Recent Work

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 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. 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 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

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