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Sambourne House

Sambourne House: A Victorian time capsule

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace is Sambourne House a house museum which time forgot and an extraordinary five-storey cabinet of curiosities. You may have seen it before in Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View or in Maurice. It’s the former family home of Punch cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his…

Leighton House

A Tour of Leighton House Museum

It’s safe to say that Leighton House in Kensington probably houses the most beautiful room in London. This historic house, once owned by celebrity artist of the day, Lord Frederic Leighton, has one of London’s showstopper interior gems, hiding an Arab Hall which looks like a Fabergé egg just had babies with Ali Baba’s cave….

Cultural things to do in London this September

Cultural things to do in London this September

Last updated on November 21st, 2022Are you looking for a guide to what’s on in London this month? Get your September diaries out and get planning with my guide to some of the best cultural things to do in London this month including art exhibitions, theatre, events, opera and music. Londoness Loves: Cultural things to…

what's on in London this summer

Cultural things to do in London this July & August

Last updated on July 15th, 2022Are you looking for a guide to what’s on in London this July and August? Get your diaries out and get planning with my insider round-up of some of the best cultural things to do in London this summer including exhibitions, theatre, events, opera and music. Londoness Loves: Cultural things…

London’s alternative museums: 22 quirky & unusual museums you absolutely must see when you visit London

Last updated on November 21st, 2022Let’s go and discover some alternative museums in London: 22 must-see unusual, off-beat, historical and secret museums everyone should visit at least once in London You’ve done the Tower of London, the British Museum, Madame Tussauds and Westminster Abbey. But there’s so much more to London than our superstar tourist…

Turner in London

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

Last updated on May 27th, 2021Joseph 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…

What’s on in London after lockdown 2021

Last updated on September 22nd, 2021As 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,…

Rokeby Venus, Venus at her Mirror, National Gallery

In Conversation with Venus at the National Gallery

Last updated on September 21st, 2021I’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…

Best museum shops in London

The best museum shops in London

Last updated on March 12th, 2021How 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…

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