Lady’s Summer at Lake Tahoe

I’ve brought the apocalypse to California. On Saturday I woke up to an earthquake in San Francisco, and on Monday I encountered flash flooding in the Sierra Nevada mountains that delayed the opening of the famous Burning Man festival. Given that the end of the world may be at hand, I’m taking what could be my last chance to travel on a summer getaway to California’s best kept secret: Lake Tahoe.

Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California

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Lady Learns the British Tea Culture

It’s hard to find a proper cup of tea in San Francisco. I’m here visiting family, and every time I try to get a cuppa, it’s not quite the same as it is in the UK. Which is funny, because I never drank much tea when I lived here. In fact, I had a lot to learn about British tea culture when I first moved to London. It’s a (very embarrassing) story from my early expat life…

Tea in London

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Lady at London’s Hidden Museums

Summer seems to have left London. The last couple weeks have been stormy and cool, and my winter clothes have started to make their way to the front of my closet. With the all the rain, I’ve been taking cover in London’s museums, particularly the smaller ones. I never realized how many museums are hidden around the city, but it’s been amazing to discover them.

V&A Museum of Childhood in London

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Lady in Vauxhall

There are good neighborhoods in London, and there are great ones. There are not-so-nice neighborhoods, trendy ones, and quirky areas with lots of personality. And then there’s Vauxhall.

Goats at Vauxhall City Farm in London

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Lady Turns Seven

Today is the seven-year anniversary of the A Lady in London blog! It’s hard to believe I wrote my first post so long ago, but it’s great to look back on how far things have come.

A Lady in London

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Lady’s Favorite Afternoon Teas in London

It’s Afternoon Tea Week! This week London is celebrating all things afternoon tea, and in honor of the occasion I bring you my list of the best afternoon teas in London.

Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia in London

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Lady in London Bridge

The view from the Shard is like no other in London. The 72nd floor observation platform is the highest in the city, and from up here London resembles a sprawling toy town. The trains and boats are Brio, Tower Bridge is a miniature model, and even the Gherkin—London’s most famous skyscraper—is dwarfed. I can’t take my eyes off the view, especially that of London Bridge.

View from the Shard in London

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Lady Gets a British Passport

Exciting news today: I finally got a British passport! It’s been seven years this month since I started the UK immigration process, and today it’s finished. I couldn’t be happier.

British Passport

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Lady at the Commonwealth Games

I’m speeding through the Scottish countryside on the train from Glasgow to London. To my right are fluffy sheep, to my left big bovines. The hills are covered in pink wildflowers, and I have a serious urge to stand up and sing something from The Sound of Music. This is only partly due to the beautiful scenery, though. It’s mostly due to my excitement about the time I’ve just had at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Glasgow Central Station

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Lady at the Whitstable Oyster Festival

There’s nothing I love more than a summer day by the sea. If that sea happens to have an abundance of delicious food in it, all the better. That’s why I spent yesterday at the Whitstable Oyster Festival in Kent.

Whitstable Oyster Festival

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Lady’s Photos on BBC Travel

Exciting news today: I’m going to be tweeting and Instagramming about London for BBC Travel! From next week, I will be sharing my photos from around London on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Chinatown in London

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Lady in Camden

Everything new and great in London seems to be going on east these days. But just when I think I have to trek over to Hackney or London Fields to get my fix, I find other areas of the city that are equally buzzing. Like Camden.

Camden Lock in London

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Lady’s Road Trip Essentials – Win a Free Trip!

It’s summer. If there’s one thing I always want to do at this time of year, it’s take a road trip. Maybe it’s the American in me, always desiring to explore the open road. Or maybe it’s just the (occasional) British sunshine that tempts me to get in a convertible and go. Whatever the reason, it’s road trip o’clock and I need to get packing.

Road Trip Packing Essentials

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