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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…

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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….

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Londoness Loves May 2018

It may not look like May outside my window with the relentless grey tinge that accompanies that most uninvited of all types of weather: gusty winds and general sogginess. Even April’s tree blossom has resigned its fate to raining down onto the city’s pavements. The good news is the bank holiday weekend promises to bring…

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A Tour of JMW Turner’s House in London

You won’t see Joseph Mallord William Turner’s famous seascapes in Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, but you will be in the presence of the only three-dimensional work of art he left behind: the home he designed in west London.  A £2.4 million conservation programme has recently been completed on the Grade II listed house museum, during…

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Londoness Loves – April 2018

Forget the Beast from the East and get out in London this April. Here’s my guide to the best London theatre, classical music, opera, exhibitions, and yes, there might even be a couple of outdoor activities to put a spring in your step! Favourite this Month An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre Oscar Wilde’s thoroughly…

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Sex, Lies and Paint – Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Pablo Picasso’s output in 1932 was so prolific that Tate Modern was unable to list all of these in the seven-page chronology for its formidable new exhibition, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, which opened today. I am greeted by a quote when I enter the first room: “the work that one does is a…

Charles I at the Royal Academy

Drum roll please, I am about to tell you about an exhibition worth curtsying for, a show fit for royalty. It has pomp, it has circumstance, and its hero is the bad boy of the British royal family, the king who takes the prize for being the first, and last, to have his head chopped…

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Floating Palaces at the V&A

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style at the Victoria and Albert museum is an exhibition with some serious swagger. You might want to dress up for this one, as it’s all about the glitz and the glamour of the golden age of travel, and it might leave you feeling, well, a tad mundane. Ocean Liners is…

Afternoon tea at the Houses of Parliament

Afternoon Tea with Alan B’Stard (well, sort of)

The Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament as it’s commonly referred to, is one of London’s ultimate tourist hot spots, even if Big Ben is hibernating for the next three years whilst he gets a makeover. When I first arrived in London in the late 1980s, I would count the days until megalomaniac MP…

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Art Smarts – Must-see London Exhibitions in 2018

Art lovers are in for a treat in 2018 as London revs its arty engines for what promises to be a triumphant year. Masters of the old and masters of the new are out in full swing this year, with painting, photography, sculpture and design making an appearance in museums and galleries across the capital….

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