The Black Penny, Covent Garden & A Day of Caravaggio

It’s been quite an arty week: Modigliani on Tuesday, a second visit to Cezanne at the National Portrait Gallery with my friend Annette on Friday, and today a whole day’s course on the exciting and fabulous late 16th-early 17th century artist, Michelangelo Merisi, otherwise known as Caravaggio. I think I may have become a fan […]

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Supper at Capricci & Modigliani at Tate Modern

I do love it when I can combine two of my greatest passions: food and art. There are a number of posts on this blog where I’ve gone to an art gallery and followed it up with a great meal. This evening’s venture along London’s Southbank to Tate Modern didn’t offer a promising prospect for […]

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A Morning in London: Coffee at Grind & Soutine’s Portraits at the Courtauld Gallery

With the sun shining brightly on an autumnal November morning, I decided to head into central London to see Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys, an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House. How could a food and travel blogger resist an exhibition with this name? It seemed perfect and it’s been on my […]

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Nordic Bakery, Covent Garden

I’ve read a lot of good things about Nordic Bakery and a few weeks ago I passed their newest (4th) branch in London in Neal Street, Covent Garden. I made a mental note to go back some time and today was the perfect opportunity. I’m doing a series of art history courses at the National […]

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Restaurant Review: Rosetta, Covent Garden

It was an Italian-themed afternoon and evening. I was meeting my friend Annette at the National Gallery to see their new major exhibition – Michelangelo & Sebastiano, which explores the friendship and later rivalry of the two artists. Annette isn’t Italian but we did meet through the London Italian Language Meetup Group. I’d like to […]

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Review: Portrait Restaurant

Back in August, I booked a ticket for a curator’s lecture on the current major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery: Giacometti Pure Presence. I started going quite regularly to the Portrait Gallery a couple of years ago and ended up buying a Friends’ season ticket because it made sense to do so. I love […]

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A Day in London: Art, Lunch at Comptoir Libanais & Snowflake Gelato

I’m having a midweek ‘weekend’. I worked over the weekend, got two jobs in the post yesterday, expect more work at the end of the week, but was free to indulge a passion for art and food today by heading into central London this morning. I’m a Friend of Tate and with two big exhibitions […]

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A Taste of Greece in Bloomsbury, London

I’ve been looking forward to the British Museum’s Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art exhibition since first reading about it some months ago. It was watching Alastair Sooke’s brilliant Treasures of Ancient Greece on BBC4 last night that reminded me that the exhibition must have opened. With another of my ‘days off between […]

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Restaurant Review: Brasserie Zedel

I’ve noticed the Observer‘s Jay Rayner praise Brasserie Zedel a few times. From Mr Rayner, this means a lot. So I’ve been thinking I must try it and then a few weeks ago passed it by chance and duly noted its location, promising myself to return soon. Having decided to take another of my midweek ‘holidays’ in-between […]

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Maltby St Market, White Cube Gallery & Almeida Restaurant

It was some time ago that my friend Elsa got us tickets to see the much-acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre in Islington. When she suggested meeting a bit earlier to make more of a day of it, I was happy to go with her plans and thus I met her […]

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