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Londoness Loves November 2019

London may be getting spruced up for Christmas, but we’ve still got a month to go before we descend into full-blown festive craziness. It’s time to banish the never-ending Brexit blues with some help from a culture-filled November in London. This month is all about the towering figures of art, history and legend with Leonardo,…

Lost Dress of Elizabeth I, Bacton Altar Cloth, Rainbow Portrait

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I | Hampton Court Palace

There are some royal portraits that just take your breath away. The ‘Armada Portrait’ of Elizabeth I at the Queen’s House in Greenwich is one of them. Thomas Sully’s ‘Queen Victoria’ at the Wallace Collection is another, and let’s not forget ‘Queen Elizabeth II, Lightness of Being’ by Chris Levine. Then another comes along which…

Londoness Loves October 2019

And now to my favourite time of the year and not because October is my birthday month. Let’s face it, this quinquagenarian’s foliage is looking a little tinged, and I would rather swing the clocks back a season or two, or even three. No, it’s the comforting smell of coal seeping out of the river…

Londoness Loves September

It’s going to be a crazy September for this Londoness as I set the final stage for my daughter Clarissa’s wedding. Wish me luck! I’m also going to need some luck translating all this cricket talk that’s going on about town, especially as my Aussie friend Clare flies in from Melbourne into my home turf….

Londoness Loves July 2019

As London prepares for tennis fever, I’m sticking to the non-sporty side of the city where you’ll see me hanging out in our cool museums and theatres or sitting lawnside, but with a Pimms in hand and listening to jazzy tunes.  Here are some of the best things to do in London this July. Stay…

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…

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…

Fitzrovia Chapel, John Loughborough Pearson, Gothic Revival, London, chapel, weddings, Middlesex Hospital, photo shoot, quirky London

Fitzrovia Chapel | Byztantine Bling in London

There are some places in London that simply take your breath away. The Arab Hall in Leighton House is one of those. The Soane Museum is another, as is Two Temple Place. Then I visited Fitzrovia Chapel where every square inch screams of bling without a Swarovski crystal in sight. This may just be London’s…

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…

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