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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…

Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, Diana, The Royal Family

Rein Supreme: The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

If cars, carriages and horses went to heaven, The Royal Mews is where they would go. Tucked away behind Buckingham Palace, this is the ultimate stable for regal steeds and stately wheels. And I’m sure Cinderella wouldn’t say neigh to trotting off in a Royal Carriage for her amorous rendez-vous with Prince Charming. Royal Mewsings…

London House Museums, historical house, London

The House Beautiful

London has some of the world’s most iconic museums displaying the finest art money can’t buy, but it’s the capital’s little treasures that I want to share with you today. Ensconced in these historical gems, you can amble around at a snail’s pace, savour every museum inch and still have time for tea and cake…

things to do in London this summer with the kids, musicals, kids go free, theatre, festivals, museums, summer kids London

Summer 2017 for the Little Darlings

It’s that most wonderful time of the year: the summer holidays. The school hands your little whippersnappers over to you, and your heart sinks as you wonder what on earth you are going to do with them for the next eight weeks. There’s no need to get your knickers in a twist as there are…

Guildhall Art Gallery, Echoes Across the Century, World War I, London Art

Art Review: Echoes Across the Century

The Guildhall Art Gallery has been on my cultural radar for a long time. After all, it’s home to some very impressive pre-Raphaelite paintings, and its belly houses the remains of a Roman amphitheatre no less, discovered in 1988 when the gallery was carrying out renovation works. But my reason for heading over to the…

Canaletto, The Art of Venice, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

Art Review: The Royal Canalettos

If ever there was an exhibition to make you swoon, it’s this one: over 200 paintings, drawings and prints from the Royal Collection, on display in the majestic Queen’s Gallery in Canaletto and the Art of Venice. The Italian master is in excellent company, surrounded by his contemporaries Francesco Zuccarelli, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and Pietro…

London in May, theatre, exhibitions, art, Kids in London in May

May Be Baby

May is a see-saw of a month: hot and fiery in parts and wet and wild in others. The parks are starting to groan with sun-worshippers, the pubs are spilling out onto pavements, and I’ve even seen the odd sandal make an appearance (albeit paired up with a backup brolly). May isn’t just about bank…

A Blazing Beauty: Kipling’s India

I could have easily given up all my worldly rupees and even a piece of my soul for some of the artwork on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, “Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.” There were no magic carpets here, but it certainly felt like I had flown…

London’s Tealightful Teas

Dripping crumpets, rich, tangy and melt-in-the-mouth Victoria Sponge, a warm, orange-scented clotted cream of a scone, and a spicy brew made of leaves from far-flung exotic places such as Darjeeling or Ceylon, … afternoon tea really is the stuff of whipped dreams. The French refer to afternoon tea as “Thé Anglais,” or English tea. It…

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