The Londoness


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Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole, gothic literature, gothic design,

Strawberry Hill: Walpole’s Lost Treasures come home

How on earth do you track 150 paintings, sculptures, furniture and curiosities which were dispersed 176 years ago after the great “sale of the century?”  You hire art super-sleuth Silvia Davoli, that’s how. And you know Horace Walpole would be tickled pink (or probably red, a colour he used lavishly and liberally) to see his…

Wallace Collection, Richard Wallace, Rococo art, museums in London

The Wallace Collection – A National Treasure

Tucked behind the Selfridges department store in Marylebone is the Wallace Collection, one of my favourite London haunts. It’s an eighteenth-century city pile with a jaw-dropping art collection and a 500-strong furniture depository which would make Marie Antoinette feel perfectly at home. It’s a sea of crimson red, rococo gold, salmon and strawberry pink, emerald…

The Savoy London, History

The Swanky Savoy Hotel

She’s the hostess with the mostest, London’s grande dame who has partied through two world wars and slept with movie stars, politicians and royalty.  The Savoy Hotel London is 130 years young,  and if her walls could talk, they would whisper about the great and the godly and the bold and the beautiful that graced…

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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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In the Flesh – Erotic Art in London

As Cupid sharpens his arrow for Valentine’s Day, it’s time for me to take you on another fleshy tour of saucy London. I can reliably inform you that In the Flesh is the most popular post on Diary of a Londoness.  Which of course makes me laugh and wink right back at you. So follow me,…

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…

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…

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…

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