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NOVA Awards, MullenLowe, Central Saint Martins, CSM awards

The MullenLowe NOVA Awards | Central Saint Martins

Always looking for a good excuse to go back to school, I found myself heading to Central Saint Martins in London’s Kings Cross not once but twice in the space of a few weeks. I’d been invited to look at the finalists for the Degree Shows, an annual design brouhaha which has tongues wagging, eyes…

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection, Enquiring Mind

Haute design : Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

Nobody clads a foot quite like Manolo. Women fantasize about having a pair of his arty concoctions in their shoe rack. My eldest daughter asked me for a pair of Manolos for her eighteenth birthday. We know he was Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe designer of choice in Sex and the City, and who better to adorn…

Starry Messenger, review, London, Broderick Elizabeth McGovern, Wyndham Theatre, Kenneth Lonergen

The Starry Messenger | Review | Diary of a Londoness

Matthew Broderick is all grown-up. He’s greyer, a tad stockier, and he looks a little tired, but he’s still the same boy we all fell in love with in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And until August, he’s bringing a little of New York City and some otherworldly charm to London’s Wyndham Theatre in its latest…

The Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace, Queen, Victoria, Victoria and Albert Museum, V and A

The Great Exhibition and how the Crystal Palace built the V and A

If you’ve been watching Victoria  Series 3, then you’ve recently come across Henry Cole, Prince Albert’s wingman in the creation of the visionary Great Exhibition of 1851. What you probably didn’t know is that the exhibition, dubbed The Greatest Show on Earth and housed inside the glittering Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, would one day…

Aint Misbehavin, review, Southwark Playhouse, Tyrone Huntley, oti mabuse

Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Southwark Playhouse

When I saw Tyrone Huntley in Leave to Remain  at the Lyric Hammersmith earlier this year, I knew a star was in the ascendant, although the Evening Standard already knew that when they awarded him the ES Theatre Award. He’s now sprinted from stage into the director’s seat in a razzle-dazzle production of Ain’t Misbehavin’…

Stanley Kubrick, exhibition, design museum

Art Imitating Art: Stanley Kubrick | Design Museum

Is there anyone on the planet who hasn’t seen a Stanley Kubrick film? My Kubrick of choice, and one of my all-time favourite films, is the lesser-known Barry Lyndon,  the tale of a rake’s progress where every scene is a delicious 18th century painting. To watch it is to step inside a William Hogarth, a…

Dale Chihuly’s whimsical art blows into Kew Gardens

Who needs an Easter Egg hunt when you can spring around Kew Gardens in search of Dale Chihuly’s ludic glass sculptures?  You’re going to need something larger than a basket in order to hop home with one of these 32 dazzling works of art which nestle amongst the flora or stand icily proud in 13…

Edvard Munch, British Museum, love and angst

Edvard Munch: love and angst | British Museum

The Scream by Norway’s Edvard Munch is so famous that an emoji was invented for it, aptly conveying all things horrific and scary when a word simply won’t do. But there’s much more to Munch than his shrieking masterpiece, and to prove it, the British Museum has put together its first show dedicated to the…

cutty sark, 150 birthday, cutty sark meaning, cutty sark history

Cutty Sark teas-off for its 150th

Cutty Sark: two words that instantly convey adventure, stealth, the open sea and the might of British engineering. One of London’s most treasured landmarks, the Cutty Sark is turning a grand 150 years young, and to celebrate, the Greenwich museum has laid on some very merry birthday celebrations. So, batten down the hatches, and check…

Pitzhanger Manor, Gallery, John Soane, Anish Kapoor

Entertaining Mr Soane: Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery

You may have never heard of Pitzhanger Manor, but you will now. Following a three-year, £12 million renovation and restoration project, this London gem is striking a Regency pose, ready to make your acquaintance. Designed in 1800 by the neo-classical starchitect, John Soane, the manor is re-born like a phoenix rising from its ashes, whilst…

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