The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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A Tale of Two Cities

You probably know by now that I am too many nationalities to list and that I was “Born in Paris and Made in London.” I am a true Londoner now, a multi-cultural, multi-national mish-mash, and this city truly is where I belong.  I’ve been a Londoner since 1988 (with a leave of absence in the…

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Dickens Museum | Food Glorious Food

The first thing you need to do when you enter the Dickens Museum is stop. Just pause for a moment. Charles Dickens actually  lived in this Georgian house at 48 Doughty Street in Holborn. He walked these halls, instructed his servants, arranged his furniture (rather fanatically, it seems), raised three of his ten children, entertained…

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An Alternative Guide to Christmas in London

Yes, London, it’s that time of year again when the city is all wrapped up for the Christmas season. The festive lights have been switched on, Regent’s Street is looking angelic, the royal palaces are open for skating business, and Scrooge is warming up all over town for variations of ‘A Christmas Carol’. From quirky…

United Nations of Noël

My first Christmases were more Hee Haw than Ho Ho. I spent them in Paris where decorations were subtle, yuletide food was sophisticated and gifting was about quality not quantity. But not chez Roitman, neigh: my tree was stuffed with Cowboy Santa and his fleet of armadillo reindeer; the tree looked like it had disgorged…

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Painting the Town this December

Jack Frost may be on his way to London, but there’s plenty to keep you merry and full of cheer. Here’s my guide to a jolly Ho Ho Ho December. Jingle my Bells For the Best in Show Christmas Carols, head to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It’s guaranteed to bow wow you! Monday 5th…