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.

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….

things to do this October 2020 in London

Londoness Loves October 2020

As the country prepares to go sober for October (seriously, do we have to this year?) now more than ever is the time to get some culture-quenching goodies into that diary. Put down the pint glass, pick up a mug of hot cocoa instead, and let’s fall together into the start of my favourite time…

Watts Gallery, Village

Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village Highlights

If ever there was an excuse to visit the village of Compton in Surrey, the Watts Gallery is it. Located near Guildford, the Watts Village is dedicated to the works of the Victorian painter and sculptor, George Frederic Watts, and it’s one of the few galleries in the UK devoted to a single artist. And…

Vache Baroque Festival, Dido and Aeneas

Vache Baroque Festival: Dido and Aeneas review

What a cracking start to the shiny new Vache Baroque Festival which kicked off with an enchanting production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. And a double dose of September showers did nothing to dampen the audience’s spirits. We were more than delighted to tuck into the one-hour Baroque fancy in the grounds of this…

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