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17 quiet and scenic picnic spots in London

Having trouble finding a quiet picnic spot in London, courtesy of lockdown and with restaurants off the menu? We all know the usual al fresco hangouts: Regent’s, Hyde Park, Richmond and St James’s Parks, as well as Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Kew Gardens. But there are also plenty of smaller or more unusual green…

Halloween in London 2019 – For adults only

As the witching hour approaches, it’s time to saddle your broomsticks and get into Halloween mode. And I’m not talking about trick-or-treating for sickly sweets or chasing after your little ghouls and vampires. Nay, this grisly post is for grown-ups only with some hair-raising Halloween London events into which you can really sink your teeth….

Neasden Temple, London

The Neasden Temple | Visiting the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. I know, you won’t be able to pronounce the name, so just refer to it as the Neasden Temple. Yes, you read that right. Neasden. This divine temple, which you would expect to see in Agra, actually resides in north west London. It’s a masterpiece in Indian craftsmanship and it shimmers in…

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection, Enquiring Mind

Haute design : Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

Nobody clads a foot quite like Manolo. Women fantasize about having a pair of his arty concoctions in their shoe rack. My eldest daughter asked me for a pair of Manolos for her eighteenth birthday. We know he was Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe designer of choice in Sex and the City, and who better to adorn…

Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace | Where Medieval meets Art Deco London

Imagine a hotsy-totsy sleepover with both Henry VIII and Hercule Poirot. You have a coupe de champagne in one hand, and the ivories tinker away in the background. A lemur called Mah-Jongg and Caesar the Great Dane are chasing each other around a panelled Art Deco entrance hall fit for a Queen. Oh, did I…

Fitzrovia Chapel

Fitzrovia Chapel | Byztantine Bling in London

There are some places in London that simply take your breath away. The Arab Hall in Leighton House is one of those. The Soane Museum is another, as is Two Temple Place. Then I visited Fitzrovia Chapel where every square inch screams of bling without a Swarovski crystal in sight. This may just be London’s…

Pitzhanger Manor, Gallery

Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery | Entertaining Mr Soane

You may have never heard of Pitzhanger Manor, but you will now. Following a three-year, £12 million renovation and restoration project, this London gem in Ealing is striking a Regency pose, ready to make your acquaintance. Designed in 1800 by the neo-classical starchitect, John Soane, the manor is re-born like a phoenix rising from its…

Pierre Bonnard, Tate Modern, Bill Viola, Michelangelo, Royal Academy, Two Temple Place, John Ruskin, Alan Titchmarch

Where dry January turns damp

So, it’s confession time. Dry January has turned into damp January, fuelled by my utter lack of resistance to a martini, served green side-up with two juicy olives – one of my Five-a-Day, right? Is it wrong of me to say it was the best thing I tasted all week? Well, we all needed some…

Orpheus, Review, Battersea Arts Centre

Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre

The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice might be a “sad, sad story of woe” but the Little Bulb Theatre version at the Battersea Arts Centre is anything and everything but sad. It’s hammy, funny, moving, silly and utterly brilliant. The epic Greek myth of Orpheus descending into hell to collect his wife, Eurydice, has been…

Christmas in London 2018. Alternative Christmas in London, quirky, Christmas fair, Christmas carols, royal Christmas, Christmas markets London,

Alternative Christmas in London 2018

As we jingle into December, it’s time for some Christmassy recommendations from yours truly. And you know my Christmas in London tends to be on the quirky side, so without further ho ho ho, here is Londoness’s alternative guide to Christmas in London. I wish you a very merry December! You can look, but you…

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