Victoria and Albert Museum had me at seed cake. These two words always bring my childhood back in a whoosh of nostalgia wrapped in a cocoon of Englishness. If seed cake was good enough for Bilbo Baggins and his Unexpected Party, then it’s good enough for Londoness. And thanks…

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11 children’s books set in London

As a young Parisienne,  I would dream of floating across the Channel to London’s rooftops in the company of a sooty Bert and his Mary Poppins. Pan and Tinker Bell would whisk me over to Big Ben in the blink of a sleepy eye, and for breakfast, I would make marmalade sandwiches with Paddington Bear….