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.
It’s an exciting day for me: I’ve been living in London for 8 years today! It’s hard to believe so much time has gone by since I quit my job, got a visa, and moved to London to see where life would take me. It’s been a great adventure, though, and writing the A Lady in London blog throughout my time in the UK has been one of the biggest highlights.
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.
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 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…
One of the great things about London is its abundance of green spaces. Every few streets there’s a park or garden, and in the city center we’re never far from Hyde Park or Regent’s Park. But while the big parks are popular, it’s the secret gardens in London that get my attention. And I’m not talking about the private ones that are only open to surrounding residents. I’m talking about the ones that are open to everyone, if we only know how to find them. And here’s where they are…
I didn’t think summer would visit London this year. After a chilly May it seemed the sun would never come and play. But things warmed up in June and by July 1st we saw record-breaking temperatures in the capital. Now that it’s officially summer, Londoners are spilling outdoors and refusing to go back inside. And one of the best places to go in the summer is a hidden little London neighborhood called South End Green.