The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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Follow me and my London Blog for a capital round-up of London's historical, quirky and unusual places. Visit some of city's best museums and galleries, get a supreme peek at Royal London, and grab a seat next to me as I eat my way around London's restaurants.

Rokeby Venus, Venus at her Mirror, National Gallery

In Conversation with Venus at the National Gallery

I’m Venus at Her Mirror, but some people call me the Rokeby Venus or the Toilet of Venus. You can just call me Venus. The little fellow holding my mirror and helping me with my toilette  is my son, Cupid. Maestro Diego Velasquez’s bold brushstrokes poured life into this, my divine facsimile, in the seventeenth…

Christmas in London 2020, Things to do this Christmas in London

A Guide to Christmas in London 2020

This may not be the month for smooching under the mistletoe or for perching on Santa’s lap, but there are still plenty of things to do in London this Christmas. There will be lights a plenty. Our magical Christmas markets roll back into town. Museums re-open, some with blockbuster exhibitions. You can even get your…

Best museum shops in London

The best museum shops in London

How much fun is it to browse and buy in a museum shop? It’s my guilty pleasure, and I must admit, I could get lost for hours snooping around London’s fabulous museum and gallery gift shops. And with “are we aren’t we” lockdown and social distancing, the best way to support our museums is to…

London’s best independent bookshops, Bookshops of London

Bookshops of London

London is arguably the greatest literary city in the world, and there is nothing better than losing yourself in the stacks and shelves of the capital’s bookshops. Sadly, lockdown and social distancing have thrown an economic spanner in the works for our capital’s booksellers. But fret not book lovers, here are some of London’s best…

NW Live, Bloomsbury Festival 2020

NW Live at the Bloomsbury Festival 2020

With further restrictions looming in the London air like a thick Dickensian fog, I spent last week dashing around town trying to tick as many cultural boxes as possible.  On Friday, I managed to catch up with some music – and not just any ordinary music. This was the Music & Renewal concert, the third…

Brilliant restaurant

Restaurant Review: Brilliant in Southall

What’s in a name? I’m in Southall to review Brilliant restaurant, and my greedy fingers are crossed that it’s as brilliant as it says it is. Apparently, both Prince Charles and Boris are fans, and with “Curry Queen” Dipna Anand at the culinary helm of this Ealing landmark, my hopes are high. When Anand isn’t…

Oxford Lieder 2020, review

Oxford Lieder 2020 Review: Song in the Age of Corona

Covid-19 and its pesky restrictions threw a spanner in the Oxford Lieder Festival 2020 works this year, but it didn’t dampen the spirits or the music. The UK’s biggest song festival went online instead, streaming over 40 magnificent recital concerts and events, most of them live and all set in historical surroundings across the city….

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