At home with Charles, Camilla – and a veritable menagerie: what life inside Clarence House is really like

“You’ll see that this is very much a family house”, observed our guide at the beginning of our tour – and on balance, I’d have to say that she was right. Clarence House has a lived-in, cosy feel that you can’t imagine in somewhere like Buckingham Palace. That said, on the tour we only saw … Continue reading At home with Charles, Camilla – and a veritable menagerie: what life inside Clarence House is really like

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Visiting the new foodies’ paradise that is Victoria…with some unexpected results

Back in the day, central London's Victoria was a veritable wilderness when it came to entertainment – be it eating, drinking, shopping...you were likely to be disappointed. I used to work just down the road, in Westminster, and remember well the disillusioned faces of tourists trudging down Victoria Street, weary from their tours of the … Continue reading Visiting the new foodies’ paradise that is Victoria…with some unexpected results

Murder, mayhem and an unexpected brush with fashion royalty: how the City of London Police Museum is full of surprises

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing London’s famous Square Mile since 1839. The smallest police district in the world, it also has its very Museum – the subject of this post. I’ll be honest: when a friend recommended the Museum to me, I couldn’t see the attraction. Could not, to be … Continue reading Murder, mayhem and an unexpected brush with fashion royalty: how the City of London Police Museum is full of surprises

Lunch at the UK’s first organic gastropub turns out to be an experience second to none

“Bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?” commented my friend. Luckily, Claire wasn’t referring to the delicious food which at that very moment we were tucking into, but to the name of the establishment in which we found ourselves upon this sunny Saturday. And she was right: 'Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge' doesn’t exactly roll … Continue reading Lunch at the UK’s first organic gastropub turns out to be an experience second to none

An evening with ‘Mrs Orwell’ proves unexpectedly moving

Tonight’s outing to The Old Red Lion Theatre served as the perfect reminder as to why I frequent the Off West End theatres far more than their West End counterparts. And I’m not referring to the cost of the tickets – although it goes without saying that the ‘Offies’ are far cheaper. No, it’s the … Continue reading An evening with ‘Mrs Orwell’ proves unexpectedly moving

Plague, monks and royalty: the life and times of one of London’s oldest residences

What an illustrious history the Charterhouse has. 650 years old, this venerable old building has borne witness to some of the most turbulent times in British history, beginning with the acquisition of its land, during the fourteenth century, as a burial ground for victims of the Black Death. In 1371, a Carthusian monastery was built, … Continue reading Plague, monks and royalty: the life and times of one of London’s oldest residences

The day I lost my heart to Greenwich’s Fan Museum

Small, but perfectly formed – and an utter delight, from start to finish. That is my humble opinion of The Fan Museum in Greenwich. Even its location has significance, housed as it is within two Grade II-listed Georgian town houses on Crooms Hill. Built between 1718 and 1721, having been designed by the architect John … Continue reading The day I lost my heart to Greenwich’s Fan Museum

Inside Wellington Arch – London’s very own Tardis

Wellington Arch is one of those buildings that Londoners, myself included, tend to take for granted. Which is a great pity, because there is far, far more to this 19th century landmark than meets the eye - as I can testify, having visited it for the first time earlier today. Slightly embarrassingly, I only became … Continue reading Inside Wellington Arch – London’s very own Tardis

Never cry for me, Argentina: Eva Perón’s biographer on Evita’s life, loves and legacy

Blessed as I am to live in London, every so often I get to venture inside somewhere unexpected - and unexpected. Tonight was a particularly special occasion, as I found myself inside the Argentine Ambassador to London's Residence, in luscious Belgrave Square. It was a privilege just to see inside this beautiful building, with its … Continue reading Never cry for me, Argentina: Eva Perón’s biographer on Evita’s life, loves and legacy