Posts Tagged ‘England’

Lady in the Mews

Before I moved to London, I associated the city with its major monuments. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral were the first things I thought of when the word “London” came to mind. But ever since I moved here, I’ve come to appreciate the city’s more subtle highlights. In particular, the mewses.

Kynance Mews in London

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Lady at Maltby Street Market

There’s a problem with London’s markets. The best of them have become victims of their own success, getting so crowded on the weekends that it’s hard to move, let alone breathe. Borough Market, London’s most beloved food market, is a prime example. But just down the road is another market that has the best of Borough without all the crowds: Maltby Street Market.

Maltby Street Market

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Lady in Spitalfields

With Scotland voting for independence this week, devolution is a hot topic in the UK. And according to survey results published in the Evening Standard, 20% of Londoners think the city could even be its own country. The figure rises to 44% among 25 to 34-year-olds. Now that I have British citizenship and can actually vote, I’m wondering if I would support independence for London, because sometimes the city feels so big it’s overwhelming. London’s neighborhoods emanate endlessly from the Thames, and each one is so unique that the country of London would have many cities. If that were the case, one of the best would be Spitalfields.

Spitalfields Market in London

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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 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 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 at Rivea

When the Bulgari Hotel opened in London, it was met with a lot of fanfare. After all, it’s not every day that one of the world’s most luxurious fashion brands launches a hotel. But the opening didn’t catch my attention nearly as much as the launch of its brand new restaurant, Rivea. Not least because the chef is the legendary Alain Ducasse.

Rivea Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel in London

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