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Technicolour Dickens

Technicolour Dickens at the Charles Dickens Museum

Think you know your Dickens? He’s poised, sombre, a mass of Victorian beard and he looks a little worn out, right?  But you’ll be thinking your Dickens again after touring Technicolour Dickens, a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum which brings him full throttle into the glossy age of technology. The celebrated author also…

Things to do this week in London 24 February to 1 March

Things to do this week in London: 24 February to 1 March 2020

As we blast into March (I must admit I’ve never been happier to see London coming into bloom), the master of pop and colour, David Hockney, bursts onto the National Portrait Gallery. The much-anticipated British Surrealism opens at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, always a good excuse for a day out in south east London, and…

Things to do this week in London 10 to 16 February

Things to do this week in London 10 to 16 February

I’ve never been a fan of Cupid’s shenanigans in February, so I am going to skim over anything icky which might be happening in the capital this Friday. I do have a free concert on Thursday for you if love is on your weekly agenda, and I do sincerely wish you all copious amounts of…

Must-see Art for Kids in London (and some objects too)

It’s all very well dragging the kids to London’s big-name museums, but which galleries and museums will your children actually like? And once you’re there, which painting, sculpture or object will they really appreciate? London is one giant artscape, and with most of it free, it’s hard to decide where to take children. Follow me…

London Art Week

A Guide to London Art Week 2019

London Art Week, a six-day festival where art adrenaline courses through the veins of St James’s and Mayfair, kicks off on Sunday, December 1. Galleries and auction houses across both areas throw open their arty doors to the public with 32 exhibitions dedicated to pre-contemporary art. There’s also a range of events and talks, most…

things to do in London in November

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…

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