What could be more British than the traditional gentlemen’s club? The earliest of these members’ only clubs were established in London’s West End with the idea of being a place where gentlemen of means could gather, socialise, eat, drink, smoke and gamble away from the concerns of politics and business… and womenfolk (who were ineligible for membership). London’s oldest club, White’s, was established in 1693 and remains one of the most exclusive in the world, counting Princes Charles and Prince William as members (but not the Queen as women are still ineligible for membership…!). These clubs probably reached the height of their popularity and influence in the late 19th century before social change started resulting in a decline in their numbers. Today there are probably only around 25 notable traditional gentlemen’s clubs left in London but there has been a rise in a modern interpretation of these establishments, where membership is a paid-for commodity rather than dictated by social status or academic affiliation and female members (and mobile phones!) are permitted. One such modern private members’ club is the Devonshire Club who, in a break with tradition, have opened their doors of their Brasserie to the public on Saturdays with the launch of Sushi in the City.
Its population is roughly the same as that of New Zealand. It holds the record for the country most castles per square mile in the world. The British royal family’s wedding rings are all made from gold mined here. The world’s highest mountain is named after somebody who was born here. Poet Dylan Thomas was […]Click here for a full portion
Who can tell me what the following words all have in common? smog liger bromance glamping pluot advertorial chocoholic Brangelina Anybody? Would it help if I said the clue was a French word portmanteau: a case or bag for carrying clothes that usually opens up into two equally sized compartments? The clue’s in the two… […]Click here for a full portion
Can there be any sport about which people hold stronger opinions than skiing? When you say “I’m going to play tennis” or “I’m just off to hockey practice”or “Hey, just back from a golfing holiday in Spain”, people tend to just say: Oh that’s nice, hope you have/had a good time”. But mention your ski […]Click here for a full portion
Time flies when you’re having fun – so the saying goes. But surely if you are having fun, you want time to slow down to a crawl? What a pity, then, that we can’t control the speed at which time passes… or can we? Neuroscientist David Eagleman’s theory is that time is all a matter of perception. What we […]Click here for a full portion
I have often jokingly said that the main reason why I took up skiing was that it provided me with a valid excuse to go shopping in the name of buying new gear every season (and skiing is a gear-heavy sport!). It may not be an entirely true version of events, but there is […]Click here for a full portion
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am an East End girl. When we arrived here in 2000, we stayed with a friend in Mudchute for a few weeks, fell in love with the east and soon rented a house in deepest E16. Nine years later, we bought a house… about 200m as […]Click here for a full portion