You have no idea how long I’ve been avoiding writing this blog post. I’ve been telling myself to write a City of London guide for years, but there’s a problem: it’s intimidating. The historic heart of London has so many layers and secrets that I always feel like it’s too big to tackle. But that’s changing today.
I love exploring London on foot. For me the city’s beauty lies in its details, and there’s no better way to see them than by walking. I know many of you feel the same, so over the next two weeks I want to share my 3 favorite London walks with you. I’ll start with a self-guided walk in Hampstead and continue with walks in Kensington and Notting Hill.
My boyfriend calls Victoria the dead center of London. It’s right in the heart of the city, but there’s not much going on. Until recently, that is. The neighborhood has been a construction zone for years, and it’s finally emerging from the dust with a load of new offerings. In case you haven’t been in a while, here’s A Lady in London’s guide to Victoria.
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.
One of the best things about London is that each neighborhood has its own personality. No matter what mood I’m in there’s an area to suit it. And not just in the city center, either. Some of the most exciting London neighborhoods are outside Zone 1. If you want to dig deeper into the city’s character, here are 11 under-the-radar London neighborhoods for you to explore.
I’ve fallen in love with a little mews in Ladbroke Grove, London. The cobbled street has everything I love about the city, from pink and purple doors to perfectly rambling houses. I could stay here all day trying to get the quintessential photo, but there’s more to Ladbroke Grove than just this tiny slice of sweetness. Which is why I bring you A Lady in London’s reasons to discover Ladbroke Grove.
Sometimes I’m amazed at how long I’ve been living in London. What often feels like a few months has actually been eight years, and the city has changed a lot in that time. When I first arrived, there wasn’t much to do around King’s Cross, but the area has been revitalized beyond recognition. Now I find myself there all the time to meet friends or just explore. So here’s a little guide to what’s new, from the best King’s Cross restaurants, bars, and cafes to the area’s prettiest squares, secret courtyards, and colorful streets.