The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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September in London, Londoness Loves

Londoness Loves September 2018

Pencils are sharpened, shoes are buffed, and raincoats make their re-appearance on the coat rack this month. It’s back to school, or as they call it in France, la rentrée, (the return). It’s been a quiet, heat-filled summer in London, but now it’s time for a good harvest of autumnal theatre, art, opera and music,…

Wallace Collection, Richard Wallace, Rococo art, museums in London

The Wallace Collection – A National Treasure

Tucked behind the Selfridges department store in Marylebone is one of my favourite London haunts, an eighteenth-century city pile with a jaw-dropping art collection and a 500-strong furniture depository which would make Marie Antoinette feel perfectly at home. It’s a sea of crimson red, rococo gold, salmon and strawberry pink, emerald green and indigo blue….

Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, Royal Family, Prince Charles

Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace

It’s hard to pick a favourite at Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, an exhibition marking the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. The 100 works which have been stuffed into the Palace’s Ball Supper Room were personally chosen by the Prince from the Royal Collection, the result of which is a…

Steinway Pianos, Hamburg factory, history of Steinway, Steinway and Sons, tour of Hamburg factory

Serenade for a Steinway

The first piece I ever penned for my creative writing degree was a portrait of my piano teacher, Sharko Hilbert. I chose her as my subject matter because I was nostalgically rooted in those Wednesday afternoons I spent in a sleepy suburb of Paris, practicing my Chopin, Schubert and Debussy with the cigar-smoking, mysterious Egyptienne. …

Horniman Museum, Frederick Horniman, Quirky Museums London, World Gallery, anthropology museum London, natural history

Horniman Museum – A London Cabinet of World Curiosities

I’ve never understood why so many Londoners have never been to, let alone heard of, one of my favourite places: the Horniman Museum. I know it’s located in the leafy suburb of Forest Hill, but you could hit two birds with one stone and visit the Dulwich Picture Gallery. I promise, it’s worth the trek….

Things to do in London July, July events London, things to do in London this summer

Londoness Loves – July 2018

It’s a swell time of year in London isn’t it? Tennis season has kicked off, London has gone art crazy and the sun is shining! It’s a busy month ahead for Londoness with plenty of theatre and with Mark Rylance coming back to Shakespeare’s Globe, no less! And let’s not forget, this month sees the…

Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, Horace Walpole, Gothic, architecture

A Tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham

If Oscar Wilde and Nicky Haslam had sired a love child in the eighteenth century, I think it would have been a Horatio “Horace” Walpole. He had wit, he had style, and he clearly lived by the adage that more is more. And his lasting legacy is a holiday pad like no other: it’s a…

Splendours of the Subcontinent, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Splendours of the Subcontinent – Queen’s Gallery

When I went to India, I came back with a couple of silk rugs and my most treasured collection of Ganesha statues. Shame I didn’t know any Maharajas, as I might have returned with some souvenirs the likes of which you have never seen. That is, until now. In a new exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery,…

Seat Plan, best seats in the theatre in London, seat review

Review the View at the Theatre

It won’t come as a surprise to you that I spend a lot of time at the theatre. My passion for all things playful started when I was 12 years-old in Paris and I was cast as Juliet in my school production of Romeo and Juliet.  I was bedazzled and fell head over heels in…

New Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, RA exhibition

Behind the Scenes of the new Royal Academy

  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 its 250 year-anniversary, there’s a…

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