Royal Residences of Queen Victoria

To me Queen Victoria has always been a fascinating monarch than her successors or predecessors barring Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. I have read her narrative quite voraciously and the one thing that struck home to me was young Victoria all of 18 years was a creative soul trapped in the armour of a monarch.…

Victorian Fashion – Accessorising

As we celebrate the glorious Victorian Era by reminiscing the culture and lifestyle through our editorial, we go further into the fashion trends of the times. In our previous post we surveyed the tea gowns and their relevance in the society virgin to the customs of afternoon tea and snacks. Today we take a look…

Victorian Fashion – Tea Gowns

The second longest reigning monarch of England - Queen Victoria, marks her 197th birthday on 24 May 2016. Nearly 200 years old, the Victorian Era stays etched on our minds and mimicked in our manners to this day. Etiquettes and fashion are synonymous to the era and were known to breed fastidious quality among its…

Birthday Celebration Fit For The Queen

A living embodiment of Britain’s modern history and the longest ruling monarch - Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II completes nine decades of her life on April 21, 2016. Being the most influential person in the world, Queen Elizabeth II has witnessed some of the most horrific and proud moments of the century. Last fall…

Taverns & Pubs in Shakespeare’s England

To Feast or Not To Feast that is the question. Or is it really when it comes to celebrating the world’s greatest playwright? From his early comedies and histories to his Sonnets and popular tragedies, the “Matchless Bard” has enthralled the literary civilisation for over four centuries. Ben Johnson has most precisely described him as,…

A Day with Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Comfortably cocooned in obscurity the little market town of Stratford in the Avon valley had very little to celebrate during the Tudor age. By the time Regency era dawned on England this town in Warwickshire county, was catching the attention of literary class and thespians. Oblivious to the fact that it will offer modern Britain's…

Revisiting Regency at Francis Hotel, Bath

Quotes about Bath from the virtuous yet nonconforming novels by Jane Austen are leaping out of my mind as I stand outside the Pump Rooms unaware of how enamoured I am of this city. It is beyond my understanding, as to why Jane Austen wasn't quite fond of this harmless, honey-toned town. As recommended by…

Review: Afternoon Tea at Number Sixteen London

Every time I either read, write about or experience an English afternoon tea my mind wanders into the Jane Austen novels. Perhaps it stems from my childhood when I would be utterly besotted by a fairytale-like home with a beautifully crafted tea set and savouries perfectly laid on the table. Even today I am unabashedly an Afternoon Tea fanatic and truly…

Review: A slice of Milan in London – Baglioni Hotel London

Unforgettable. Indelible. Comforting. How does one go about describing a feeling that makes you so loved and cared by people outside your closed circle of family and friends? I pondered a lot on this and settled for these words that come close but don’t take shape of my experience at this hotel in London. For an…