The Londoness


Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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Things to do in London in May, London, May 2019, events

Londoness Loves May 2019

Let me start by making a promise to you: there isn’t a hint of wisteria hysteria, not a sprinkling of magnolia madness nor any bloomin’ blossom of any kind in my Londoness Loves. So, let’s get on with the fun stuff: here’s my guide to the top things to do in London in May. Canalway…

cutty sark, 150 birthday, cutty sark meaning, cutty sark history

Cutty Sark teas-off for its 150th

Cutty Sark: two words that instantly convey adventure, stealth, the open sea and the might of British engineering. One of London’s most treasured landmarks, the Cutty Sark is turning a grand 150 years young, and to celebrate, the Greenwich museum has laid on some very merry birthday celebrations. So, batten down the hatches, and check…

Things to do in London this March, Exhibitions, Theatre, Opera, Art Fair, March, London, 2019

Londoness Loves March

Drum roll: some big names are coming to London town this March, including Van Gogh, Tom Hiddleston, Anish Kapoor and opera superstars Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufman. With spring in my step, here are some of my favourite things to do in London this March. Pick of the month The Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, once…

The Favourite, Costumes, Hampton Court Palace, Queen Anne, Sandy Powell

Costumes from The Favourite at Hampton Court

Move over Henry VIII: you’ve had your day. There’s a new dawn at Hampton Court Palace, and it’s Queen Anne’s turn to be in the limelight. Thanks to Yorgos Lanthimos’s baroque tour de force: The Favourite, Queen Anne is finally, and deservedly, taking centre stage in British history.  Winner of seven Baftas, a Golden Globe…

Tracey Emin, White Cube, Bermondsey, Swinging London, Fashion and Textile, Bedrooms of London, Foundling

Getting my groove on in Bermondsey

Bermondsey is a part of London with which I am totally unfamiliar. A few years ago, I went to a dinner party in one of those uber-cool apartments where kids are personae non gratae. I spent the evening entranced by the twinkling Shard, which appeared to sit just above the flat and which would ebb…

Pierre Bonnard, Tate Modern, Bill Viola, Michelangelo, Royal Academy, Two Temple Place, John Ruskin, Alan Titchmarch

Where dry January turns damp

So, it’s confession time. Dry January has turned into damp January, fuelled by my utter lack of resistance to a martini, served green side-up with two juicy olives – one of my Five-a-Day, right? Is it wrong of me to say it was the best thing I tasted all week? Well, we all needed some…

Bankside things to do, visit Bankside, Bankside history, Bankside Shakespeare

15 reasons to visit Bankside

It was once a cacophonous pleasure zone with brothels, bear-baiting, gaming dens and four Tudor theatres: The Globe, The Rose, the Swan and the Hope. Shakespeare and Dickens lived here. Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire light up the London sky from here in 1666. So, if you’re visiting London, make sure you visit Bankside…