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Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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17 quiet and scenic picnic spots in London

Having trouble finding a quiet picnic spot in London, courtesy of lockdown and with restaurants off the menu? We all know the usual al fresco hangouts: Regent’s, Hyde Park, Richmond and St James’s Parks, as well as Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Kew Gardens. But there are also plenty of smaller or more unusual green…

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Tales of my City: Winston Churchill’s London

In celebration of VE Day 75, Winston Churchill shares his favourite London hotspots, the first thing he’ll be doing after lockdown and how he wants to meet Sir David Attenborough. This is the first in the series Tales of my City, where I interview a ghost of London past. A flight of fancy, these are entirely…

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The London Summer Social Season

The Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London Social Season, but for me, it’s the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy that gets summer in London off to a rip-roaring start. The world’s largest open submission art exhibition signals a tee off for strawberries and cream, cucumber sandwiches, Pimms and lemonade, racing hats, flowing…

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Le Nozze di Garsington Opera

The French for twilight is crépuscule,  a word which conjures up that gleaming, twinkling time of day which is neither light nor dark, when the Goddess Nyx starts her magic dance. And Garsington Opera puts on a witching hour like no other with the thrilling sound of music and song from its pastoral outpost in…

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Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

The 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, then it’s good enough for Londoness. And thanks…

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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…

So Long and Farewell Lord Mayor of London

The 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 my eldest, Clarissa. He was head of the…

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The London Summer Social Diary

The Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London Season, but for me, it’s the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy that gets summer in London off to a rip-roaring start. The world’s largest open submission art exhibition signals a tee off for strawberries and cream, cucumber sandwiches, Pimms and lemonade, racing hats, flowing dresses,…

A smashing, positively dashing day!

I know nothing about horses, gambling or how to wear a hat, but I can be hedonistic, and I enjoy a glass or two, maybe even three, of a certain French drink with bubbles. My lovely friend Hilary invited me into her private “Winning Post” enclosure again, so Mark and I draped ourselves in Best…