It’s been an unseasonably warm start to winter in Britain. The balmiest November weather on record occurred earlier this month in Wales, and if not for the gray skies I might think I was back home in California. But I’ve been living in London long enough to know that winter will come eventually, and I’m actually looking forward to it. Why? Because Christmas is one of the best times of year in London. In anticipation, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 9 highlights of Christmas in London.
I keep forgetting how pretty Primrose Hill is. Walking across the bridge from the Chalk Farm tube station, I notice the colorful accents on the houses, a smattering of sweet boutiques, and streets full of independent restaurants, cafes, and pubs. This part of London is a little slice of village loveliness.
There aren’t many places I want to visit after I pass through on the train, but Berwick-upon-Tweed is one of them. As the UK’s east coast main line service turns toward the Northumberland coast, green pastures give way to wide sandy beaches and arched railway bridges. Eventually the tracks lead to Berwick, the medieval-walled, orange-roofed town that sits picture pretty at the mouth of the River Tweed.
It’s high tide on Holy Island. On most islands this wouldn’t matter much, but on this one it’s pretty important. Why? Because Holy Island isn’t always cut off from mainland England. It only becomes an island when high tide sweeps across the sandy stretch of land that connects it to the Northumberland coast. Since it’s an island now, I’m marooned here until the tide recedes. But that’s fine with me, because there’s a lot to explore on a day trip to Holy Island.
When I first moved to London, I was obsessed with the city’s museums. Some of the best museums in the world are here, and locals and visitors are overwhelmed with options for even the most niche of interests. But one thing I discovered only after my first trips to see some of the city’s top collections is that in addition to amazing art, artifacts, and objects, there are some great restaurants in many of the museums. After nearly 8 years of exploring, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 8 best museum cafes in London.
I’ve been traveling a lot this year. I’ve only been in London for one full week since April, splitting the rest of them between home and away or just abroad completely. Don’t get me wrong; I love to travel and I’ve been to some amazing places in the last few months. But sometimes I want to stay a bit closer to home, and recently that has meant an amazing weekend break in St Ives, Cornwall.
I love books. For as long as I can remember, I’ve preferred the company of a good book to that of almost anything else in the world. I can spend an entire weekend lost in a book, in a bookstore, or in a great place to read. And lucky for me, London has an abundance of all of these. If you love books as much as I do, read on for A Lady in London’s guide to the best places for books in London.
It’s autumn. Well, not technically, but September is close enough to fall and the weather in London has been so cool recently that it might as well be. With the changing seasons, I always start to think about what part of the year sees London at its best. While I love the (sometimes) warm summer months, the city shines in other ways in other seasons, too. As such, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the best time to visit London.
It’s raining in Pimlico. In fact, it’s been pouring in London all week. My umbrella is defenseless against the sideways spray, which along with the wind sweeps me into the new Cambridge Street Cafe. Just opened this week, the timing couldn’t be better for my impromptu visit. I take a seat along the banquette, soaking up the pretty pink ambiance and open kitchen as my coat absorbs the raindrops falling from my hair. I like this place. In fact, I like all of Pimlico.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is ending, and our last bank holiday weekend until Christmas is just days away. Whether you’re staying in London or planning to travel, you’d better take advantage of it. To help you decide what to do, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 5 bank holiday weekend ideas.
It’s summer in London, which means two things: everyone wants to be outdoors, and everyone wants to head to the pub on sunny afternoons. Fortunately for us, there are places that combine the two quite well. Foremost among them are the city’s waterfront pubs. In celebration, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 12 best riverside pubs in London. Here they are, from east to west…