Pop-ups are trendy in London. From sample sales in Shoreditch to temporary restaurants in Chelsea, the city has taken full advantage of the fleeting nature of Londoners’ attention spans. And one of the newest and most exciting pop-ups of all is Pop Brixton.
There’s nothing like a trip to London’s food markets to inspire me to eat well. But when I get to visit with a celebrity chef, I’m even more enthusiastic. Last week I had the opportunity to explore Borough Market with Wolfgang Puck, one of the world’s most famous chefs. Visiting with him was an even bigger treat than the food. Here’s how it went…
This week is a big one for the English summer social season. Wimbledon started yesterday, Henley begins tomorrow, and today holds a special opening of its own: the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the show, which attracts 150,000 visitors and covers a vast area next to the famous royal residence. It’s the world’s largest flower show, and yesterday I got a sneak peek. Here’s what’s in store…
Just when I think east London’s hipster scene gives New York’s some serious competition, I discover a mayonnaise shop in Brooklyn. Yes, a shop that sells only mayonnaise. Shoreditch may have a cat cafe and Brick Lane a cereal cafe, but there’s nothing quite so hipster as Empire Mayonnaise in Clinton Hill.
There’s nothing more New York than summering in the Hamptons. Every Friday the trains, buses, and roads swell with well-heeled locals heading out of Manhattan into Long Island, filling beach houses from Westhampton to Montauk. This weekend I’m traveling with them for a very special occasion: a wedding in Southampton. And because every self-respecting lady in London should know how to do such an event, today I bring you a guide to attending a wedding in the Hamptons.
Just when I think I know every London market, I discover a new one. This city has an endless variety of them, from farmers’ markets to vintage markets, and there are more popping up all the time. I recently discovered the South Kensington Tuesday Farmers’ Market at Imperial College, a great little food market with plenty of green space for picnics. Being there inspired me to write about my favorite markets in the city, and today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 14 best London markets.
As I step onto my flat-bottomed sampan boat in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, I can tell I’m in for a treat. The open front has comfortable chairs arranged under a woven canopy, offering expansive views of the riverbanks and insights into daily life.
The best way to travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay is by seaplane. I know this because I’m on one and it’s spectacular. The views of the countryside, with its green fields and snaking rivers, give way to thousands of spectacular limestone islands and white junk boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. I can’t take my eyes off this magical place.
I don’t have much time in Hanoi—only one day to pack in 1,000 years of history. It’s going to be a challenge, but if I can hit the highlights I will leave the first destination on my week-long trip to Vietnam with a feel for one of the most important cities in the country.
When I first moved to London, I missed a lot of things about home, but one of the things I didn’t miss was driving. I’ve never been a car person, and moving to a walkable city was exciting. So exciting that I walk pretty much everywhere now. In doing so, I’ve discovered a lot of amazing little corners of London and gotten to know the details of the city much better than I would have otherwise.
It’s June in London, and that means one thing. Tourist season. The streets are crowded with maps and guidebooks, and every attraction in the city has a queue a mile long. It’s not that we don’t love visitors in London; it’s just that when they’re here it’s harder for locals to enjoy the sights. But with a little out-of-the-box thinking, Londoners can enjoy the landmarks without the crowds. Step out of Zone 1 and the tourists fade away, opening up the city to those of us daring to venture beyond the comfort of Soho or St James’s. And I personally venture to places like Eltham Palace.
Gordon Ramsay is everywhere these days. It seems like whenever I step outside, I come across a new restaurant of his. This is particularly true in Chelsea, where he’s opened two new restaurants of the same name in two months. maze Grill on Royal Hospital Road is the newer of them, and since they seem ubiquitous now—there’s one in Mayfair, too—I’ve come to see what it’s all about.
It’s all about understatement in Britain. As an American in London, one of the first things I learned about fitting in is that self deprecation goes a lot farther than self aggrandizement, and what is unsaid is often more important than what’s stated aloud. This phenomenon extends beyond human interaction, revealing itself in the city’s neighborhoods as well. The best example of this is Hampstead, an unassuming little village in north London.