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.
There’s something magical about Covent Garden. From the covered markets to the secret side streets, the area appeals to me as much now as it did when I first moved to London. So much so that this week I’ve spent time there shooting footage for a new London video.
I have to admit something. I’m not proud of it, but it needs to be said. I’ve always overlooked London’s Belsize Park. When I lived in Hampstead I saw Belsize as the runner-up that could never quite match its northern neighbor’s beauty. After I moved away I didn’t feel a need to go between Primrose Hill and South End Green. But lately something’s started nagging me, and I’ve been tempted to take a second look. So today I’m here to find a few things to do in Belsize Park. And—spoiler alert—I find far more than just a few.
Fitzrovia always gets me excited. This London neighborhood is one of my favorite places to eat, drink, and explore, and given how central it is I end up there more often than I intend to. But it’s always for a good cause—calories don’t consume and burn themselves, after all. I’ve spent so much time in the area that today I want to let you in on my favorite places. So get ready for a quick guide to Fitzrovia, London.
A lot of people ask me to recommend things to do in London. To help them, I’ve been sharing different London itineraries on the A Lady in London blog over the last few months. The posts have been so popular that today I want to add my 3-day London itinerary to the mix. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, I hope you find inspiration in it.