Interview with actress Tracy-Ann Oberman

Tracy-Ann Oberman admits she is lucky to have had such a varied career. From a familiar face on the small screen in EastEnders and Dr Who, plus more recent comedies Toast of London and Friday Night Dinner, to theatre work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and more recently, the stage show Stepping Out, her career has been nothing…

Theatre review: Hamlet

Despite studying English Literature at GCSE, A-level and at degree level, I somehow managed to avoid focusing on Hamlet. I much preferred the comedies: Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream… all those obviously light-hearted stories that had a hint of darkness underneath it all, but were…

Film review: Hampstead

Recently widowed Emily (Diane Keaton) lives on the top floor of a beautiful converted building in the desirable north London suburb of Hampstead, with a view over the Heath. She volunteers at a charity shop, has a doting adult son and a group of friends who also live in her block. But her philandering husband…

Restaurant review: The Old Brewery

The Old Brewery, The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LW www.oldbrewerygreenwich.com With a brewing history dating back 350 years and once supplying the Royal Hospital’s Pensioners with their three-pints-a-day ration, Young’s has reinvented The Old Brewery, overlooking the river behind the elegant façade of Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The pub/restaurant has relaxed…

Film review: Viceroy’s House

Directed by Gurinder Chadha With a stellar cast, soaring soundtrack and beautiful imagery, Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and the subsequent independence and creation of Pakistan (The Partition). Lord and Lady Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson) arrive in India with good intentions to give…

Film review: Jackie

Danielle Woodward reviews Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy From the start of this film, with its soundtrack of soaring violins that start off tuneful but soon go off-key creating a feeling of a perfect world going off-kilter, you are in the tumultuous world of the First Lady in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her…

Theatre review: A Christmas Carol

Do you remember how wonderful it was to have a story read to you, as a child? To have someone tell you a tale that was new to you? Or perhaps it was a story you were familiar with, but still felt thrilled by hearing it again? That’s the magical, enchanting experience created by Simon…

Escape into magical Moominland

Banish the winter blues with an immersive, enchanting exhibition at London’s South Bank Centre, Adventures in Moominland They may have been a bit scary when you were young (anyone remember the Groke who haunted dark, snowy forests?) or perhaps you loved everything about the magical world of the Moomins. The new immersive, interactive exhibition at London’s Southbank…

Food product review: Furniss biscuits

Nothing beats a traditional ginger biscuit with your cuppa – apart from perhaps ginger with a twist… Ginger is a versatile spice that not only works well in cakes, biscuits and confectionery but also has proven medicinal benefits – mainly as an aid to ease nausea. That’s the reason why I ate my own weight…

Interview with ESPA founder Susan Harmsworth

Danielle Woodward meets the ESPA founder who shares her advice on getting ahead in business, tips on coping with stress and the secret to maintaining her youthful glow Susan Harmsworth is in her early 70s but you wouldn’t know it. She exudes a youthful energy that she says is down to a positive mental attitude…

Cookery school review: Raymond Blanc

  The Raymond Blanc Cookery School, at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has a new course on offer – making creative canapés. Danielle Woodward spends the day learning how to create delicious dinner party treats Canapés are little works of art that serve to impress your guests, giving them something to munch on while socialising…

Food review: Riverford Organic

Riverford Organic Farms is encouraging families to prepare and enjoy meals together with its fresh food deliveries There’s no better way to get your kids interested in the food they’re eating than to encourage them to help you prepare it. When they’ve taken an active part in creating their dinner, they are much more likely…