At the ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition

The words “Princess”, “Diana” and “clothes” are indisputably intertwined. Those of us old enough to remember her getting engaged to Prince Charles will also remember her evolution from bashful teenager to 80s Sloane Ranger to 90s power dresser – and the way in which she experimented with frills, ruffles, bows and, of course, shoulder pads. … Continue reading At the ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition

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Inspired and in awe: inside The House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas is one of those buildings in Soho that I’ve walked past many times, admiring its elegant Georgian façade - but never been sure what or who it represented. I was delighted, therefore, to be invited on a guided tour to find out more about this illustrious building and its history. … Continue reading Inspired and in awe: inside The House of St Barnabas

A trip into Space with Tim Peake (with a little help from the Science Museum)

As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Launched to the ISS on 15th December 2015, his arrival wasn’t without complications; whilst docking, the navigation system failed and a manual docking had to be completed by another astronaut. Apparently, this didn’t spoil Tim’s appetite; … Continue reading A trip into Space with Tim Peake (with a little help from the Science Museum)

Four Leading Ladies of the West End join forces for one glorious evening

I’ve always had a soft spot for musicals. I think it has something to do with growing up during the 1980s, when ‘Cats’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Miss Saigon’ graced the West End, performing to sell-out houses every night. To me, a gawky teenager, those shows epitomized glamour. Now, musicals are the … Continue reading Four Leading Ladies of the West End join forces for one glorious evening

The perfect treat on Christmas Eve: Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’

From its very beginning, as an authentic black & white Pathé film reel about how to behave in an air raid spools across the Sadler’s Wells stage, it was apparent that this would be no ordinary version of ‘Cinderella’. But then, none of Matthew Bourne’s productions are ordinary. Known for his support for emerging talent … Continue reading The perfect treat on Christmas Eve: Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’

From El Greco to Goya: the Spanish Masters pay a visit to the Wallace Collection

John and Joséphine Bowes were the 19th century equivalent of a power couple. Together, the son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore, and his glamorous actress wife, fulfilled their life-long dream to create a world-class museum filled with treasures that people from all walks of life could appreciate. The couple were avid collectors of art, … Continue reading From El Greco to Goya: the Spanish Masters pay a visit to the Wallace Collection

A Fireside Reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’

I remember writing a post this time a year ago saying that Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas unless I see at least one production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Last year, I watched this 200-year old classic performed beneath the beautiful glass dome of the British Museum; this year, I found myself in a very different, … Continue reading A Fireside Reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’

A very special invitation from this year’s ‘Adopt a Playwright’ winner

The Adopt A Playwright Award scheme is such a great idea. Launched by Sofie Mason and Diana Jervis-Read in 2008, this is an OffWestEnd.com initiative which ensures that talented new writers from backgrounds that offer little – or no – encouragement or financial support do not give up after writing their first play, but “are … Continue reading A very special invitation from this year’s ‘Adopt a Playwright’ winner

A visit to the Roman mystery which lies beneath the Square Mile

I went on a fascinating tour of Billingsgate Roman House & Baths this morning, an archaeological site located along Lower Thames Street in the most unlikely of places, directly beneath an office block. Originally discovered by the Victorians (who, unusually for them, decided not to demolish it), the site is now owned by The City … Continue reading A visit to the Roman mystery which lies beneath the Square Mile