De Nittis’s foggy Westminster

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists between 1870 and 1904. The remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed.

This exhibition will provide an unparalleled opportunity to view one of the most extraordinary masterpiece by Giuseppe De Nittis still in a private collection: Westminster (1878). Painted more than twenty years before Monet’s Houses of Paliament series, the red haze of the sky and river mingles with the smoke of Thames workers standing on the bridge in the foreground perfeclty ceonveys a palpably stifling atmosphere.

De Nittis, who spent much of his life in France, was able to represent a wide range of weather conditions, allowing him to paint London fogs – as in this painting – and Italian sunshine with equal success. Go and stare at an absolute beauty rarely put on public display.

 

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-impressionists-london

Your Private #MidaMilk

I love #gold since I was a baby…. and in the heart of Notting Hill there is an artist which makes always my own “Golden milk”. Not of gold, just a combination and juiced turmeric root which is rightfully considered to be a superfood.

GoldenMilk2As mostly known as a curry ingredient, turmeric is the latest health-food trend (thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop) from Ayurvedic medicine – a holistic, a natural approach to health practised in India.

 

Nama, in Talbot Road, is a fantastic spot to try raw food and golden milk for the first time, exactly what I need in this cold and rainy February.

https://namafoods.com

A good Negroni in a dismessed public convenience…

Enjoy your Negronis in an old Victorian toilet!! No, I am not made!!

Descend the iron railing clad stairwell inside an elegant 1930’s style cocktail bar. The Bermondsey Arts Club & Cocktail Bar is famous for bespoken cocktails with seasonal ingredients from local markets.

From a dismissed public convenience to an ultra contemporary, chic and ultimately unique bar with brass panelings, amber glass features and a marble-clad bar and table tops.

http://bermondseyartsclub.co.uk

 

Bright your day with Winnie the Pooh

In the collections of the V&A, among ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture and sculpture, you can find Shepard’s original drawings of Winnie the Pooh, the most adored fiction character of all time.

No doubt these delicate drawings  deserve to be on display in a museum: in 2014 one of the most famous images of Winnie the Pooh was sold for £314,500 at Sotheby’s, three times its estimate! 

 

English author A.A. Milne (who passed away on 31st January 1956) named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin

Visit the unmissable exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The dearest chubby bear of very little brain can really bright your day!

https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/winnie-the-pooh-exploring-a-classic

Can’t help loving Le Marche

I am always very jealous of my top five restaurants in London but I can’t help sharing this special place with you. Some years ago, I spent a beautiful vacation in one of Italy’s hidden gem, Le Marche region… and it was love at first sight!

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Imagine beautiful landscapes, sloped hill medieval towns, Crivelli’s altarpieces timidly hold back in small churches and a deeply traditional food – blessed with bounty from the mountains, farmland and sea. Needless to say, my hair was wonderful.

Happily, you can taste a piece of Le Marche in London too, at Rossodisera restaurant.

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Handily located near Covent Garden’s theatreland, Rossodisera restaurant is done up like a typical Italian country house (the wall are tiled with ancient red bricks directly from Le Marche). With traditional products sourced from small producers in Le Marche. You can try olive all’ascolana here, along with prosciutto, fettuccine with goose sauce, roast lamb with garlic and rosemary served with artichoke casserole, and oven-roasted stuffed rabbit.

There’s a great selection of drinks too, including Varnelli Anice Secco, a special liquor, ideal to have your Caffè Corretto!

There is place in London where Le Marche really shines…

An extraordinary collection of antiquities

Sir John Soane’s advice was not to visit his extraordinary collection of antiquities in case of bad weather, because clouds, fog and the grey light of the city would have spoiled all the exquisite hues and magical effects of mirrors, stained glasses and colour patterns within his house.

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The house at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in fact offered no possibility to allow light into the internal spaces through a conventional window. These restrictions saw Soane design a series of roof lanterns – known as lumiére mystérieuse – that provided him with the possibility of letting luminescence through a space along a flank wall, reflecting it into the interior, and illuminating objects on display in a dramatic way: he wanted to recreate the souther Italian light!

The distinguished British architect John Soane (1753-1837) has transformed and influenced the way we look at and experience spaces through the modulation of light and views.

 

Our suggestion? No matter the weather, go and experience a real emotional challenge!

A garden of pleasure…

Housed in the ancient church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, the oldest structure in the London Borough of Lambeth, there is the Museum of Garden History to celebrate British gardens and gardening.

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Thankfully to Rosemary Nicholson who was the driving force behind the salvation of this hidden gem we can still admire both the church and its treasuries. Shocked to discover the church in readiness for demolition, she established the Tradescant Trust to rescue and repair the church converted into the world’s first Museum of Garden History. 

In the churchyard of St Mary’s, there is still the magnificent tomb of both John Tradescant the Elder and his son the younger, naturalists, collectors, travelers and gardeners of many English royal family members (such as Henrietta Maria “the rose and lily queen” of Charles I).

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A garden of pleasure for you…

A Kate Middleton “Royal 29” please!!

I spent my Friday evening in bed with my favorite TV series, Downtown Abbey of course, and Lady Mary and Lady Edith suggested me to have lunch at Rules today.

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In Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, Rules was opened in 1789 by Thomas Rules and began as an oyster bar, it immediately earned an instant and starting success, praised by all writers of the time. Over the years the great and good of British society have entertained here – from Royal family and politicians to stars of stage and screen.

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The atmosphere you can feel at Rules is magic… you feel at once in both countryside and city, a perfect combination of ultimately nostalgic comfort food tasting and downright luxurious service. It’s always a unique experience.

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You will choose a great variety of dishes, any of which is sure to make you feel at home (at Downtown Abbey… maybe). But this isn’t simply home cooking… I love to start with Fines de Claires oysters and follow with a tasty and season pie or pud.

And don’t forget… Rules is indeed a good place to have your drink… a Kate Middleton “Royal 29” maybe.

https://www.rules.co.uk

Thai food… Healty hair

Not only is Thai food delicious, but it is also really healthy!

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Low in fat, gluten-free and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, it is the perfect food to boost your immune system, aid weight loss and give your energy.

Patara, Maddox Street, with its chic décor and fragrant green curries, is the ideal place for your spicy meal. Eating plenty of iron and lean protein is pertinent to hair growth and maintaining strong, healthy locks. What’s more? Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron, so eating Thai food will double the pleasure!

Street-haunting: A London Adventure

It’s my day off today and to escape is the greatest of my pleasures; street haunting in winter the greatest of adventures! Have you ever walked along a street and imagined the lives of the strangers that you pass? 

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Lose yourself following the “Mrs Dalloway’s walk” and spend your day in street-haunting.

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This was Virginia Woolf favourite sport! To walk alone in London is the greatest rest, dipping in and out of people’s minds as they move through the city’s crowded streets.

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Let’s followed her advice, on the day of her birthday… .