London Sewing Machine Museum’s surroundings are decidedly 2016. This tiny museum sits in the top levels of a warehouse, opposite a Lidl and within a stone’s throw from Tooting Bec station. But step inside and you’ll enter a different world of class, vintage domesticity, 600 machines and one family’s eccentric history. The machines in the huge collection are fascinating, but what’s most interesting to me…

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What does one do when faced with the hottest day of the year (so far) and a whole week as a lady of leisure before starting a new job? Why, visit one of the coolest historic houses in London, of course. And that’s exactly what I did when I visited Chiswick House and Gardens for the first time. And when I say ‘coolest’, I’m not…

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