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The Talented Mr Linley

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington is a house museum which time forgot, a 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 home of ‘Punch’ cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion and…

Soutine, Courtauld, London exhibition

Soutine’s Culinary Artistry

Monsieur Soutine had a knack for finding good staff. And he certainly liked a man in uniform. Bellboys, waiters, valets, pastry cooks and the occasional maid, would make their way from the grand hotels and restaurants of Paris’s Roaring Twenties onto his fiery canvases.  London hasn’t seen a Soutine show for 35 years, but thanks…

Harry Potter, British Museum, History of Magic, London

Potty for Harry at the British Library

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published? And just in time for Halloween, there’s an enchanting exhibition opening at the British Library. Harry Potter: A History of Magic is a treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts, magical objects and illustrations that will bewitch even the most cynical…

Serpentine Gallery, Sackler Magazine Restaurant, Afternoon Tea London, Kensington Gardens

Afternoon Tea at the Magazine

Zaha Hadid and I spent many weekends in each other’s company in the later 2000s. Or to be exact, I spent many evenings perched at the Zaha Hadid-designed bar in the private members’ club, Home House. In those days, House Bar became an extension to my Marylebone apartment. Goodness knows how many hours I spent…

Egypt Uncovered at the Soane Museum

As if you needed an excuse to go and visit one of London’s best-loved museums, but I’m about to give you one. Over at the Soane Museum in Holborn, you can meet an Italian circus strongman turned Egyptologist, and discover tales of robbed tombs and a celebrity Pharaoh. Add to that a three-day candlelit Sarcophagus…

Afternoon Tea Buttery Café Burgh House Hampstead

Afternoon Tea at Burgh House

Burgh House in Hampstead may not be on everyone’s radar, but it should be. It’s one of London’s darling house museums, and it’s a de-lovely place to have Afternoon Tea. The Autumn ‘what’s on diary’ is bursting with music recitals, wine and cheese tastings, Halloween and Christmas events and much more. It’s also an art…

Degas, Drawn in Colour, Burrell Collection, National Gallery

Dancing with Degas

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas liked to draw women. He dabbled with horses as well, but really, it was the women that grabbed his voyeuristic attention, often of the dancing or bathing variety. These ethereal damsels are the subject of an exhibition opening on the 20th September at the National Gallery, a collection of thirteen paintings, pastels and…

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