Why it’s good to be queen

September 25, 2018
There are probably many reasons someone wouldn't want to be queen but tiaras have to be a major reason why it's good to be queen.  The Victoria & Albert Museum in...

London History: the young Queen Elizabeth II

June 17, 2013
Those royals are a hardy bunch! The Queen is celebrating her 60th year on the throne and Jubilee banners are everywhere. The first night I was home, I dreamed that I...

London Memory: Horses, carriages & fairy tales

June 14, 2013
How many big cities have crossing lights for horses?  I don't know of any except London, do you?  This is in the Hyde Park area and never failed to make me smile. It...

London Dispatch: Hare Krishna Festival of the Chariots

June 13, 2013
Our Sunday stroll was interrupted by a delightful sight: the Hare Krishna celebration of Rathayatra--a huge street festival. Its parade includes three huge wooden...

London Pictorial: Why I’d like to live in Mayfair

June 12, 2013
Because my windows could look like this. Because my flat could look like this....and... ...the leasehold could have approximately 963 years remaining. Approximately....

London Dispatch: a walk through a Georgian manor house

June 11, 2013
Apsley House is one of the most beautiful Georgian Houses in London, constructed between 1771 and 1778 as the home of the Duke of Wellington. In fact, it's still the...

London Dispatch: More treasures from the V&A

June 10, 2013
The sign said this is a portable harpsichord. My husband narrowed his eyes. "Portable has a different meaning when you have 250 servants," he observed.  True, dat. As...

London Dispatch: Scenes from the city

June 9, 2013
There's a generation alive today that has no idea what this is and will never use one. Nothing says England better than rugby. Except maybe cricket and the only thing...

London Dispatch: The King’s hunting grounds

June 9, 2013
Green Park on a beautiful spring day is an oasis of green in a city's city. No sign of its past as a famous dueling ground. I wonder if these stalwart old trees stood...

London Dispatch: Ladurée macarons

June 8, 2013
Ladurée macarons. Heaven in every color and flavor. For those who know, no explanation is needed.  For those who don't, no explanation is possible. Creamy....

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