Tyne O’Connell St James Hotel and Club with CNN Style filming Eccentrics – In this glamorous grand red brick hotel tucked behind the Ritz Hotel, my father once drank Martinis with Ian Fleming when Ian Fleming lived here typing his 007 James Bond mysteries. Back then it was a block of flats – now it is the reassuringly discreet and chic St James Hotel and Club with London’s best gin bar a mixture of comfort and splendour, where I once lost a 5ct diamond in a scene of such hilarity and terror it really should be featured in one of my books. read more
I took time out of filming with CNN Style on Eccentrics today to share a moment with my favourite swan Willomena who shares my love of Chaumet and diamonds. She took time to apprise herself of my diamonds over several minutes before making the bold attempt of nipping the diamond out of its Chaumet Tiara setting with the accuracy of a Hatton Garden jewel thief of old. read more
I stumbled across the Wolseley by accident when it had only just opened in 2003. I ordered the steak tartare, and I’ve eaten it pretty much every single day since. People find it extraordinary that I eat the same meal every day, but I don’t have the kind of palate that yearns for change.
I normally eat only one meal a day, usually around 7 pm. I never cook for myself – I don’t have a kitchen at home, just a mini-bar-sized refrigerator. They serve what I like to call nursery food. My mother used to feed me raw fillet mince when I was in my high chair, so for me, steak tartare is nursery food. read more
Upon the Restoration of King CharlesII when London was really swinging our national identity was formed by 5 Extraordinary, Glamorous, witty, Subversive women of vision who created a shopping Mecca of glass fronted arcades & residential mansions on garden squares; where drawing rooms teamed with eccentrics, sipping on tea & champagne discussing subversive ideas, Art & fashion putting Mayfair on the map as the birthplace of the British Enlightenment in 1667. read more
I’m out of hospital; rattling with pills, my veins ruined from ineptly inserted catheters. I snuck out as all the medics can do now is “monitor” me and my iPhone can do that.
I’m an infamous runaway-patient and expertly remove catheters as other mothers remove splinters.
My family have been conspiring in my hospital escapes since I first gave birth to my daughter in the bath, assuring all I wasn’t in labour at all. I just needed a “nice little soak.” read more
Women outnumbered men in London in the 1660’s and with the new laws permitting them to act on stage, and take up a professions such as literature philosophy, architecture and spying it was declared The Age Of Women.
Those most keen to take up their new opportunities flocked to the area of Mayfair and St James’s where King Charles II’s court was situated. The area of Mayfair and St James’s itself was designed and built by the first woman architect Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham and it is no coincidence that most of the streets and buildings of Mayfair and St James’s are named after women – famous Dandizettes of the Restoration. read more
Countess Augusta “Ada” Lovelace, nee Byron was the only child of the marriage between the poet Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke, a lady of great mathematical ability whom Byron called his Princess of Parallelograms.
Ada was Lord Byron’s the only legitimate child, is one of the most celebrated Dandizette’s of the Victorian period. Describing herself as a “Poetical Scientist” in deference to her father she is credited with being the first computer programmer and the Prophet of the Computer Age. Her algorithm for Babbage’s Analytical Engine is recognised as the world’s first computer program. Babbage called her “The Enchantress of Numbers.” read more
Resolution: My dedication to Salon Life shall remain as unshakable as a Papal Bull when it comes to my writing. My body may ail, but the Inky Scribe within is as lively as a Spaniel on the grouse moors of August.
Confined to an invalid’s bed – Living the life vicarious of the Ailing Inky Scribe, requires the discipline of Sis. Concilio, the patience of Our Lady, the humour of that jewel of the Restoration; Aphra Behn, the mind of Mde De Staël, the imagination of Cristine De Pizan, the memory of Proust & the bed of George Sand or perhaps CoCo Chanel? read more