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Cutty Sark teas-off for its 150th

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:19 pmCutty 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…

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Best Bookshop Cafes in London

Last updated on March 12th, 2021 at 05:34 pmIs there anything better than a good book and a slice of cake? I think not. London has some enchanting bookshops where you can practically curl up with your favourite tome and tuck into a delicious slice and a cuppa. Here are 12 of the best bookshop…

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Covent Garden in a day

Last updated on August 17th, 2020 at 06:54 amCovent Garden is London’s living theatre, a canvas of the city’s enchanting past and its immersive present. It was once Nell Gwynn’s playground with her King, and home to the oldest theatre in London with its 500 ghosts of theatre past. Eliza Doolittle sold flowers to Mr…

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Wallace Collection – A National Treasure

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:21 pmTucked behind the Selfridges department store in Marylebone is the Wallace Collection, one of my favourite London haunts. It’s an eighteenth-century city pile with a jaw-dropping art collection and a 500-strong furniture depository which would make Marie Antoinette feel perfectly at home. It’s a sea of crimson…

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A Tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham

Last updated on April 23rd, 2021 at 10:10 amStrawberry Hill House in London’s leafy suburb of Twickenham is possibly the most unusual house in London. If Oscar Wilde and Nicky Haslam had sired a love child in the eighteenth century, I think it would have been its architect, a Horatio “Horace” Walpole. He had wit,…

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Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

Last updated on June 1st, 2018 at 05:40 pmThe Victorian Afternoon Tea at the Victoria and Albert Museum had me at seed cake. These two words always bring my childhood back in a whoosh of nostalgia wrapped in a cocoon of Englishness. If seed cake was good enough for Bilbo Baggins and his Unexpected Party,…

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A London Literary tour for Kids

Last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 08:16 amIt’s time to hop into your winged slippers and take a trip round a magical London – one where childhood dreams never end. These London tales tell of a honey-loving bear from Harrods, an eccentric detective, boys with magic powers, giants and a Gothic vampire.  So, without…

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Oarsome Hammersmith: Things to do in Hammersmith

Last updated on February 25th, 2021 at 11:39 amThere’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…

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Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament

Last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 08:27 amThe Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament as it’s commonly referred to, is one of London’s ultimate tourist hot spots, even if Big Ben is hibernating for the next three years whilst he gets a makeover. When I first arrived in London in the late 1980s,…

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Afternoon Tea at the Magazine

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:26 pmZaha Hadid and I spent many weekends in each other’s company in the later 2000s. Or to be exact, I spent many evenings perched at the Zaha Hadid-designed bar in the private members’ club, Home House. In those days, House Bar became an extension to my Marylebone…

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