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Must-see London by London Bloggers

I asked some of London’s top bloggers to come up with that one place that should be on every visitor’s radar – a must-see London gem. Imagine you only had half a day to spare in the city…here’s a curated list from those in the London know. I hope you enjoy jaunting around the city…

MullenLowe, NOVA Awards, Central Saint Martins

Meet the winners of the 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards

A balloon dress designed by Central Saint Martins student, Fredrik Tjærandsen, bagged the top prize in the 2019 MullenLowe NOVA Awards announced last Thursday evening. 1300 final year students were whittled down to a mere 14 to represent the school in the coveted design prize. A total of six awards were presented, but Tjærandsen’s design,…

Fantasio, Garsington Opera

Fantasio at Garsington Opera

Manolo Blahnik, who has taken up a well-heeled residence at the Wallace Collection in London, would feel right at home on the Garsington Opera stage this summer. That’s because its version of Offenbach’s Fantasio offers a powdering of Marie Antoinette (the Sofia Coppola version) with some flamboyant Commedia dell’Arte thrown in. And whilst poor old…

Andrew Scott, Old Vic, Present Laughter

Present Laughter | Andrew Scott | Old Vic

If you could transplant the hearts face emoji onto humans, then the crowd at the Old Vic last night would have radiated red, pulsating love for Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. That’s because Andrew Scott was in the house, having recently traded in his cassocks from Fleabag, for a much more jazzy, art-deco inspired wardrobe in…

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…

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