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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…

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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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Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace

It’s hard to pick a favourite at Prince and Patron, Buckingham Palace, an exhibition marking the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. The 100 works which have been stuffed into the Palace’s Ball Supper Room were personally chosen by the Prince from the Royal Collection, the result of which is a…

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Splendours of the Subcontinent – Queen’s Gallery

When I went to India, I came back with a couple of silk rugs and my most treasured collection of Ganesha statues. Shame I didn’t know any Maharajas, as I might have returned with some souvenirs the likes of which you have never seen. That is, until now. In a new exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery,…

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Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V & A Museum

The Victorian Afternoon Tea at the Victoria and Albert Museum had me at seed cake. These two words always bring my childhood back in a whoosh of nostalgia wrapped in a cocoon of Englishness. If seed cake was good enough for Bilbo Baggins and his Unexpected Party, then it’s good enough for Londoness. And thanks…

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Londoness Loves May 2018

It may not look like May outside my window with the relentless grey tinge that accompanies that most uninvited of all types of weather: gusty winds and general sogginess. Even April’s tree blossom has resigned its fate to raining down onto the city’s pavements. The good news is the bank holiday weekend promises to bring…

Charles I at the Royal Academy

Drum roll please, I am about to tell you about an exhibition worth curtsying for, a show fit for royalty. It has pomp, it has circumstance, and its hero is the bad boy of the British royal family, the king who takes the prize for being the first, and last, to have his head chopped…

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Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament

The Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament as it’s commonly referred to, is one of London’s ultimate tourist hot spots, even if Big Ben is hibernating for the next three years whilst he gets a makeover. When I first arrived in London in the late 1980s, I would count the days until megalomaniac MP…

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…

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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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