Posts Tagged ‘London’

Lady Loves London’s Christmas Lights

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.

Christmas Lights on Carnaby Street in London

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Lady’s Expat Thanksgiving Survival Guide

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.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Lady at The Grill at The Dorchester

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.

New Grill at the Dorchester in London

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Lady’s Guide to Christmas Events in London

Winter is not my favorite time of year. As a Californian, I grew up with “winter lite”, a season where scarves were fashion statements and boots were worn with bare legs and miniskirts. But now that I face the annual reality of cold, dark London winters, I have to find ways to cope. As such, I’ve put together a little survival guide for the run-up to Christmas, and today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to Christmas events in London.

Christmas Tree in London

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Lady Commemorates Poppy Day

The week I moved to London I noticed a strange phenomenon: everyone I passed on the street wore a red paper flower pinned to their coat. Being new to the city, I wasn’t sure what to make of this. Was it a fashion trend? A local tradition? Somebody help a foreign girl out! After much observation, I learned that these pins were poppies, and they were worn in honor of Poppy Day.

Poppies at the Tower of London

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Lady at Acciuga Restaurant

With all the hot new restaurants in London this year, it’s been easy to focus on new openings. But from Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone to Palomar in Soho, some restaurants are getting so hard to get into that if you’re not an A-list celebrity, you can forget about booking a table. Which is why it’s always nice to have local neighborhood restaurants to turn to when your name doesn’t start with Lindsay and end with Lohan. One such place is Acciuga restaurant in Kensington.

Acciuga Restaurant in London

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Lady at Bob Bob Ricard

There’s nothing like a press-for-champagne button to get me excited about a night out in London. While said buttons can be found at a few restaurants around the city, the ones at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho have always been my favorites. And now that Bob Bob Ricard has opened a Club Room for dining and champagne-fueled entertainment, I can’t resist a trip back to press the button again.

Bob Bob Ricard Club Room in London

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Lady at the Columbia Road Flower Market

When I go to the markets in London, I’m usually looking for food. From Broadway Market to Borough Market, Maltby Street Market to the Marylebone Farmers’ Market, I love browsing through the bright colors and fresh produce. But there’s one London market that doesn’t focus on food that still gives me the same feeling of excitement: the Columbia Road Flower Market.

Columbia Road Flower Market in London

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Lady in the Mews

Before I moved to London, I associated the city with its major monuments. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral were the first things I thought of when the word “London” came to mind. But ever since I moved here, I’ve come to appreciate the city’s more subtle highlights. In particular, the mewses.

Kynance Mews in London

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Lady at Maltby Street Market

There’s a problem with London’s markets. The best of them have become victims of their own success, getting so crowded on the weekends that it’s hard to move, let alone breathe. Borough Market, London’s most beloved food market, is a prime example. But just down the road is another market that has the best of Borough without all the crowds: Maltby Street Market.

Maltby Street Market

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Lady in Spitalfields

With Scotland voting for independence this week, devolution is a hot topic in the UK. And according to survey results published in the Evening Standard, 20% of Londoners think the city could even be its own country. The figure rises to 44% among 25 to 34-year-olds. Now that I have British citizenship and can actually vote, I’m wondering if I would support independence for London, because sometimes the city feels so big it’s overwhelming. London’s neighborhoods emanate endlessly from the Thames, and each one is so unique that the country of London would have many cities. If that were the case, one of the best would be Spitalfields.

Spitalfields Market in London

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Lady at Gymkhana

It’s not every year that an Indian restaurant wins Restaurant of the Year in the UK’s National Restaurant Awards. But this year is that year, and Gymkhana restaurant in London’s Mayfair is the first Indian restaurant to claim the prestigious title. This week I have the opportunity to go there, and I can’t wait to see if the restaurant lives up to the hype.

Biryani at Gymkhana Restaurant in London

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