London’s bar scene is hot right now. From exciting new openings to trendy pop-ups, hidden speakeasies to hip hotel bars, Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to cocktails. Given my love of travel, I’ve recently scoured the city for travel themed bars in London, uncovering a number of great watering holes that transport guests to other worlds and underworlds from the convenience of our own metropolis. Here’s what I found…
London is evolving. When I moved here seven years ago, the skyline was limited. The London Eye, Gherkin, and St Paul’s Cathedral were pretty much all that punctuated a low-lying architectural landscape. But not long after I landed, a flurry of construction began that has changed the skyline irrevocably. From the Shard to the Cheese Grater, these new buildings not only have quirky names, but also great views. One of them just opened its new Sky Garden to the public, and all of London is racing to the top. But it’s not the only place that offers sweeping panoramas, and today I bring you A Lady in London’s 9 best views of London—the last one will surprise you!
The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A has won London’s heart. Barely open a week, the show—the first and largest retrospective of the fashion designer’s work to be held in Europe—has had Londoners queuing, tweeting, and drooling over McQueen’s tartan and tulle since before it launched. As someone that loves food over fashion, I found a great way to experience the excitement: a McQueen exhibition afternoon tea followed by a trip to see his work.
This week has been exciting for me. First I got an email from Instagram saying they’ve added me to their Suggested Users List that highlights the top photographers on Instagram. Then Harper’s Bazaar featured me as one of 17 must-follow travel Instagram accounts. Coming off the back of being listed as Skyscanner’s #1 travel Instagrammer to follow in 2015, it’s been a good start to the year. In appreciation, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 6 Instagram tips for great photos.
It’s spring in Chiswick. The camellias are pink with promise, and along the Thames the boat house doors are opening for rowing practice. Golden crowned daffodils grace the gardens around the neighborhood, all in celebration of a new season.
The euro is cheap. Really cheap. For the first time in over ten years, the currency is flirting with parity against the dollar and sinking ever lower against the pound. For those of us based in the UK and US, it’s a great time to travel to Europe to take advantage of the inexpensive euro. As such, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the best luxury travel destinations in Europe for leveraging a very favorable exchange rate.
Is it just me, or has the weather been strange this winter? The east coast of the US is buried under snow, California is experiencing a drought, and London is having a relatively mild time of it. But even with above freezing temperatures in the UK, my inner San Franciscan struggles with winter. Which is why I’m excited that March is here and I’m seeing signs of spring in London.
It’s a quiet morning in Utrecht. The narrow cobbled streets are shy with the absence of bicycles and people, and as I approach the tall Dom Tower in the heart of the city center, I can hear my breath in the silence. Rather than being eerie, it’s a treat. I revel in the fact that I have the city to myself on this early Saturday, and start my day in Utrecht by exploring hidden corners that I wouldn’t have noticed had I been distracted dodging people and bikes.
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.
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.
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…