The problem with London is that it’s hard to leave. The city is so big and has so much to offer that it would be easy to spend a lifetime here without feeling done. But there are a lot of great places outside of London, too, and it’s worth getting away sometimes. As such, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 15 best day trips from London.
One of the best things about London is that there’s so much to do. One of the worst things about London is that there’s so much to do. It’s a plus and a minus, with the city giving us so many options it can be overwhelming. But on the rare occasion I find myself in town on a weekend, I have a bit of a ritual. It makes a perfect Saturday in London, and it goes like this.
It’s sunny in Kent. New lambs are finding their footing and bluebells are opening in the forests. Apple blossoms bud in the orchards as the Garden of England awakens for spring. If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine I’m back home in California. But not just because of the sun. Also because of the vineyards. Yes, there’s wine tasting in Kent. Seriously good wine tasting. And that’s to say nothing of the cider and beer.
It’s market day in Kingston upon Thames. The aptly named Market Place is full of stalls selling everything from French cheese to fresh ginger. Inside the historic Market House, a vintage pop-up offers all things pink and pretty, while outside the gilded statue of Queen Anne surveys the square from above. It’s the perfect place to start a day out in Kingston, and a great introduction to the town that blurs the border between Greater London and Surrey.
London’s bar scene is hot right now. From exciting new openings to trendy pop-ups, hidden speakeasies to hip hotel bars, Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to cocktails. Given my love of travel, I’ve recently scoured the city for travel themed bars in London, uncovering a number of great watering holes that transport guests to other worlds and underworlds from the convenience of our own metropolis. Here’s what I found…
London is evolving. When I moved here seven years ago, the skyline was limited. The London Eye, Gherkin, and St Paul’s Cathedral were pretty much all that punctuated a low-lying architectural landscape. But not long after I landed, a flurry of construction began that has changed the skyline irrevocably. From the Shard to the Cheese Grater, these new buildings not only have quirky names, but also great views. One of them just opened its new Sky Garden to the public, and all of London is racing to the top. But it’s not the only place that offers sweeping panoramas, and today I bring you A Lady in London’s 9 best views of London—the last one will surprise you!
The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A has won London’s heart. Barely open a week, the show—the first and largest retrospective of the fashion designer’s work to be held in Europe—has had Londoners queuing, tweeting, and drooling over McQueen’s tartan and tulle since before it launched. As someone that loves food over fashion, I found a great way to experience the excitement: a McQueen exhibition afternoon tea followed by a trip to see his work.
It’s spring in Chiswick. The camellias are pink with promise, and along the Thames the boat house doors are opening for rowing practice. Golden crowned daffodils grace the gardens around the neighborhood, all in celebration of a new season.
Is it just me, or has the weather been strange this winter? The east coast of the US is buried under snow, California is experiencing a drought, and London is having a relatively mild time of it. But even with above freezing temperatures in the UK, my inner San Franciscan struggles with winter. Which is why I’m excited that March is here and I’m seeing signs of spring in London.
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.