Luxury and Style


London museums and libraries exist in abundance because London is such a historical city, going back to the time of the Roman occupation. It therefore stands to reason that it would have to house its enormous wealth of artefacts and collections that are of great interest to people from all walks of life. Hence London has one of the largest numbers of museums and specialist libraries in the civilised world. Visitors to London should in particular go to the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, the London Transport read more > >

Let’s get one thing straight: having money, even lots of it, doesn’t automatically give a person style. Conversely, it must be said, neither does a lack of money preclude anyone from possessing style. Like sex appeal, style is indefinable; someone either has it or they don’t. Unlike sex appeal however (which is more in the nature of a birthright), style can be acquired. People all too readily fall into the trap of assuming that having the right house, car and clothes automatically endows them with style. Sadly, this is rarely read more > >

London theatres have existed down the centuries and the West End in particular is known as “Theatreland,” mainly because of the existence of over 40 theatres.  Some of the most famous London theatres are the Savoy Theatre, the London Palladium, the London Apollo Theatre,  the National Theatre, the Palace Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, the Barbican, the Adelphi Theatre, the Lyric and the  Piccadilly Theatre. London theatres are an intrinsic part of the city’s culture and are likely to remain so for many years to come, despite other changes that may read more > >

Many people find they are dismayed at the prospect of meeting or contacting Royalty or titled people – mainly, because they are totally racked with the uncertainty of how to address them correctly either face-to-face or by letter. It is of course only human to wish to avoid an embarrassing faux pas but it is also important to realise that the rules are relatively simple and any social gaffes that are inadvertently made are nearly always overlooked or brushed aside with good grace. Titles, especially in the hereditary peerage, are read more > >

If you are a lover of London fine music and classical dance – you are utterly spoilt for choice. London offers a real cultural pendulum that swings from a plethora of musical recitals and festivals to the overwhelming spectacle of classical ballets or a first night at the opera. Perhaps one of the most well-loved and world renowned performances in Britain is the annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ held in September at the Albert Hall under the watchful eye of a flamboyant conductor. The last night is more than read more > >

London is often referred to as the cultural centre of the world. It is undoubtedly a fine art lover’s paradise which abounds with public and very fine commercial galleries, as well as historic buildings stuffed with antique treasures and splendid architecture. In short there is something to please everyone, on every day of the week; and it is all very accessible. London art galleries appeal to numerous art lovers attract visitors from all over the world and some of the most famous are the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the read more > >

Before we embark on this fascinating, if rapidly declining, side of British culture, it is good to iron out one or two misunderstandings. The upper-classes are not really cold, nor are they supercilious; they just seem that way at times to those outside their elite circles; the truth is that they are more comfortable mixing with their peers. It is simply that the British nobility, with their agrarian roots, are on the whole very private individuals who relish their own space. Unlike some of the more contentious, hot-blooded nations, old-money read more > >

Several times a year a few privileged people will receive a very special sealed envelope containing either an invitation to a garden party at Buckingham Palace or, even better, a Royal Command to attend an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. This latter comes in the form of an invitation from an office called ‘Central Chancery of the Order of Knighthood’. The envelope also contains a letter informing the recipient that he or she is entitled to bring two guests, who can be friends or family, a form that must be read more > >

English style and etiquette, including innate good manners,  have always been a part of our heritage. No matter what the circumstances, throughout history – even in such dark days as the English Civil War, two world wars and the Great Depression, the British upper-classes (and indeed many commoners) were always noted for their innate sense of style and excellent manners. Perhaps it’s because they recognised that style and correct etiquette are in fact a subtle form of self-discipline that hold society together, especially in difficult times. Beautiful manners help oil read more > >