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Royal Academy of Arts London + Senate Room

Well Connected | Café Society A private tour of the soon-to-open new galleries and lecture theatre of the Royal Academy of Arts led by the Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith*. But first, morning coffee in The Academicians’ Room in … Continue reading

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Howth Harbour Dublin + Ireland’s Eye

The Beautiful Changes One word: entelechy. Howth couture: rocking new threads.

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Sir John Soane’s Museum + Emily Allchurch

Collage of the Titans After organising a hugely successful and academically driven Irish Georgian Society London work-in-progress tour of Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soane’s country home (due to reopen to the public next year), an invitation to breakfast at his … Continue reading

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Benburb Manor + Benburb Priory Tyrone

Macha’s Twins Benburb Manor in County Tyrone – red brick, chamfered bay windows, high gables – is like a suburban Belfast villa on steroids. It was built in 1887 to the design of the prolific architect William Henry Lynn when … Continue reading

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Glenarm Castle Walled Garden + Catherine FitzGerald

Lawns in Bawns “Kings, princes, and the wisest men of all ages, have some or other of them, taken singular delight in this exercise of planting, setting, sowing, and what else that is requisite in the well ordering of orchards … Continue reading

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Benburb Castle + Wingfield’s Castle Tyrone

Fort Knocks Interventionist or repro? Previous generations had so such qualms. A Georgian house unabashedly cheek by jowl with a towerhouse, that most Irish of scenes. Transoms clash with sashes; battlements upstage parapets. Benburb Castle (sometimes called Wingfield’s Castle) does … Continue reading

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Leonie Frieda + Louboutin

Red or Read “I always wear one primary colour,” quips the Swedish born Belgravia based former model Leonie Frieda. She’s dressed head to toe in black. Now a highly acclaimed writer, Ms Frieda is celebrating her hot off the press … Continue reading

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The Church of Our Lady Warnford + King John’s House

Novel Arrangement Somewhere between the heights of Wheely Down and Beack Hill, hiding in the low lying parishes, lies Warnford Park. And somewhere between the contemporary mansion and the medieval ruins lies The Church of Our Lady. The diversion of … Continue reading

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The Summer House Hampshire + Capability Brown

Weekending One man’s folly is another man’s fort. It’s something of a Tardis, a Marino Casino for the South Downs. The Summer House is really a compact three storey villa disguised as a gothic folly. A delightful conceit. The garden … Continue reading

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The Franklin Hotel Knightsbridge + Anouska Hempel

Franklin Minted To be frank, it wasn’t the hardest decision in the world to while away a wintry Saturday afternoon, yes, the perfected world of a Saturday afternoon, wistfully tucked up in a swanky five star Knightsbridge hotel. Add Anouska … Continue reading

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