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Hummingbird Throated Shirts Plus Jean Barthet Saucer Hats Lady Cybil Grant, 1879 to 1955, was the daughter of the 5th Earl of Roseberry. She was a voracious writer and determined designer of ceramics. In later life, she spent much of … Continue reading
Knots Landing In a fleeting moment between The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni we find ourselves in Glyndebourne country.
Everybody’s Changing Someone should write a song about this place.
A Night on the Tiles All dressed up and somewhere to go. Sometimes, all a girl wants to do is party.
Necropolis in the Megalopolis It’s a sculpture park in a wild garden. What’s not to love? St Mary’s Cemetery in Battersea may run parallel with the busy shopping street of Northcote Road but it’s an elevated world away, a … Continue reading
Hinterland Sound The fashion pictures. Urban chic in the country. Military cool in the city. Mary Martin wears versatility on her sleeve. “It was all very grand and very mad,” Nancy Mitford once purred.
The City Four Square Kennington has some of the best Georgian architecture in London. And some of the best neo Georgian. Take the Duchy of Cornwall’s estate in Kennington. In 1911, architect Stanley Adshead was commissioned to design this residential … Continue reading
Absolutely Fabulous Of course it’s sheer Joanne Lumley actress territory. Completely the ‘hood of the real Patsy Stone. Lesser known south of the Thames. Swap a consonant in Kensington and you get real London. Welcome to Kennington. The Park. Prince … Continue reading
Valley of Dashes One valley, two villages. Meon. Like The Great Gatsby, there’s an East and a West. Let’s go waste the most poignant moments of the night and life and capture on celluloid one of the villages in the … Continue reading
Model Behaviour Lavender’s Blue caught up with the inimitably monocled magnificently manicured Carmen dell’Orefice when she recently stayed in a Diane von Furstenberg designed hotel suite (where else?) in London. She was fresh – very fresh indeed – off the … Continue reading
Baroque and Roll You know you really have achieved celebrity status as an architect if you are still a household name three centuries after your death. Or your surname is adopted for a revival of your architectural style a … Continue reading
Suite Success Over the course of multiple visits – breakfasts and brunches, dates and dinners, walks and weekends – Lavender’s Blue cover and discover and rediscover London’s best Eighties development. Back in the day, Astrid Bray was Director of Sales … Continue reading
Astragaled Waterloo sunrise. Shades of Revlon.
Polyphonic High Notes A plane crossing the cobalt blue sky – spring is truly here – is a rare occurrence. A daily event at most. There are more joggers on the roads than cars. We go for a walk (self … Continue reading
It’s Enough to Get the Dopaminergic Neurons of Your Ventral Tegmental Area Stimulated Into Overdrive A little over 22 years since the quadruple page spread was published in Ulster Architect (for decades Ireland’s leading architectural magazine published and edited by … Continue reading