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Costumes from The Favourite at Hampton Court

Move over Henry VIII: you’ve had your day. There’s a new dawn at Hampton Court Palace, and it’s Queen Anne’s turn to be in the limelight. Thanks to Yorgos Lanthimos’s baroque tour de force: The Favourite, Queen Anne is finally, and deservedly, taking centre stage in British history.  Winner of seven Baftas, a Golden Globe…

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My favourite London restaurants

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:21 pmWant to eat like a Londoner? Here are some of my favourite restaurants in London, the ones where you might see me hanging out. There’s everything from Michelin star restaurants to London historical haunts, tasty fish and chips joints and even an Indian cafe where you can…

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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,…

Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London

So Long and Farewell Lord Mayor of London

Last updated on March 5th, 2021 at 09:27 amThe Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley, and I go back a long way. To 2003 precisely when he was known simply as Dr Parmley, or Dr P. I would be invited to his office on an all-too regular basis to discuss the very bad behaviour of…

Harry Potter, British Museum, History of Magic, London

Potty for Harry at the British Library

Last updated on March 6th, 2019 at 02:53 pmCan you believe it’s been 20 years since ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published? And just in time for Halloween, there’s an enchanting exhibition opening at the British Library. Harry Potter: A History of Magic is a treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts, magical objects and…

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The Real Ladies of London

Last updated on January 28th, 2020 at 03:36 pmWhat does a real Londoness like to do in the world’s greatest city? Discover what it’s like to really live and love London: from magical walks and secret gardens, to food markets, theatre, museums, afternoon tea, local restaurants and bars…come and enjoy a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day with the Real…

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Art Review: Queer British Art

Last updated on March 14th, 2018 at 10:56 amThe word queer  sounds well, a bit queer these days, but it’s used in the title of the new exhibition at Tate Britain which opens today. Queer British Art 1861-1967  is a show dedicated to LGBT art, and it’s the first of its kind. It celebrates the…

From Selfie to Self Expression, Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, Art, Queen

Art Review: Selfies at the Saatchi

Last updated on March 14th, 2018 at 10:56 amI wonder how Van Gogh, Kahlo and Rembrandt would feel about sharing an art gallery with Tracey Emin, Kim Kardashian, the Queen and a macaque monkey? For the next two months, they are in bed together in the Saatchi Gallery’s new exhibition: From Selfie to Self-Expression. I…

India, Film, Viceroy's House, London

FILM REVIEW: Viceroy’s House

Last updated on October 22nd, 2020 at 03:53 pmGurinder 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, Viceroy’s House, which has been two generations and seven years in…

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