ONLINE CHAT DATE: Wednesday 25th November 2015, 7:30pm – 9pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, published by Serpent’s Tail
AUTHOR KAREN JOY FOWLER WILL BE JOINING US ONLINE FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS!
Kensington is one of those places that feels magical as soon as your feet touch the pavement…
There is sparkle in the air, with its grand tree-lined thoroughfare, the sweet cobbled mews, the sensational shopping and wonderful cafes and restaurants… and of course it is also where Peter Pan resides so happily in Kensington Gardens…
Oh London, oh London
I can’t believe my luck
For again, this hazy golden Autumn
Brings crunching leaves and blackberries
And butternutty soups in steaming mugs
And softest mittens
I’m a smitten kitten…
It’s definitely getting chillier… but fear not! Backyard Cinema have teamed up with East London’s Winterville to create the ultimate indoor, winter cinema. Set in the heart of the Christmas festival the Backyard team have created their very own enchanted forest named ‘The Winter Night Garden’, which can only be accessed and down a secret tunnel of trees. A TUNNEL OF TREES.
Halloween is officially round the corner.
I don’t know about you but for me, I do genuinely get a bit spooked. Not by all the ghosts and ghouls, but by the hoards of children, dressed up in crazy outfits demanding sweeties OR ELSE.
London has so many secret corners. Twists and turns and unexpected surprises… Sometimes you turn a corner and are met with a dead end. Or maybe a river. And sometimes you find yourself face to face with a shop front to make your heart ping and eyes twinkle…
I’m always on the hunt for new ways to refresh a room and bring a space in my home back to life. Often, all it needs is a small change, like new piece of furniture, or picture on the wall. And sometimes it’s just time to go all out and repaint the room which always fills me with excitement – mostly because when you’re painting in your decorating clothes, it basically gives you carte blanche to listen to rubbish radio FM and drink as much tea and eat as many biscuits as you like.
Fashion illustrators capture the worlds most fashionable celebrities and models, using their unique artistic styles to celebrate these icons most stylish moments. But what about all the other women out there who have a passion for fashion, and want their very own fashion moment to be captured? That’s you, by the way.
Dating back to 1865, English Afternoon Tea is credited to the Duchess of Bedford. The legend says that the first lady to enjoy ‘afternoon tea’ was Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who lived at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and was lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria.
Have you ever walked round a gorgeous art gallery, dreaming of owning something fabulous by a famous artist… and then sobbing wildly as you look at the price tags?
Well stop that sobbing right now, for I bring GREAT TIDINGS and EXCITING NEWS and I AM GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER. (Especially if you like Tracey Emin. That bit’s quite crucial, actually.)
Imagine a world where hipsters, bankers and yummy mummies battle it out for control of the city…
Which slice of the pie would you go for?
76 years ago, Gita Peller, a Hungarian immigrant, and Bertha Rigby, an English corsetière, set up shop on South Molton Street (bet the rent was a bit cheaper then) and immediately had a storming success on their hands.
If you weren’t already aware, my blog also has a calendar, where I (and you!) can pop up events that I think are swell… and here are some of my favourites for the month ahead – glorious October – that is full of sunshine, sensational colours and so much loveliness that I can’t seem to tear myself away from Instagram!