Posts Tagged ‘London’

Lady Learns the British Tea Culture

It’s hard to find a proper cup of tea in San Francisco. I’m here visiting family, and every time I try to get a cuppa, it’s not quite the same as it is in the UK. Which is funny, because I never drank much tea when I lived here. In fact, I had a lot to learn about British tea culture when I first moved to London. It’s a (very embarrassing) story from my early expat life…

Tea in London

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Lady at London’s Hidden Museums

Summer seems to have left London. The last couple weeks have been stormy and cool, and my winter clothes have started to make their way to the front of my closet. With the all the rain, I’ve been taking cover in London’s museums, particularly the smaller ones. I never realized how many museums are hidden around the city, but it’s been amazing to discover them.

V&A Museum of Childhood in London

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Lady in London Bridge

The view from the Shard is like no other in London. The 72nd floor observation platform is the highest in the city, and from up here London resembles a sprawling toy town. The trains and boats are Brio, Tower Bridge is a miniature model, and even the Gherkin—London’s most famous skyscraper—is dwarfed. I can’t take my eyes off the view, especially that of London Bridge.

View from the Shard in London

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Lady at Rivea

When the Bulgari Hotel opened in London, it was met with a lot of fanfare. After all, it’s not every day that one of the world’s most luxurious fashion brands launches a hotel. But the opening didn’t catch my attention nearly as much as the launch of its brand new restaurant, Rivea. Not least because the chef is the legendary Alain Ducasse.

Rivea Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel in London

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Lady at the Pub

Have you ever wondered what people around the world are doing at the the exact moment you’re doing something? When it’s 4pm on Saturday in London, I wonder if people in San Francisco are waking up to their morning coffee, and if others in Seoul are out dancing all night. My friend Jessica wondered this, too, and came up with the idea of having four bloggers around the world write about what they’re doing at an exact moment in time. This is that moment.

Fish and Chips in London

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Lady at Marcus

The only thing happening faster than the pace of new restaurant openings in London is the pace of big changes at existing restaurants. From new menus to new chefs, the city is never satisfied. One of the most high-profile changes this year has been the refurbishment of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, a two-Michelin starred restaurant in Knightsbridge that recently reopened simply as Marcus.

Beef at Marcus Restaurant at The Berkeley in London

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Lady at Fera at Claridge’s

One of the best and worst things about living in London is the constant stream of new restaurant openings. I could spend every day going to one new restaurant after another and still not get to all of them. While this phenomenon keeps things exciting, it also makes it hard to keep up. And that’s why it’s nice to know which are actually worth a visit. Like Fera, the new restaurant at Claridge’s in London.

Lobster at Fera Restaurant at Claridge's in London

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