I write features for magazines, newspapers and online publications as well as copywriting and books. I try to keep a tab of it all here...
By Sandra Lawrence, Feb 13 2016 10:00AM
My column in British Heritage this month looks at all things Wellingtonian, from Apsley House and the Wellington Arch to the Grenadier pub. I also move out east to Hall Place, and south to 575 Wandsworth Road.
By Sandra Lawrence, Feb 3 2016 03:05PM
Grr! Be scared, be very scared! Or not, as you discover London's least scary Royal Beasts. Planted in 1953 to celebrate the coronation, these once-fearsome heraldic hedges have succumbed to middle-aged spread and now giggle and cuddle their way into visitors' hearts at Hall Place, Bexleyheath.
By Sandra Lawrence, Feb 3 2016 02:57PM
It's maslin pans and wooden spoons at dawn, as the world of preserving gears up for its annual grand prix. I'm entering the homemade category myself in the Marmalade McNab category - marmalade with something curious added, for fish, fur or fowl.
I've covered it in this week's Sunday Telegraph, along with a recipe and top tips for fantastic marmalades...
By Sandra Lawrence, Jan 27 2016 11:46PM
At last - after years of threatening, I have begun a new London Blog. Londonalia.com will cover shows, exhibitions, events, art, restaurants and secret London.
By Sandra Lawrence, Jan 27 2016 11:43PM
Incredibly, there is a secret laboratory under the Monument, accessible only through a tiny hatch under the stairs, where Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren set up a zenith telescope. I managed to get access to it for Londonist. I also donned a harness and clambered up inside the urn at the top, for a birds' eye view of the capital in the early morning sun.
By Sandra Lawrence, Jan 22 2016 12:33PM
Peggy Hawkes was one amazing woman. Proprietress of Pegga Stores in Blackheath, Tap dancer, munitions worker and seer-off of knife-wielding thugs with the aid of cuddly toys, she was confidante and friends of hundreds of regular customers for 45 years. She sadly passed away last month, one month shy of her 90th birthday.
The shop hasn't changed since the 1960s, and as a tribute to her, I've written a piece about this remarkable lady and her shop for Londonist today.
By Sandra Lawrence, Jan 7 2016 10:13AM
He's like Santa Claus isn't he? One day a year having the door slammed in his face, feet up for the rest of the year?
I went to Parliament to meet David Leakey, AKA Black Rod for Londonist, out today...
By Sandra Lawrence, Jan 5 2016 09:00AM
Just one of the odd questions I'm answering in this month's History Revealed. For the record beards aren't actually very traditional, they only became permissable in the 19th Century, when Queen Victoria, who liked beards but hated moustaches approved a rather strange look of hairy chin, smooth top lip.
I also talk about witch pricking and the play Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was shot...
By Sandra Lawrence, Jan 4 2016 11:39AM
Most people think of some fat old bloke in a jumpsuit, but for the first 40 or so years of his life Elvis was one hell of a good looking hepster. I discuss his devastatingly hot looks and innate sense of style in this month's edition of The Chap
By Sandra Lawrence, Dec 28 2015 11:00AM
My January Around Town column is published today. The glories of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the joys of the Lumiere London project, the lost library of John Dee and the Georgian Dining Academy are among the delights to be enjoyed in January 2016...