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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…

Edvard Munch, British Museum, love and angst

Edvard Munch: love and angst | British Museum

The Scream by Norway’s Edvard Munch is so famous that an emoji was invented for it, aptly conveying all things horrific and scary when a word simply won’t do. But there’s much more to Munch than his shrieking masterpiece, and to prove it, the British Museum has put together its first show dedicated to the…

things to do London April, 2019, chihuly, boat race, van gogh tate, beasts of london, munch, kubrick design museum,

Londoness Loves April 2019

London is blossoming into April quite nicely don’t you think? All our beautiful parks and gardens are starting to hop into Easter mode, and this is the month where we cheer on the other B word – the Boat Races. For some of the best things to do in London this April, here’s my springtime…

Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in London

Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery | Entertaining Mr Soane

You may have never heard of Pitzhanger Manor, but you will now. Following a three-year, £12 million renovation and restoration project, this London gem in Ealing is striking a Regency pose, ready to make your acquaintance. Designed in 1800 by the neo-classical starchitect, John Soane, the manor is re-born like a phoenix rising from its…

Tracey Emin, White Cube, Bermondsey, Swinging London, Fashion and Textile, Bedrooms of London, Foundling

Getting my groove on in Bermondsey

Bermondsey is a part of London with which I am totally unfamiliar. A few years ago, I went to a dinner party in one of those uber-cool apartments where kids are personae non gratae. I spent the evening entranced by the twinkling Shard, which appeared to sit just above the flat and which would ebb…

London Diary, what to do in London this week, Dior, Designer of Dreams, V and A, Tango Fire

Dressed to Impress

I’ve taken to wearing trainers these days. Not very Parisienne,  I hear you say. I gave up on the heels when I realised I could cover so much more of London in a day with a bit of padding between me and the London beat. And recently, someone had the audacity to tell me that…

Pierre Bonnard, Tate Modern, Bill Viola, Michelangelo, Royal Academy, Two Temple Place, John Ruskin, Alan Titchmarch

Where dry January turns damp

So, it’s confession time. Dry January has turned into damp January, fuelled by my utter lack of resistance to a martini, served green side-up with two juicy olives – one of my Five-a-Day, right? Is it wrong of me to say it was the best thing I tasted all week? Well, we all needed some…

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