Spring is here and I’m itching to travel. But while it’s easy to look abroad for seasonal sunshine, some of my favorite places to visit in spring are within an hour or two of London. England comes alive with color and life around this time, and every year I try to travel to as many of my favorite towns and gardens as I can. If you want to experience the best of the season, today I bring you 5 lovely spring day trips from London.
Spring has arrived in London! The daffodils are out in the parks and the days are getting longer and warmer every week. If you’ll be traveling to the UK capital in the next few months and want an insider’s guide to what to bring, here’s my spring packing list for London. These 5 things will help you pack light and arrive ready to live (and look) like a local.
I know what you’re thinking: a weekend in Leicester? And you wouldn’t be alone. Even the locals thought it was a bit odd. But I’m in this underdog of a city for two good reasons, and while I’m here I find a whole lot more to make me want to stay.
Video time! I had such a great weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon that I want to share a bit more about it. As such, today I bring you a Stratford-upon-Avon video, complete with a virtual tour around town.
I know I’m in Stratford-upon-Avon as soon as I see the swans. Their white feathers glide back and forth as canal boats motor under bridges and past theaters. The birds barely give me a glance as I walk alongside them, but even their indifference can’t dampen my enthusiasm for this place. It’s my third visit to the town, but my first that will be long enough to take it all in. I have a whole weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon, and I’m determined to see everything.
When I think of my favorite London neighborhoods, Notting Hill always comes to mind. The area offers the perfect mix of everything I love about London, from markets and mews to good food and great nights out. I’ve been spending a lot of time there lately to soak up its colorful houses and atmospheric streets, and today I want to share some of my favorite things to do in Notting Hill.
I was struck by something when I traveled to Washington, D.C. last month. Going through the museums, I noticed that the (European) history of the United States only went back a few centuries. It made perfect sense given the Pilgrims arrived in 1620, but it threw London’s long past into relief for me. I’ve always been fascinated by London’s history, and being in DC made me appreciate its heritage even more. I’ve paid particular attention to it since coming home, and today I want to share my highlights of London architecture through the centuries.
I have a knack for exploring London neighborhoods on the coldest days of the year. It snowed when I roamed around Belsize Park, and my fingers nearly froze when I shot a video of Covent Garden. But London is so amazing that no amount of frostbite can discourage me from discovering new areas. To prove it, today I’m risking fingers and toes to find the loveliest things to do in Highgate.
So you’re coming to London. You have your passport ready, your flights booked, and your hotel sorted. You’re excited to touch down and start exploring the UK capital. But first you have to pack. And while that might be easy for some, it could be daunting for you. If it is, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to how to pack for London. Wherever you’re traveling from and however long you’re staying, it can help.