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Melanie McDonagh


Picasso Ingres: Face to Face, National Gallery - two masterpieces

Great artists don’t borrow, they steal, brazenly

Jun 1, 2022

Fragrance fit for the queen: top royal perfumers

Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee, Melanie McDonagh sniffs out the chief purveyors of fragrance to the royal households

May 31, 2022

Best plants for pots to suit your outdoor space

Planting inspiration no matter the size of your garden

May 31, 2022

Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen at the Courtauld Gallery review

In just 18 pictures this show charts the development of Munch from aspiring Impressionist to creator of one of the world’s most famous paintings

May 26, 2022

Gold at the British Library: gorgeous, glittering and illuminating

This fascinating and dazzling exhibition of texts embellished with gold shows how the precious metal speaks the same language across continents

May 24, 2022

Nicky Clarke — a stylist who could outshine his celebrity clients

After 30 years and a glittering VIP list featuring everyone from Princess Diana to Naomi Campbell, the hairdresser has shuttered up his Mayfair salon for good. Melanie McDonagh celebrates the London legend

Apr 27, 2022

Walter Sickert review: This is a wonderful show, full of drama

This marvellously comprehensive exhibition documents the evolution of Sickert as an artist

Apr 26, 2022

Wellington: Women and Friendship review: Worth a visit to Apsley House

This small but intriguing exhibition suggests that the Duke of Wellington set a great deal of store by women as friends

Apr 25, 2022
Food & Drink

Best coffee brands

Elevate your morning cuppa

Apr 21, 2022

Best gifts for gardeners: Tools, gadgets and more

The failsafe present ideas for your green-fingered friend

Apr 20, 2022

Japan: Courts & Culture at the Queen’s Gallery: glittering gifts

This show of royal gifts from Japan to successive English monarchs has much to enjoy - but a bigger exhibition is surely overdue

Apr 7, 2022

Canaletto’s Venice Revisited in Greenwich: postcards of a city at risk

A marvellous collection of works by the artist form the centrepiece of this show that looks at Venice then and now

Apr 5, 2022
The Escapist

Your complete new season beauty MOT

Need to get your glow back — fast? From the trending spring hair shades to the facialists to deep clean your skin, Rosie Fitzmaurice has your guide

Apr 5, 2022