Posts Tagged ‘England’

Lady at Afternoon Tea at Le Meridien Piccadilly

This week London is a feast for the senses. On Monday I got a sneak peek at the new Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern, which opens today. The exhibition is a feast for the eyes, with color playing a dominant role in the artist’s works. And in a feast for the mouth, Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel has used the cut-outs as inspiration for a delicious Matisse-inspired afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea at Le Meridien Piccadilly

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Lady at the Matisse Cut-Outs Exhibition

It’s an exciting week for London! The city is abuzz with anticipation for the four-day Easter bank holiday weekend, and seemingly everyone has big plans. But there’s something to look forward to even before school lets out: the opening of the greatly anticipated Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern on Thursday. I got a special sneak preview this morning, and here’s what I found.

Matisse Cut-Outs Exhibition at the Tate Modern

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Lady Staycations in Westminster

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in New Zealand this week with Prince George. Minute-by-minute updates of the eight-month-old’s first royal tour are all over the London papers, making it impossible not to think about the trio everywhere I go. That includes Westminster, where Will and Kate got married three years ago this month. But instead of fighting the media frenzy, I’ve chosen to embrace it with a staycation right by Westminster Abbey, the royal wedding venue.

Houses of Parliament in London

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Lady in Durham

Anyone that has taken a train up the east coast of England knows that when you get to Durham, something amazing happens. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a shape in the distance that catches your attention. You look out the window at a hulking stone mass on the horizon, then you do a double take. Because Durham Cathedral is one of the most amazing sights you’ve ever seen.

Durham Cathedral in England

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Lady in St Martin’s Courtyard

JoJo is a miracle worker. She really knows how to get the knots out of my perennially stressed shoulders. As she massages my upper back, she doesn’t cut corners. JoJo singles out every knot and wages a gentle war until it surrenders. It’s exactly what I hope for in every massage I get. No wonder she works at a day spa called Relax in the heart of Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Courtyard.

Covent Garden Academy of Flowers in St Martin's Courtyard, London

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Lady at Hadrian’s Wall

When I first moved to London, I made a list of all of the places I wanted to travel in the UK. From Oxford to Cambridge, the Cotswolds to the Lake District, I included every destination I had always dreamed about. Over the next six years, I worked my way through the list until there was only one place left: Hadrian’s Wall.

Roman Helmet on Hadrian's Wall

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Lady at Afternoon Tea at Threadneedles

The City of London is quiet on the weekends. The brisk walk of the bankers is gone, and a strange silence pervades this usually bustling area of central London. As I emerge from the tube at Bank station and pass by the Royal Exchange, I’m the only person on the street. And once I reach my destination and settle in for afternoon tea at Threadneedles Hotel, I feel like I have the whole of the City to myself.

Cupcake at Afternoon Tea at Threadneedles Hotel in London

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Lady Gets British Citizenship

Today is a very exciting day for me. Why? I’m officially British! I just got word that my application for British citizenship—which I submitted way back in November and have been waiting very (im)patiently to hear back on ever since—has been approved. I’m Britain’s newest citizen, and I couldn’t be happier!

Houses of Parliament in London

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Lady Loves Christmas in London

I love living in London, but winter can be tough. Cold weather, gray skies, and early darkness always make me want to travel somewhere sunny. But London knows that winter is not its natural strong suit, and more than makes up for it with its Christmas spirit. From lights to skating rinks, shop windows to festivals, London is one of the best places to be at Christmastime. I’ve spent the last month Instagramming the festivities, and today I bring you the highlights of Christmas in London…

Harrods at Christmas in London

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