Put the word ‘royal’ in front of something in London, and the world goes wild. Royal wedding, royal baby, the list is endless. Usually I’m not one to jump on bandwagons (even if they are the Queen’s), but when I heard about the Royal Mews in London, I was intrigued. As anyone who follows me on Instagram knows, I’m a bit obsessed with London’s lovely mews streets. And when you put a ‘royal’ in front of the word, I’m even more excited.
It’s February, and that means Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Love it or loathe it, February 14th gives us an opportunity to express very un-British displays of emotion. Yay! (Sorry, was that too earnest? This American expat is still learning). If you need a little help demonstrating your affection this year, I’ve put together a list of the 8 most romantic places in the UK. These lovely travel destinations are sure to loosen your lips (and if they don’t, alcohol always helps. At least I’ve got that part of British culture sorted!).
When most people travel to Rwanda, they go for one thing: gorillas. Rwanda is one of the only places in the world where these primates can be seen in the wild, and where humans can get up close to them. I’ve traveled from London to see them, but what I discover is that there’s a lot more to my trip—and the country—than just gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
“We don’t need an event here,” my snowshoeing guide tells me. “The park is the event. Every day.” He’s referring to Banff National Park, where we’re standing in a silent forest as dusk sets in. The snow sparkles all around, and the winter ice dazzles us with its crystalline beauty. As the solitude sinks in, I can’t help but agree with him. The area has a lot to offer, but the national park itself is what wins me over. It’s ice magic in Lake Louise.
I’m having a hard time believing that winter isn’t high season in Banff. It’s in the Rocky Mountains, after all, and winter travel is synonymous with snowy peaks. But even though everyone keeps telling me that summer is the main tourism period in this part of Alberta, I’m convinced it shouldn’t be. There’s so much going for winter travel in Banff that I’m starting a movement to reverse the trend.
It hasn’t felt much like winter in London this year. With record-breaking temperatures in November and daffodils blooming in St James’s Park this month, we could be forgiven for thinking it’s already spring. But temperatures cooled last week, and even if they don’t stay that way we don’t have to go far to find great seasonal escapes (but we can go far if we want to!). To inspire you, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 12 incredible winter travel destinations.
Of all the things I’ve had to learn since moving to London, the British word for bathroom has been the trickiest. Saying “loo” makes me feel ridiculous, but saying “toilet” feels crass. After testing out every variation imaginable, I finally embraced my Americanness and stuck with “restroom”. I steel my nerves against ridicule every time—the Brits think the word is preposterous—but it’s worth it. So why am I telling you this? Because today I’m sharing the 9 best loos in London.
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to make changes. Rather than go on a diet (shoot me!) or join a gym (quick, hurl me off a cliff!), I’ve focused my metamorphoses on a new look for the A Lady in London blog. Today I’m excited to unveil a fresh face for the logo, which now includes a globe and the tagline “And Traveling the World”. But that’s not the only change…
When I first moved to London, I fell in love with the big buildings. From the Great Court of the British Museum to the glassy dome of the Gherkin, I was smitten. But over the years my interest in the obvious architectural attractions has given way to an obsession with the secret little ones. I’ve found myself increasingly intrigued by London’s houses, as anyone that has seen my Instagram feed knows. My photos have gotten such a good reception that I’ve realized I’m not alone in loving the city’s undiscovered treasures. As such, today I reveal the prettiest houses in London.