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Born in Paris.

Made in London.

Teller of London Tales.

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Things to do in Kew Gardens when it rains

12 things to do in Kew Gardens when it rains

My love affair with Kew Gardens began in the rain. It was one of those typical British summertime days, one which promised soggy jeans and the inevitable squelching through mud. A picnic was off the menu and so was lazing around in the summery aroma of freshly-cut grass. We had already committed to an afternoon…

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The Great Exhibition and how the Crystal Palace built the V and A

If you’ve been watching Victoria  Series 3, then you’ve recently come across Henry Cole, Prince Albert’s wingman in the creation of the visionary Great Exhibition of 1851. What you probably didn’t know is that the exhibition, dubbed The Greatest Show on Earth and housed inside the glittering Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, would one day…

Things to do in London in May, London, May 2019, events

Londoness Loves May 2019

Let me start by making a promise to you: there isn’t a hint of wisteria hysteria, not a sprinkling of magnolia madness nor any bloomin’ blossom of any kind in my Londoness Loves. So, let’s get on with the fun stuff: here’s my guide to the top things to do in London in May. Canalway…

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Cutty Sark teas-off for its 150th

Cutty Sark: two words that instantly convey adventure, stealth, the open sea and the might of British engineering. One of London’s most treasured landmarks, the Cutty Sark is turning a grand 150 years young, and to celebrate, the Greenwich museum has laid on some very merry birthday celebrations. So, batten down the hatches, and check…

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…

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Dickens Museum | Food Glorious Food

The first thing you need to do when you enter the Dickens Museum is stop. Just pause for a moment. Charles Dickens actually  lived in this Georgian house at 48 Doughty Street in Holborn. He walked these halls, instructed his servants, arranged his furniture (rather fanatically, it seems), raised three of his ten children, entertained…

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18 Family Christmas things to do in London 2018

As Christmas waves its enchanting wand over London, the city pirouettes into a bewitching winter canvas for kids. Is there any place as magical as London during Christmas?  I promise you some merry, a large spoonful of nostalgia and not a mince of boring. Here are my top 18 Family Christmas things to do in…

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Russians, Royalty and the Romanovs at the Queen’s Gallery

As if the Last Tsar exhibition at the Science Museum wasn’t enough of a treat, London is now getting a Romanov double whammy with a new exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs has glitz, it has glamour, and it has a generous helping of Russian bling. The exhibition celebrates the…

othellomacbeth Lyric Hammersmith, review

Review: othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith

Yes, you read that title correctly. I’ve just been to see a mash-up of two of Shakespeare’s plays into one and its name is othellomacbeth. When you think about it, Othello  and Macbeth  have at their core similar DNA: power, greed and green-eyed monsters capable of turning gullible men into murderous villains. And it’s not…

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Covent Garden in a day

Covent Garden is London’s living theatre, a canvas of the city’s enchanting past and its immersive present. It was once Nell Gwynn’s playground with her King, and home to the oldest theatre in London with its 500 ghosts of theatre past. Eliza Doolittle sold flowers to Mr Henry Higgins outside St Paul’s Church, the first…

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