Category Archives: London events

A week of scented hedonism

Its a packed olfactory and gustatory schedule in the coming week, I am gleefully excited at having tickets for the following: Sat 17th: TODAY I am at the Vintage Sessions at Les Senteurs, with purveyor of olfactory adventures, Ms Odette … Continue reading

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All Hallows Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their Hallowe’en; I was at the Barbican to see a play version of Nosferatu; slightly bizarre as it was subtitled and sometimes the subtitles lagged behind,  giving that Clint Eastwood ‘Spagetti Western’ effect, when the dubbing … Continue reading

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Halloween fun at Midnight Apothecary

A fun-filled evening at Brunel Museum on Saturday 27th October, the rain, wind and cold did not deter us! Lottie Muir, master gardener and drinks purveyor behind Midnight Apothecary, plied the cocktails: Hot Buttered Rum, Out of this Gourd + … Continue reading

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Secrets from the Walled Garden – beauty workshop bookings open

Hi there, I am running a morning workshop with Fulham Palace in November, its a beautiful place with a fascinating history and a secret oasis in the metropolis.  Join me for some ‘kitchen alchemy’, drawing inspiration from the Palace Gardens … Continue reading

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Shop, Read, Eat Chocolate

“Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.”  Baron Justus von Liebig A little retail therapy might just be in … Continue reading

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Beauty Secrets Workshop

Creating natural products inspired by the Renaissance beauties of the Stuart court.   Here is a belated write up of my morning workshop in August at Hampton Court Palace, as part of the events to run alongside their ‘The Wild, … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en event – a Feast for the Senses

POP-UP EVENT ALERT ! For me Autumn proper starts when the calendar hits October. Leaves are falling – red, russet, saffron and gold, the nights are drawing in earlier, the air has a woody, smoky ‘snap’ to it and my … Continue reading

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It’s Chocolate Week…

… cue 7 days of sin Any excuse to gorge on gourmand goodies  and since it is renowned  as ‘the food of the gods’ one would not want to risk heavenly retribution by denial or refusal – would one?! So … Continue reading

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Scent & Architecture: Evocative structures

Musings on the parallels between Perfume and Architecture An extract from Daniel Defoe‘s Journal of the Plague Year, 1722, is quoted in the book and he wrote: “If we came to go into a church when it was anything full … Continue reading

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Stench and the City

“.. there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women. ….The rivers stank, the marketplaces stank, the churches stank, it stank beneath the bridges and in the palaces.” Perfume-The Story of a Murderer (Patrick … Continue reading

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