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Charles II, Art and Power, Queen’s Gallery

King of Bling: Charles II at the Queen’s Gallery

The English weren’t as partial to the chopping of a royal head as the French were, but the story of this exhibition starts with the trial of Charles I, the ill-fated king whose head was to be severed from his body on the 30 January 1649. Fast forward to 1660 and enter his son, Charles…

18 Stafford Terrace, house museum, Linley Sambourne, Victorian London, museums London

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…

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Art Review – Modigliani at Tate Modern

I am doing something remarkable. I am a voyeur in an artist’s studio in Paris – in Montparnasse to be exact – for a full six and a half minutes. But, I am actually in London. I am gazing out of Amedeo Modigliani’s studio window, towards the smoky chimney tops and listening to the drizzling,…

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An Alternative Guide to Christmas in London

Yes, London, it’s that time of year again when the city is all wrapped up for the Christmas season. The festive lights have been switched on, Regent’s Street is looking angelic, the royal palaces are open for skating business, and Scrooge is warming up all over town for variations of ‘A Christmas Carol’. From quirky…

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Must-see London exhibitions in November

As London shifts into Christmas gear, it’s nice to know you can escape tinseltown’s seasonal madness from time to time, and what better way than with some art? How could you possibly fail to be impressed by the Impressionists in London at the Tate Britain or by Modigliani’s collection of nudes at Tate Modern? You…

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…

Opera, Passion, Power, Politics V & A, Wallace, Gerald Scarfe, Reflections

Must-see London exhibitions this October

You might be tempted to start hibernating this autumn, but don’t you dare! London is buzzing this October, from Opera, Passion, Power and Politics at the V & A, to the surreal Gerald Scarfe designs for stage and screen at the House of Illustration, to Reflections at the National Gallery and Spanish masterpieces at the…

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