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Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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All About Eve, review, Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Noel Coward Theatre

All About Eve | Review

I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it was going to be such a bumper of an evening. With echoes of Bette Davis in my head, I sat my bum in a Noel Coward Theatre seat to watch Lily James and Gillian Anderson, and one of my favourite actors, Sondheim…

Tracey Emin, White Cube, Bermondsey, Swinging London, Fashion and Textile, Bedrooms of London, Foundling

Getting my groove on in Bermondsey

Bermondsey is a part of London with which I am totally unfamiliar. A few years ago, I went to a dinner party in one of those uber-cool apartments where kids are personae non gratae. I spent the evening entranced by the twinkling Shard, which appeared to sit just above the flat and which would ebb…

Things to do with the kids this half term in London, Horniman, Dickens Museum, kids in London this half term, February half term

Things to do with the kids this half term in London

Believe it or not, the February half term is coming up already. Don’t panic. Here’s a roundup of some fun activities for the kids over the half term in London, including museum events for budding scientists, architects and eco-warriors, Valentine’s activities, some arty entertainment, Shakespeare for younger audiences and opera for the teens. Hopefully, this…

London Diary, what to do in London this week, Dior, Designer of Dreams, V and A, Tango Fire

Dressed to Impress

I’ve taken to wearing trainers these days. Not very Parisienne,  I hear you say. I gave up on the heels when I realised I could cover so much more of London in a day with a bit of padding between me and the London beat. And recently, someone had the audacity to tell me that…

Pierre Bonnard, Tate Modern, Bill Viola, Michelangelo, Royal Academy, Two Temple Place, John Ruskin, Alan Titchmarch

Where dry January turns damp

So, it’s confession time. Dry January has turned into damp January, fuelled by my utter lack of resistance to a martini, served green side-up with two juicy olives – one of my Five-a-Day, right? Is it wrong of me to say it was the best thing I tasted all week? Well, we all needed some…

Bankside things to do, visit Bankside, Bankside history, Bankside Shakespeare

15 reasons to visit Bankside

It was once a cacophonous pleasure zone with brothels, bear-baiting, gaming dens and four Tudor theatres: The Globe, The Rose, the Swan and the Hope. Shakespeare and Dickens lived here. Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire light up the London sky from here in 1666. So, if you’re visiting London, make sure you visit Bankside…

Everybody Can! Opera, Nadine Benjamin, Tosca

Everybody Can! Opera | Tosca

I knew I had witnessed a little magic during the opening sequence of the ENO’S Porgy and Bess  last year.  Clara (soprano Nadine Benjamin) was singing one of opera’s favourite arias, Summertime,  to her babe in arms, and we were spellbound from the get-go. Last Friday, she commandeered the pulpit of St James’s Church Piccadilly…

The Unreturning play, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Frantic Assembly, review

The Unreturning | Review

Scarborough. It’s 1918, 2013 and 2026. Huh, I hear you say? It’s all possible when you have a war Tardis on stage, a revolving shipping container that morphs into a home, a boat, a bar, the trenches and a refugee camp, transcending time and place. This is the skillful work of Frantic Assembly in its…

Cultured Kids, Culture for Kids,

CULTURED KIDS #36

Well, hello 2019, and welcome to the first edition of CULTURED KIDS this year, co-hosted with the marvelous Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays. Cultured Kids is a virtual space where we share articles on all things cultural every two weeks, for kids around the world. Check the articles below for fun and informative posts from other bloggers on…

best bookshop cafes in London, London's best bookshop cafes, independent bookshops London

Best Bookshop Cafes in London

Is there anything better than a good book and a slice of cake? I think not. London has some enchanting bookshops where you can practically curl up with your favourite tome and tuck into a delicious slice and a cuppa. Here are 12 of the best bookshop cafes in London. Bookshop with the best cake…

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