The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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Wild Atlantic Way, Castletownshend, West Cork, Ireland

An Irish Love Story

There are two things of which you can be certain in Ireland: rain and poetry. My little nook of Irish paradise is in Castletownshend, West Cork, an hour and a half west of Cork airport (or Corcaigh in Irish). It’s a tiny fishing village and it’s been my holiday home for the last 28 years….

Imagine Moscow Design Museum London

Art Review: Imagine Moscow

If you’re a fan of Fritz Lang’s futuristic Bauhaus-inspired science fiction film Metropolis, then you’ll be a fan of Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution  which opens today at the Design Museum in London. Imagine this: a Moscow city centre which rivals Manhattan and which includes a network of horizontal skyscrapers and the world’s tallest building. This…

India, Film, Viceroy's House, London

FILM REVIEW: Viceroy’s House

Gurinder Chadha is dressed up to the nines and a little breathless: she’s just arrived from an audience with HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She’s at the Curzon Mayfair to talk about her new film, Viceroy’s House, which has been two generations and seven years in the making. Her Majesty has seen the trailer…

REVIEW: Mother Africa at The Peacock

Wednesday evening was one of firsts for me: I heard an audience groan when the interval lights came on instead of scurrying to the bar or loo; I sat through a circus without a clown in sight (thank you); and I went to the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, baby sister to Sadler’s Wells to see…

In the Rude

I’m not sure what the Scrooge equivalent is for Valentine’s Day, but I am it. I do feel sorry for those singletons who are reminded in every one of London’s nooks and crannies that they are flying solo on February 14th. And it’s the general forced cheesiness of it all that makes me queasy. So…

A Blazing Beauty: Kipling’s India

I could have easily given up all my worldly rupees and even a piece of my soul for some of the artwork on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, “Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.” There were no magic carpets here, but it certainly felt like I had flown…

Review: Dirty Great Love Story

Dirty Great Love Story  was just the tonic I needed after an extraordinarily peculiar week on the world stage.  It’s a one-man and one-woman romp directed by Pia Furtado and with some energetic performances by Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine, executed mostly in rhyme.  Originally a 10-minute award-winning Edinburgh Fringe piece, written in 2012 by…

Queen Bees

It may have rained on Donald’s parade on Friday, but the sun beamed out in full force yesterday for the Women’s March in London.  Come rain or shine, my daughters and I were determined we were going to head down to Grosvenor Square for this historical rally. We thought 20,000 might join us, perhaps even some…

Midnight in London

Come with me on a flight of fancy just for a moment: imagine that the film director Woody Allen had set his film Midnight in Paris in London. In what period of British history would Allen have time-travelled: what moment in time represents London as its most nostalgic? I thought it would be fun to have…

Hello, Goodbye

My beautiful daughter Clarissa was born on New Year’s Day, the first of 1990. My  little bundle of mayhem came into my world when I was only 21 and she’s kept me on my toes ever since. She helped me breathe life into Diary of a Londoness, a project close to my heart and for…