The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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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…

United Nations of Noël

My first Christmases were more Hee Haw than Ho Ho. I spent them in Paris where decorations were subtle, yuletide food was sophisticated and gifting was about quality not quantity. But not chez Roitman, neigh: my tree was stuffed with Cowboy Santa and his fleet of armadillo reindeer; the tree looked like it had disgorged…

Christmas, London, Ice-Skating, Somerset House

Painting the Town this December

Jack Frost may be on his way to London, but there’s plenty to keep you merry and full of cheer. Here’s my guide to a jolly Ho Ho Ho December. Jingle my Bells For the Best in Show Christmas Carols, head to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It’s guaranteed to bow wow you! Monday 5th…

Dandy, Gentleman, Men's Shopping, London

Dandy About Town

Bertie Wooster, Beau Brummel and Oscar Wilde are alive and well and living right here in the Big Smoke. My brother-in-law Daniel, who is a Major in a cavalry regiment in the British Army, took me on a Man about Town weekend together with some other Beaus and Berties who work for her Majesty’s pleasure….

Sideshow, Musical, London, Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: Sideshow & Amadeus

Sideshow at the Southwark Playhouse The Southwark Playhouse is the go-to venue when I am looking for quirky and slightly off-beat productions. Last year it played host to the wonderfully eclectic Grey Gardens, starring Sheila Hancock, and is now staging the colourful and moving musical, Sideshow, on until the 3rd December. Sideshow comes to London…

What to do in London this Halloween, Ripper, Halloween, Jack Ripper tour, museum

Hello Jack

It’s All Hallows’ Eve, a day for witches and their warlocks, for devils, goblins, banshees, nosferatus and zombies. It’s my favourite tradition of the year, the day when I dream of morphing into a spellbinding Veronica Lake in ‘I married a Witch’ or of riding broomsticks with Julian Sands in ‘Warlock’. Growing up in Paris,…

Sacré Bleu, Blanc and Rouge!

They say you are the nationality that you dream in. My dreams have always been a mélange of Franglais, but I have to admit that the English has been taking centre stage of late. I don’t have a drop of British blood in me, but these days you’d never know it . So what makes…

Falling in Autumn

As Summer prepares to retire and the long days start to wane, it’s time to banish the summer’s end blues and prepare for my favourite time of year. Russet-coloured river walks, pumpkin pie, cosy, crackling fires in my local pub, conker games, and rain, rain and more rain: roll on Autumn in London! Revolutionary Ode…