Last year in the run-up to Valentine’s Day I wrote about the most romantic travel destinations in the world. This year I’m bringing it home to Blighty to share my secrets about the most romantic locations in London. From the restaurant that will inspire love to the perfect spot for a kiss, here’s my list of the 14 most romantic places in London, just in time for February 14th…
When I first moved to London, I couldn’t get enough of the sightseeing trail. From the Houses of Parliament to the British Museum, I wanted to see everything. But sightseeing is exhausting, and inevitably I found myself hungry. Not knowing any better, I usually found a touristy restaurant with disappointing food, only to discover that there was a great place nearby that I didn’t know about. To help you avoid my pitfalls, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the best places to eat near London’s top attractions.
If I ever have to leave the UK, there are a few things I would want to do before I go. I have a London bucket list, and it includes everything from exploring new London neighborhoods to indulging in more afternoon teas. But there’s one thing I’m always surprised I haven’t checked off my list yet: riding the Waterloo & City line of the London Underground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.