The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

India, Film, Viceroy's House, London

FILM REVIEW: Viceroy’s House

Gurinder Chadha is dressed up to the nines and a little breathless: she’s just arrived from an audience with HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She’s at the Curzon Mayfair to talk about her new film,…

REVIEW: Mother Africa at The Peacock

Wednesday evening was one of firsts for me: I heard an audience groan when the interval lights came on instead of scurrying to the bar or loo; I sat through a circus without a clown in…

In the Rude

I’m not sure what the Scrooge equivalent is for Valentine’s Day, but I am it. I do feel sorry for those singletons who are reminded in every one of London’s nooks and crannies that they are…

Review: Dirty Great Love Story

Dirty Great Love Story  was just the tonic I needed after an extraordinarily peculiar week on the world stage.  It’s a one-man and one-woman romp directed by Pia Furtado and with some energetic performances by Felix…

Queen Bees

It may have rained on Donald’s parade on Friday, but the sun beamed out in full force yesterday for the Women’s March in London.  Come rain or shine, my daughters and I were determined we were…

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 what period of British history would Allen have…

Hello, Goodbye

My beautiful daughter Clarissa was born on New Year’s Day, the first of 1990. My  little bundle of mayhem came into my world when I was only 21 and she’s kept me on my toes ever…

United Nations of Noël

My first Christmases were more Hee Haw than Ho Ho. I spent them in Paris where decorations were subtle, yuletide food was sophisticated and gifting was about quality not quantity. But not chez Roitman, neigh: my…