The Claridge’s Christmas Tree

  There are Christmas trees, then there are Christmas trees … For the ultimate in festive finery, put your best foot forward and head for Claridge’s, Mayfair to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season for no other than shoe maestro Christian Louboutin will be designing the property’s 10th anniversary Christmas tree, to be unveiled…

The history of the Google Doodle

Celebrating John Lennon’s 70th Birthday Each morning as I sip my first cup of tea, my hand strays over to my laptop to see if there’s a Google Doodle there. I love these little snippets of information, alerting me to many events and people in history that I know about, but more interestingly, about those that…

When Churchill met Roosevelt

Have you ever wandered down London’s Bond Street and noticed the (as I call it) “When Churchill met Roosevelt” statue – the two elder statesmen sitting on a bench with a space for us in-between – wondering what it’s all about? All became clear for me on this vexed question when I sadly read the…

A Memory of Zaha Hadid

I read with great sadness about the unexpected death last year of the formidable architect, Dame Zaha Hadid. It’s as if I’ve only just begun to appreciate her style and enjoy her unmistakable design and now she’s gone. Her’s was a unique and innovative architectural talent – and I for one will miss her. I’ve visited two…

A Walk through David Hockney’s life

I will first of all put my hands up and say that I am a bit of a fan of David Hockney – I like his ideas, his work and well, I quite like the sound of him too. So it may come as no surprise to hear that I made my way to the…

Paris’ Pompidou Centre – 40 years on

“…it is the most stunning new ‘go-to’ to be seen in any city.” Architectural Review, May 1977 Forty years ago, the style and construction of Paris’ Pompidou Centre marked a revolutionary change in the design of public buildings. Loved and loathed in equal numbers by the public and the established order, it’s hard now to…

The art of drawing revealed

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. Salvador Dali This upcoming exhibition from London’s National Portrait Gallery, The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt – immediately caught my eye.  As an evergreen art student, this took me right back to my Fine Art…

The Pennington Penny

Having worked in PR and marketing for all of my working life, it is rare indeed to discover something that is genuinely new about a hotel, something which even the tourism authorities would not have known about. So imagine my excitement about working on an opening project with the sales team of the newly rebadged…

Big Ben falls silent …

The most famous peal of bells in the world is falling silent this year. That unique sound, created by a cracked bell called Big Ben will go mute whilst much needed restoration takes place. Work is scheduled to take place on The Great Clock within the Queen Elizabeth Tower early this year – part of a…

Anthony Trollope and the post box

Posting a letter the other day, I found myself pondering the concept of the pillar or post box and wondering about its origins. I love a good functional design and the pillar box is perfect for its job – safe, secure, easy to post and to retrieve mail, able to withstand the elements – a design…