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J.M.W Turner in London: Walk in Turner’s footsteps

Joseph Mallord William Turner was born, bred and died in London and was a Londoner through and through. During his lifetime he was one of the most celebrated figures in the country, the art critic John Ruskin referring to him as the “father of modern art.” Let’s follow Turner in London, meet some of the…

What’s on in London after lockdown 2021

As London prepares to ease out of lockdown, museums, galleries and music venues are starting to come out of hibernation, and across our theatres, the lights will soon flicker back on. Here is a glimpse of what’s on in London after lockdown 2021, including some of the best art exhibitions, plays, opera and concerts which…

Rokeby Venus, Venus at her Mirror, National Gallery

In Conversation with Venus at the National Gallery

I’m Venus at Her Mirror, but some people call me the Rokeby Venus or the Toilet of Venus. You can just call me Venus. The little fellow holding my mirror and helping me with my toilette  is my son, Cupid. Maestro Diego Velasquez’s bold brushstrokes poured life into this, my divine facsimile, in the seventeenth…

Best museum shops in London

The best museum shops in London

How much fun is it to browse and buy in a museum shop? It’s my guilty pleasure, and I must admit, I could get lost for hours snooping around London’s fabulous museum and gallery gift shops. And with “are we aren’t we” lockdown and social distancing, the best way to support our museums is to…

Lockdown 2020 – A note of gratitude to the creative sector

When the UK hunkered down into social hibernation in March, a new kind of warrior emerged: our NHS staff, our shopkeepers, delivery and public safety personnel, together with our ever-cheerful postal staff and rubbish collectors, became the nation’s knights in shining armour. More recently, the country fell head over heels in love with a 100-year-old…

Things to do this week in London: 2 to 8 March

Things to do this week in London: 2 to 8 March 2020

Majestic trees are coming to Southbank’s Hayward Gallery this week in all their arty guises, and Vanessa Williams is swirling into town for her stint in the award-winnng “City of Angels” at the Garrick Theatre. An exhibition marking Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday opens at the Florence Nightingale Museum, just in time for International Women’s Day….

Things to do this week in London 3 to 6 February

Things to do this week in London: 3 to 9 February

Things to do this week in London 3 to 9 February. It’s safe to say most of us will be happy to wave goodbye to January. It was dry for those doing the inevitable post-Christmas penance (I lift my martini glass up to you in awe), and yet it was also one of the soggiest Januarys…

Must-see Art for Kids in London

It’s all very well dragging the kids to London’s big-name museums, but which galleries and museums will your children actually like? And once you’re there, which painting, sculpture or object will they really appreciate? London is one giant artscape, and with most of it free, it’s hard to decide where to take children. Follow me…

What’s on in London 2020

Londoness Loves 2020 – A Guide to London

Welcome to the new decade and to another top-notch cultural year in London. As we swing into the roaring 20s here is my guide for what’s on in London in 2020 with some of the best theatre, opera, classical music, talks and art exhibitions this year. London Theatre in 2020 It’s going to be a…

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