I popped into Proud Chelsea last week to take a look at their latest exhibition: Marilyn: Intimate Exposures Photographs by Bruno Bernard.

On the walls I discovered photos I had never seen before and being a huge Marilyn Monroe fan, this felt very exciting. My favourite photograph was of Marilyn as a young woman still with her red hair, crouching down as she bandaged a dog’s injured paw. This image pretty much summed up the exhibition for me. It displayed the human nature beyond the glamour of this Hollywood star.

In every photograph Marilyn Monroe looks impeccable. Yet, the photos also allow us a chance to feel like we are getting to know her all over again. This is a beautiful exhibition and as it proves, 50 years after Marilyn Monroe’s death, true beauty never fades.

Marilyn Monroe, Circa 1952, classic Pin-up photo © Bruno Bernard / courtesy of ‘Marilyn: Intimate Exposures’ by Susan Bernard

Marilyn: Intimate Exposures Photographs by Bruno Bernard, Proud Chelsea, 1st August – 9th September 2012,

Do you know about the lion called Christian that grew up on the King’s Road, after two Australian men bought him from Harrods in 1969?

The story of Christian has touched the hearts of millions around the world, thanks to YouTube – and it  is summarised in this video clip below:

The reason for this post is that I popped into the Chelsea Library this morning and was surprised to see an exhibition of Christian the Lion photos on show.

The photos show Christian as a cub and they follow his growing up on the King’s Road as well as his playful relationship with his two owners who eventually sent him to Kenya once he was fully grown. There are also some touching photos of the trio’s reunion.

The exhibition consists of iconic photos as well as a collection of intimate moments captured. They represent a moment in history when King’s Road was at its coolest and most cutting edge whilst also appealing to the nostalgia in you – even though you didn’t really know Christian in person.

Christian the Lion is an important facet of King’s Road history and I am so pleased to discover that this exhibition is on. But it ends on 13th May 2012, so there isn’t much time if you want to pop along too.

Also on show are prints by Joy Adamson, the author of Born Free as well as Anna Tham’s beautiful Animals in Jewellery.

And if you want to find out more about The Story of Christian in prints: His Life on the King’s Road, take a look at this website.

Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall: May 2nd – 13th.


I’m so thrilled to be writing this post right now because I’m very excited about The Little Black Gallery‘s second home at The Imperial Arms.

Tamara Beckwith and Ghislain Pascal have teamed up with Iain and Amelia Heggie to bring us some of the best photography in London as well as the best street food in association with Eat Street. Yes, that’s right, the street food scene has moved West!

Last night was the launch party to celebrate this fantastic collaboration and all I can say is hats off to The Little Black Gallery for spearheading this venture. Why?

Well, I’ve always thought The Imperial Arms was a missed opportunity. I’ve tried many times to give it a chance but it’s never won me over until now. What’s changed my mind?

I love the attention to detail …

And of course, that means the photography which adorns the walls …

This pub now oozes style whilst at the same time, it is very inviting …

And as for the food? A big win!

The Bowler, which specialises in meatball dishes, will be serving up on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings whilst other members of the Street Food conglomerate will be setting the menu on Friday and Saturday nights.

I tried a couple of The Bowler’s dishes and I could instantly see myself coming back for more. The meat was both succulent and very tasty: real melt in the mouth experience that tingled the tastebuds.

I also crept upstairs to watch The Bowler in action as each meatball burger was handcrafted with plenty of care and attention. Very impressive.

And the result?

Very, very, good!

And who would have thought that a meatball could be made up in so many different ways?

What’s so exciting about The Little Black Gallery and Eat Street working together is that I’ve been looking for something with a bit of edge for a while on the King’s Road. You know, that element of sexiness and deliciousness under the same roof?

Well, I’ve found it at The Imperial Arms and if you follow me on Twitter, just don’t be surprised if you see quite a few photos coming from here! This pub is so on my radar now.

I missed the book signing on Saturday but I met the man tonight: Terry O’Neill, the legendary photographer whose work stems from the fashionable 60s.

Tonight was the launch of Collective + Terry O’Neill’s T-shirt collection at The Little Black Gallery. The T-shirt designs feature O’Neill’s iconic images, from 60s Michael Caine to contemporary Naomi Campbell.

Collective’s unique collaboration highlights Terry’s successful career as one of the greatest British photographers of the 20th century.

Also at the gallery, I enjoyed the Christmas Snow exhibition which includes photos of pure and still beauty. Christmas Snow runs until 10th December.

To watch an interview with Terry O’Neill, click here and to view O’Neill’s T-shirt designs, click here.

Last week saw the start of Proud Chelsea‘s latest exhibition: The Factory: Warhol and His Circle by David McCabe and I popped along to the opening night to have a look at the photos.

What struck me the most about the exhibition was Warhol’s affection for his muse, Edie Sedgwick, that was on display.

© David McCabe

There were also hints of vulnerability seen through Sedgwick’s eyes as well as the wonderfully stylised Warhol images that we only expect but when we see them, we still look on in awe. We also see Warhol at work, his circle at play and a shot of a young Mick Jagger being in the same room.

This is a great exhibition that penetrates beyond the stereotyped image of Andy Warhol and his scene as artists on acid. Instead it allows us to see behind the artist’s dark glasses and observe the glint in his eye as he watches the people around him.

The Factory: Warhol and His Circle, Proud Chelsea, 27th October – 4th December 2011,

161 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP

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