Lady in Rotterdam

It’s raining in Rotterdam. Serious precipitation. None of the spitting drizzle we get in London; this is downpour-grade falling water. But I don’t mind, because even though I only have one day in Rotterdam, I’ve found the best part…and it’s indoors.

Markthal Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Lady in The Hague

If you only had one day to explore a city, what would you do? Start with the big attractions? Get off the beaten path? Eat? Drink? Shop? This is the challenge I’m facing in the Netherlands, where I have three days to explore three cities and a million ideas for how to spend my time.

Cafe in The Hague, Netherlands

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Lady’s Secret San Francisco

One of the great things about living in a city is that there’s no shortage of neighborhoods to explore. So why is it that I always end up in the same ones? In London I sometimes get stuck in a routine of going out around where I live and work, and it’s no different back home in California. But I’ve had such a good time exploring new neighborhoods in London over the past few years that I’ve decided to do the same in San Francisco. And I’ve found a few secret places…

Blue House in San Francisco, California

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Lady Seeks Winter Sun in San Diego

One of the most difficult things about being a Californian in London is the winter. I can usually get through December with Christmas lights standing in for sun, and I’m able to get excited in January about the start of a new year. But come February, I’m out of ways to trick my sun-starved self into remembering why I live in London. Which is why every February I seek winter sun. And there’s no better place to do it than San Diego.

Palm Trees in San Diego, California

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Lady in Mammoth

California is full of surprises. For one, a lot of people don’t know that you can ski here. For another, my home state is so big and geographically diverse that even natives like me discover new places in California all the time. Like Mammoth, with its snow-capped mountains, eerie ghost towns, and spectacular lakes…

Mono Lake in California

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Lady Celebrates Los Angeles Film Anniversaries

Last month I celebrated the five-year anniversary of running the A Lady in London blog full time. This month I’ve discovered another area of media that is commemorating some exciting milestones in 2015: film. Given there’s no better place to explore the movie industry than Hollywood, I hopped over to Los Angeles to get an inside look at three famous films that are celebrating big anniversaries this year. Here’s what I found…

Film Sculpture at Universal Studios in Los Angeles

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Lady’s 14 Most Romantic Places in London

Last year in the run-up to Valentine’s Day I wrote about the most romantic travel destinations in the world. This year I’m bringing it home to Blighty to share my secrets about the most romantic locations in London. From the restaurant that will inspire love to the perfect spot for a kiss, here’s my list of the 14 most romantic places in London, just in time for February 14th…

Pink Mews House in London

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Lady’s Picks for Eating near London’s Top Attractions

When I first moved to London, I couldn’t get enough of the sightseeing trail. From the Houses of Parliament to the British Museum, I wanted to see everything. But sightseeing is exhausting, and inevitably I found myself hungry. Not knowing any better, I usually found a touristy restaurant with disappointing food, only to discover that there was a great place nearby that I didn’t know about. To help you avoid my pitfalls, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the best places to eat near London’s top attractions.

British Museum in London

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Lady’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is coming! There are less than two weeks until February 14th, which means it’s time to get shopping. To inspire you, I’ve scoured the UK for great Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Whether you’re shopping for someone that loves chocolate or coffee, pretty pictures or perfect nails, I’ve handpicked great gifts for everyone’s special someone. Here’s the list…

Valentine's Day Flowers

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Lady Rides the Waterloo & City Line

If I ever have to leave the UK, there are a few things I would want to do before I go. I have a London bucket list, and it includes everything from exploring new London neighborhoods to indulging in more afternoon teas. But there’s one thing I’m always surprised I haven’t checked off my list yet: riding the Waterloo & City line of the London Underground.

Tube Station in London

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Lady at Enoteca Rabezzana

One of the things I miss most about living in San Francisco is the wine bars. In the same way that London has a pub on every corner, San Francisco has a wine bar on every street. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pub. But sometimes it’s nice to swap cider for wine and thousand-year-old carpet for fresh wood floors and wall-to-wall windows. Like at Enoteca Rabezzana, a new wine bar in the City of London.

Enoteca Rabezzana Wine Bar in London

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Lady at the Spa and Afternoon Tea at The Landmark

The only thing I love more than afternoon tea in London is a trip to the spa and afternoon tea in London. I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold January day than indoors getting a massage and indulging in sweet treats and comforting tea. So today I’m doing just that at The Landmark London hotel in Marylebone.

Afternoon Tea at The Landmark Hotel in London

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