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An Alternative Guide to Christmas in London

Yes, London, it’s that time of year again when the city is all wrapped up for the Christmas season. The festive lights have been switched on, Regent’s Street is looking angelic, the royal palaces are open for skating business, and Scrooge is warming up all over town for variations of ‘A Christmas Carol’. From quirky…

So Long and Farewell Lord Mayor of London

The Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley, and I go back a long way. To 2003 precisely when he was known simply as Dr Parmley, or Dr P. I would be invited to his office on an all-too regular basis to discuss the very bad behaviour of my eldest, Clarissa. He was head of the…

Princess Diana's London

I Spy Lady Di | Princess Diana’s London

Diana, or Lady Di, as she was known, continues to fascinate us today, and the memory of the People’s Princess still beats at the core of London’s heart. Diana is omnipresent on the London map: the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Playground and Memorial Walk, the White Garden and her once home, Kensington Palace. In memory…

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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…

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…

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The London Summer Social Diary

The Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London 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 dresses,…

Midnight in London

Come with me on a flight of fancy just for a moment. Imagine that the film director Woody Allen had set his film “Midnight in Paris” in London. In which period of British history would Allen have time-travelled: what moment in time represents London as its most nostalgic? I thought it would be fun to…

How to be dandy in London and shopping for men

Dandy About Town

It’s quite easy being a Dandy in London. Bertie Wooster, Beau Brummel and Oscar Wilde are alive and well and living right here in the Big Smoke. A male friend of mine took me on a Man about Town weekend together with some other Beaus and Berties who work for her Majesty’s pleasure. From chucking…

Sacré Bleu, Blanc and Rouge!

They say you are the nationality that you dream in. My dreams have always been a mélange of Franglais, but I have to admit that the English has been taking centre stage of late. I don’t have a drop of British blood in me, but these days you’d never know it . So what makes…

A smashing, positively dashing day!

I know nothing about horses, gambling or how to wear a hat, but I can be hedonistic, and I enjoy a glass or two, maybe even three, of a certain French drink with bubbles. My lovely friend Hilary invited me into her private “Winning Post” enclosure again, so Mark and I draped ourselves in Best…

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