The V&A has a second museum in Bethnal Green which is dedicated to celebrating childhood , full of beautiful exhibits that take you right back to when you were little. Their special exhibition is just that, special, and is all about the extraordinary work of Michael Morpurgo. Called a Lifetime in Stories, it takes us on a journey through his life and his incredible body of work, including of course his most famous book War Horse. Continue reading
Barrafina is a mini chain of tapas restaurants in London that have claimed a Michelin star for their owners the Hart brothers. Sam and Eddie. Their original site on Dean Street was always hard to get a seat at and has recently relocated inside the nearby Quo Vadis restaurant so I doubt it’s any easier to get into. However they have other sites and I was looking for a good local lunch to complement an uplifting visit to the British Museum’s Hokusai exhibition when I remembered there was a Barrafina in Drury Lane. Continue reading
It was one of the hottest days of the year and I was off to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London to explore the story of Franklin, lost in the arctic! Continue reading
The Wallace Collection is one of London’s hidden gems, a small and beautiful museum with a wonderful collection of art, porcelain and armoury, housed in a fabulous London town house. I’ve been to visit many times and thought I was familiar with most items in their collection but their new special exhibition Gilded Interiors highlighted some stunning pieces I’d missed.
I write a seasonal newsletter with tips about what’s on in London which I send directly to subscribers but my blog readers can enjoy it too. If you want to subscribe, go to my website and let me know. Check out your favourite section: theatre, museums, shopping and fashion, art galleries, foodie stuff, royal palaces and parks, sport or music, it’s all here!
So here you are, my pick of what’s on in London over the summer: Continue reading
I love having a birthday as it’s a great excuse for splendid lunches and being treated by friends! Petersham Nurseries restaurant has been on my list for ages so I was delighted when my friend suggested it. Formerly the home of Skye Gyngell where she earned a Michelin star before heading to Somerset House to open Spring. Still a fine restaurant, it is set in the middle of a beautiful plant nursery.
We met at Richmond station, not far out of the centre of London and took a wonderful walk along the Thames to reach this tucked away venue, making it feel like a real hidden treat! Continue reading
The top holiday souvenir when you were on the Grand Tour in the 18th century was a painting by Canaletto as Venice was considered the cultural centrepiece of such an expedition! Luckily for those of us without such deep pockets, the Queen’s Gallery is staging a stunning show called ‘Canaletto & the Art of Venice’ which transports you back to Venice of those days.
As someone who is always out and about in London, the chance to visit somewhere for the first time is a real treat. Why have I not been there before? Well, despite being on this site since 1348 this is the first time the public have been allowed inside Charterhouse.
Here’s my seasonal newsletter which goes out to Friends of It’s Your London but I like to share it on my blog as well. Enjoy!
IT’S YOUR LONDON NEWSLETTER FOR SPRING 2017.
Here’s your spring 2017 newsletter giving you a taster of the exciting events coming up in the next 3 months in our capital. If you want to hear more about anything listed, or any other things you may have heard about, do send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll get right back to you. Continue reading
London’s Design Museum moved home last year and set up its stall in wonderful, newly refurbished premises in Kensington. I wrote about my visit to their opening events here.
I was intrigued when I received the invitation to their latest exhibition, called Imagine Moscow, an exhibition which explores six Moscow architectural landmarks from the 1920s and 1930s that were never built! However, it turned out to be interesting, surprising and offered some visionary designs which would have resulted in a modern, dramatic city had they come to fruition. From large-scale projects to classic propaganda material, there is plenty to see and enjoy. Continue reading