The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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Secret London

Secret London: a guide to London's cultural gems including quirky, historical and unusual places that tourists don't always see.

Turner's House, Sandycombe Lodge

A Tour of JMW Turner’s House in London

Most people I speak to don’t know about Turner’s house in Twickenham. You won’t see his famous seascapes in Sandycombe Lodge, his west London home in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, but you will be in the presence of the only three-dimensional work of art Joseph Mallord William Turner’sleft behind: the home he designed in the…

Things to do in Hammersmith, what to do in Hammersmith, Oxford and Cambridge, boat race, Dove Pub, where to eat

Oarsome Hammersmith: Things to do in Hammersmith

There’s so much more to Hammersmith than getting hammered during the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. This corner of west London has been my home for the last eight years, and as a local, I can tell you there are plenty of fun, relaxing and exciting things to do in Hammersmith. Here are 13 reasons…

18 Stafford Terrace, Sambourne family home, Victorian interior design

A Tour of 18 Stafford Terrace

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington is a house museum which time forgot, a five-storey cabinet of curiosities. You may have seen it before in Merchant Ivory’s ‘A Room with a View’ or in ‘Maurice.’ It’s the former family home of ‘Punch’ cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion…

GoBoat

GoBoat London | Self-drive along London’s canals

What better way to explore all of London’s watery gems than by canal, or, to be more specific, via GoBoat? I always think of Little Venice as the Montmartre of London. It’s picturesque, bohemian, eclectic and soulful. It’s wedged between Paddington’s high rises and grungy Camden, and it neighbours majestic Regent’s Park and London Zoo….

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 which 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…

How to be dandy in London and shopping for men

How to be a Dandy in London

The British Dandy is still alive and well, and if you look closely, you’ll see them dotted all around London, especially during the Summer Season.  A male friend of mine took me on a “man about town” weekend together with some other beaus and Berties who work for her Majesty’s pleasure. From chucking cheese soufflés…

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