Exciting news: today I’m launching a monthly email newsletter for the A Lady in London blog! After eight years of running the blog, I’m looking forward to introducing a new way to keep you up to date on all things London and travel. Read on for details and subscription information…
It’s raining in Pimlico. In fact, it’s been pouring in London all week. My umbrella is defenseless against the sideways spray, which along with the wind sweeps me into the new Cambridge Street Cafe. Just opened this week, the timing couldn’t be better for my impromptu visit. I take a seat along the banquette, soaking up the pretty pink ambiance and open kitchen as my coat absorbs the raindrops falling from my hair. I like this place. In fact, I like all of Pimlico.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is ending, and our last bank holiday weekend until Christmas is just days away. Whether you’re staying in London or planning to travel, you’d better take advantage of it. To help you decide what to do, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 5 bank holiday weekend ideas.
It’s not often that I travel just for a hotel. Most destinations trump accommodations. But every once in awhile there’s a hotel so special that I will take a trip just to stay there, and today that hotel is the new Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.
I’ve always believed Macau is magical. Part old Portuguese, part new Chinese, and all steeped in money and luck, it has a legendary quality like no other travel destination. I’ve long imagined that being there would be like a James Bond film, a briefcase full of cash and contraband required for entry. And now I’m here, excited to see how reality compares with my imagination.
Today is the eight-year anniversary of the A Lady in London blog! It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since I quit my hedge fund job in San Francisco to move to London to see where life took me. If someone told me back then that I would be a professional blogger two years later, I wouldn’t have believed it. But it’s been a great adventure, and today I want to share some thoughts on how I got here.
When I first moved to London, I thought I would be here for two years then move to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has such amazing energy, and makes me feel like I’m in the past and future at the same time. But what I really love about it is that no matter where I go there’s an amazing view. I’ve taken a little (okay, BIG) detour on my way home from Seattle, traveling to Hong Kong before going back to London. My round-the-world adventure has given me time to explore more of the city, and today I bring you A Lady in London’s 6 best views of Hong Kong.
I’ll never forget my first solo trip. I was eight years old and I flew to Seattle to visit relatives. I felt so grown up, and was beyond excited to visit the Space Needle, the most amazing thing I had ever heard of (hey, I was eight). But said needle was also the place I discovered my fear of heights. Which is why I’m standing at the top right now, determined to overcome my phobia.
After an epic road trip along the Oregon coast, I’m heading inland to explore more of the state’s highlights. Specifically, I’m driving east to Portland, the darling of America’s hipster scene and one of the hottest travel destinations in the U.S. right now. I’m going there not only to experience the city’s food scene, but also the surrounding area’s wine and waterfalls. And when I arrive, my three days in Portland go something like this…
I have a confession to make: despite growing up in Northern California, I haven’t spent much time in Oregon. I’ve done Seattle a fair few times—admittedly I have relatives there—but Portland and the rest of the Beaver State have generally remained a rectangular black hole in my West Coast knowledge. It’s a bit embarrassing, like a native Londoner having frequented Edinburgh but not traveled anywhere between the upper bounds of the M25 and the lower bounds Hadrian’s Wall. But the Pacific Coast is one of the most famous stretches of coastline in the world, and I’ve finally made it to Oregon to explore it beyond the familiar bounds of Big Sur.
It’s sweltering in San Francisco. Normally I wouldn’t be surprised by heat in summer, but this city is anything but normal when it comes to the weather. In fact, one of the most famous quotes is “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” It’s usually foggy here in July, but San Francisco surprises sometimes, and you have to be ready for anything. Which is why, as a native, I’m going to share with you A Lady in London’s guide to summer in San Francisco.
It’s summer in London, which means two things: everyone wants to be outdoors, and everyone wants to head to the pub on sunny afternoons. Fortunately for us, there are places that combine the two quite well. Foremost among them are the city’s waterfront pubs. In celebration, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 12 best riverside pubs in London. Here they are, from east to west…