Posts Tagged ‘England’

Lady at Enoteca Rabezzana

One of the things I miss most about living in San Francisco is the wine bars. In the same way that London has a pub on every corner, San Francisco has a wine bar on every street. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pub. But sometimes it’s nice to swap cider for wine and thousand-year-old carpet for fresh wood floors and wall-to-wall windows. Like at Enoteca Rabezzana, a new wine bar in the City of London.

Enoteca Rabezzana Wine Bar in London

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Lady at the Spa and Afternoon Tea at The Landmark

The only thing I love more than afternoon tea in London is a trip to the spa and afternoon tea in London. I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold January day than indoors getting a massage and indulging in sweet treats and comforting tea. So today I’m doing just that at The Landmark London hotel in Marylebone.

Afternoon Tea at The Landmark Hotel in London

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Lady Cooks with a Michelin Starred Chef

What would you do if a Michelin starred chef called your risotto “perfect”? Would you do a dance? Blush? Quit your day job and go to culinary school? I’m asking because this is happening to me right now and I don’t know what to do. I’ve traveled to Berkshire to attend a one-day cooking class with a Michelin starred chef at The Woodspeen near Newbury, and he has just fallen in love with my risotto.

The Woodspeen Cooking School in Newbury, Berkshire

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Lady in Belgravia

It’s the new year. Time for new beginnings, new year’s resolutions, and fresh starts. I’ve had a few fresh starts over the years, and when I moved to London I started in Belgravia.

Belgrave Square in Belgravia, London

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Lady’s New Year’s Eve in London

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s Eve wherever you celebrated in the world. I had the opportunity to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London for the first time, and it was an amazing show.

New Year's Eve Fireworks in London

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Lady Loves London’s Christmas Lights

Londoners are a little obsessed with Christmas. It’s hard not to be. The weather may be cold and the days so short we marvel the sun bothers to rise, but what keeps us from hibernating in our local pub is that the streets are so amazingly bright we can’t help tearing ourselves away from our tenth first pint to get outdoors and into the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Lights on Carnaby Street in London

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Lady at the Birmingham Christmas Markets

One of the best things about traveling in Europe in the winter is the Christmas markets. From Cologne to Copenhagen, Salzburg to Strasbourg, seemingly every city is bursting with seasonal sausages and Santa Clauses. But over the years I’ve learned that you don’t have to leave England to find some of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe. Namely, those in Birmingham.

Birmingham Christmas Markets

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Lady’s Expat Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Thanksgiving can be a minefield for expats and foreigners. From too-small ovens that can’t hold your giant turkey to confusion as to why your American friends don’t remember every detail of the first Thanksgiving, cultural differences can cause a lot of stress. So to help people from both sides of the Atlantic navigate the holiday and avoid the slippery slope of social awkwardness, today I bring you A Lady in London’s Expat Thanksgiving Survival Guide.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Lady at The Grill at The Dorchester

There are entirely too many restaurants in London. Well, not too many, but enough that I could spend every night of the next year eating at a different restaurant and still not come close to having tried a fraction of them. But why would I want to do that when there are some restaurants worth going back to? Like The Grill at The Dorchester, which just re-opened after an extensive renovation.

New Grill at the Dorchester in London

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Lady’s Guide to Christmas Events in London

Winter is not my favorite time of year. As a Californian, I grew up with “winter lite”, a season where scarves were fashion statements and boots were worn with bare legs and miniskirts. But now that I face the annual reality of cold, dark London winters, I have to find ways to cope. As such, I’ve put together a little survival guide for the run-up to Christmas, and today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to Christmas events in London.

Christmas Tree in London

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Lady Commemorates Poppy Day

The week I moved to London I noticed a strange phenomenon: everyone I passed on the street wore a red paper flower pinned to their coat. Being new to the city, I wasn’t sure what to make of this. Was it a fashion trend? A local tradition? Somebody help a foreign girl out! After much observation, I learned that these pins were poppies, and they were worn in honor of Poppy Day.

Poppies at the Tower of London

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Lady at Acciuga Restaurant

With all the hot new restaurants in London this year, it’s been easy to focus on new openings. But from Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone to Palomar in Soho, some restaurants are getting so hard to get into that if you’re not an A-list celebrity, you can forget about booking a table. Which is why it’s always nice to have local neighborhood restaurants to turn to when your name doesn’t start with Lindsay and end with Lohan. One such place is Acciuga restaurant in Kensington.

Acciuga Restaurant in London

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Lady at Bob Bob Ricard

There’s nothing like a press-for-champagne button to get me excited about a night out in London. While said buttons can be found at a few restaurants around the city, the ones at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho have always been my favorites. And now that Bob Bob Ricard has opened a Club Room for dining and champagne-fueled entertainment, I can’t resist a trip back to press the button again.

Bob Bob Ricard Club Room in London

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