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Lockdown 2020 | A note of gratitude to the creative sector

When the UK hunkered down into social hibernation in March, a new kind of warrior emerged: our NHS staff, our shopkeepers, delivery and public safety personnel, together with our ever-cheerful postal staff and rubbish collectors, became the nation’s knights in shining armour. More recently, the country fell head over heels in love with a 100-year-old…

entertain yourself at home during Coronavirus

How to entertain yourself at home during self-isolation

Are you stuck between four walls and wondering how to entertain yourself at home during Coronavirus self-isolation? Beat the social distancing blues with cinema streaming, some classic laugh out loud books, and keep company with websites and podcasts which will add colour to your world. Listen to some soothing classical music (with plenty of free…

Luisa Miller English National Opera

Luisa Miller at the English National Opera

I braced Storm Dennis’s ferocious embrace on Saturday night for a dose of operatic drama in the company of the English National Opera’s Luisa Miller. This is the ENO’s first staging of Verdi’s fifteenth opera and one which I have been longing to see for years. Written when Verdi was 36, the opera marks the…

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at the Royal Opera House

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground  at the Royal Opera House is as mad as a box of frogs. The much-loved children’s tale of delicious nonsense has been condensed into a 55-minute rollercoaster of an opera, written by Irish composer Gerald Barry and directed and designed by Antony McDonald. Anything is possible during this topsy-turvy muchness of…

What’s on in London 2020

Londoness Loves 2020 | A Guide to London

Welcome to the new decade and to another top-notch cultural year in London. As we swing into the roaring 20s here is my guide for what’s on in London in 2020 with some of the best theatre, opera, classical music, talks and art exhibitions this year. London Theatre in 2020 It’s going to be a…

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Londoness Loves November 2019

London may be getting spruced up for Christmas, but we’ve still got a month to go before we descend into full-blown festive craziness. It’s time to banish the never-ending Brexit blues with some help from a culture-filled November in London. This month is all about the towering figures of art, history and legend with Leonardo,…

Oxford Lieder Festival, 2019

Oxford Lieder Festival | Magic, Myths and Mortals

It’s that melodic time of year again, when Oxford goes into full musical throttle in celebration of classical music and poetry. For two weeks, the city falls under the spell of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which this year transports us to Tales of Beyond – Magic, Myths and Mortals in the tuneful company of some…

Fantasio, Garsington Opera

Fantasio at Garsington Opera

Manolo Blahnik, who has taken up a well-heeled residence at the Wallace Collection in London, would feel right at home on the Garsington Opera stage this summer. That’s because its version of Offenbach’s Fantasio offers a powdering of Marie Antoinette (the Sofia Coppola version) with some flamboyant Commedia dell’Arte thrown in. And whilst poor old…

Londoness Loves July 2019

As London prepares for tennis fever, I’m sticking to the non-sporty side of the city where you’ll see me hanging out in our cool museums and theatres or sitting lawnside, but with a Pimms in hand and listening to jazzy tunes.  Here are some of the best things to do in London this July. Stay…

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The London Social Season

The Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London Social Season, but for me, it’s the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy that gets summer in London off to a rip-roaring start. The world’s largest open submission art exhibition signals a tee off for strawberries and cream, cucumber sandwiches, Pimms and lemonade, racing hats, flowing…

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