Who stole my croissant

Style secrets of the French by Casilda Grigg

When in London

Here’s an idea for Londoners suffering from the winter blues. Why not go and see the Monet to Matisse exhibition of garden paintings at the Royal Academy? Sounds tedious and … Continue reading

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My latest French discovery

The other day I was strolling through South Ken with Mr Wrong, en route to Peter Jones to return a dodgy plug, when I chanced upon this cupboard-cum-perfume shop next door … Continue reading

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A chance for Londoners to make a bit of money?

Last night I met a Frenchman. He’s called Philippe Derville. He has a special machine for cutting paper thin charcuterie, a charming wife called Valérie and an exciting business that hails straight from … Continue reading

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Is Spa Terminus the new Borough Market?

An Italian diplomat called Andrea tipped me off about this new food market underneath the railway arches in Bermondsey, south-east London. I met Andrea at a book launch and he told … Continue reading

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The French view on 1. husbands 2. lingerie

There was a great deal of brouhaha on Twitter over my interview in last week’s Sunday Telegraph of Davina McCall, the warm and funny one-time presenter of Big Brother. La … Continue reading

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A slice of heaven in Hammersmith

Mon dieu, I can hardly believe it! On an uninspiring stretch of King Street in Hammersmith, west London, opposite a gloomy Methodist church, a proper French pâtisserie has just opened. It’s … Continue reading

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Where cool French boys buy their blazers

I happened to stumble on this men’s shop when I was walking around the 6th arrondissement in Paris. I stood outside it gazing longingly at the window. I let out … Continue reading

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Snowdrops at the Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden is having a snowdrop moment. Today I walked up and down the paths admiring the snowdrops, listening to the birdsong and the rumbling of Chelsea traffic, and feeling … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Is this the best cheese shop in London?

My friend Alice is in love with a Frenchman who runs a Portobello Road cheese stall. ‘I’m very worried,’ she says, ‘that whenever I buy cheese from him in my … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daisy loves: Niki de Saint Phalle

In search of the French capital’s hottest ticket, Whostolemycroissant despatched Hackney hipster and queen of Anglo-French style Daisy Evans to Paris via Megabus. She lived to tell the tale and came back … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

A French bookshop in Piccadilly that’s strictly for oligarchs

This is no ordinary book store. The launch party featured Krug champagne, pata negra ham and a sprinkling of celebs. Anne Hathaway, the American actress, was there, as was Kylie Minogue, Hugh … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Saturday’s Telegraph (Weekend)

I find out what Sylvie Guillem, the ballet dancer, gets up to at the weekend. What does she do on her rare days off? What kind of novels does she read? … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where the beautiful people dine in Paris

Is it the fabled Tour d’Argent where langoustines are served with kumquat purée? Is it Alain Senderens’s famous restaurant on Place de la Madeleine where roast duck comes with black figs … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A dash of 1920s Paris

A Dutch friend who’s almost Parisian – she spent years living there and speaks French like a native – told me I just had to visit the rue Mouffetard in the … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Is this the world’s most expensive nail polish?

Possibly. It’s made by Christian Louboutin, the French shoe designer famous for his fire engine red soles, it’s sold at Selfridges and it costs a staggering £36 a bottle, darling. You can … Continue reading

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