Golda Meir's deadly head

As we've reported, David Miliband is due to attend the reception to celebrate the renovation of the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.

But perhaps they should call in Llewellyn Lawrence Bowen first because one visitor shown round was distinctly underwhelmed by the d├ęcor.

The building was once William Thackeray's home and its prime feature is the music room with paintings of musical instruments on wood-panelled walls. But the new glass table and white chairs will have traditionalists wincing, believes our guide to good taste.

Meanwhile, a bust of Golda Meir that once stood in the stairwell has been removed. It was feared Golda might get knocked over in an emergency drill and fall, with fatal results, on someone's head.

    Last updated: 11:08am, March 11 2010