San Domenico House

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Strolling down Draycot Place, with its red brick, ‘Pont Street Dutch’ houses and neat window boxes, you could only be one place in London and that’s Chelsea. Passing two elegant Russian ladies, with child and nanny in tow, only goes to confirm the location. Despite the late Summer sunshine the truth is I was just... Read more »

Flemings Hotel

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It was a typical late Autumn London day as I emerged from Green Park Tube. London was a little less frantic, but still bathed in post 2012 Olympic afterglow. My destination was close by; Flemings Hotel. Turning off bustling Piccadilly into the much quieter Half Moon Street, a discrete portico and flag indicated my home... Read more »

Portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge

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The first official painted portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, where it was unveiled Friday 11 January 2013 after a private viewing from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  The painting is now on display to the public in the Lerner Galleries, Room 36, Ground Floor (Admission... Read more »

One Twenty One Two

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There was a time when no one, other than those men who ‘travelled in ladies underwear’ would consider dining in the hotel restaurant. These days, especially in London, the restaurant and bar scene has changed so much that often hotel restaurants are the destinations of choice for those seeking fine food and service. Thus Lady... Read more »

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

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After a day long meeting at Television Centre, the one thing keeping me focused (other than the prospect of a free glass of BBC 'vin plonk' at six) was the delightful double of a night at the exclusive Guoman Royal Horsegaurds Hotel and dinner with my London galpal Lady C. We planned to meet at... Read more »

Lucian Freud

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I was not surprised to learn that as a boy, Lucian Freud was expelled from school for dropping his trousers in public. It seems to me that he has been doing this ever since and saying ‘look if you want to – or walk away – this is me take it or leave it.’ Thankfully... Read more »

Afternoon Tea at The Kensington

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“Millions of spiders have been milked & woven into a gold silk cape, we have 2C this!” said the tweet from @LadyCofBespoke; “The one at the V&A?” I tweeted back, “Yes” she replied. Thus I was tempted to town to look at a spider silk cape –but also the perfect excuse not only to see my... Read more »