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

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

October 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

It’s a small, small world

Imagine a summer holiday without mosquito bites. Imagine being able to ditch the smelly sprays and lotions, the bed nets and plug-in repellents. Imagine being able to sleep à la belle étoile, … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Amour and the app –in Saturday’s Telegraph

I try out the latest proximity dating app from Paris. Here I am with my co-tester James Innes at Barrio East on Shoreditch High Street at the start of my adventure (James is already … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The French haunts of East London with Daisy

Over the last few weeks, several of my friends have accused me of being brainwashed by the French women of Chelsea. You are stuck on page 64 of the A-Z, … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this the best croissant in London?

It’s not often that a ruggedly handsome man says bonjour from a Kensington café table just as you walk past at 9 o’clock in the morning but this is my … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 5 Comments

Let’s do lunch: Manet with Elizabeth Pink

It’s 11 o’clock on a Thursday morning and a slideshow of Paris is unravelling before my eyes: lamp-lit visions of Montmartre, beady-eyed Lotharios at the opera, bored barmaids at the … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Is this the best steak frites in London?

There is one steak restaurant in the capital that just about every French person gets misty-eyed about. It isn’t Argentine, British or American. There is no santa or pampa, no chop … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Why the French can’t get enough of H&M Home

I was disbelieving when Delphine, a Kensington mother who has her hair blow-dried twice a week and owns a pair of sage-green Chanel gumboots, told me that H&M, the Swedish clothing … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Parsons Green music school Boden mothers don’t know about

Fulham is synonymous with many things – Barbours, Alice bands, weekend barbecues at the White Horse –but what it isn’t known for is its music. Yet every Saturday, rain or shine, almost … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are our houses getting rather French?

A curious thing has been happening at Lots Road, the Chelsea salerooms famous for their brown furniture and romantic crumbling atmosphere. Handbags from brands like Hermès and Céline have started to … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment