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Strawberry Hill House

A Tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham

Last updated on May 15th, 2022Strawberry Hill House in London’s leafy suburb of Twickenham is possibly the most unusual house in London. If Oscar Wilde and Nicky Haslam had sired a love child in the eighteenth century, I think it would have been its architect, a Horatio “Horace” Walpole. He had wit, he had style,…

New Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, RA exhibition

Behind the Scenes of the new Royal Academy

Last updated on January 19th, 2019  The Royal Wedding isn’t the only big event in London on Saturday 19 May. The Royal Academy opens its newly buffed doors to a new two-acre campus with 70% more public spaces and a bridge linking Burlington House on Piccadilly to 6 Burlington Gardens in Mayfair. And to mark…

Azzedine Alaïa, Design Museum, azzedine alaïa the couturier, azzedine alaia exhibition

Azzedine Scissorhands

Last updated on September 1st, 2018He was small in stature, but he was an exalted giant in the world of fashion. Azzedine Alaïa was the wizard who fashioned wearable works of art for the likes of Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and the Crazy Horse girls.  And an exhibition, Azzedine…

Turner's House London

A Tour of Turner’s House in London

Last updated on May 15th, 2022Most people I speak to don’t know about Turner’s house in Twickenham. You won’t see his famous seascapes in Sandycombe Lodge, his west London home in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, but you will be in the presence of the only three-dimensional work of art Joseph Mallord William Turner’sleft behind: the…

Imagine Moscow Design Museum London

Art Review: Imagine Moscow

Last updated on March 14th, 2018If you’re a fan of Fritz Lang’s futuristic Bauhaus-inspired science fiction film Metropolis, then you’ll be a fan of Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution  which opens today at the Design Museum in London. Imagine this: a Moscow city centre which rivals Manhattan and which includes a network of horizontal skyscrapers and…