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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 in London, Diana's London, William and Harry, Kensington Palace

I Spy Lady Di

Unless you’ve just woken up from a coma, you will know that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death. 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. Di is omnipresent…

Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, Diana, The Royal Family

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 what 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 have…

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…

A RIGHT ROYAL CELEBRATION

It’s been a merry week, with London celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, St George’s Day and  the 400th anniversary the death of William Shakespeare. London was awash with Union Jack flags, the Dubonnet flowed in honour of Her Majesty, and The Bard’s works were brought to life all over the city.     I took…

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