Category Archives: Explore London

London’s Specialty Shops

Written by guest contributor Melissa Holt. Shopping in London can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re in the mood to discover something different. When you’re looking for a gift or have extra money burning a hole in your wallet, your fallback stores might not suffice. Besides, part of London’s charm is its sheer size and diversity … Read more

Cycle the City

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Written by Melissa Holt, our very first guest contributor. Even after the honeymoon phase has passed, taking public transit in London can be exciting. You find yourself relishing: bus rides along unknown side-streets and their broad branches of trees; the rush of wind through still-mysterious underground tunnels; even the crush of people joining your morning commute. … Read more

Proms in the Park

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In 1851, Prince Albert launched the Great Exhibition—England’s first world fair and a precursor to the cultural and artistic institutions now housed in South Kensington. With glistening white flats and enviable proximity to Hyde Park, South Ken is more than a cultural Mecca: it’s one of London’s finest neighborhoods, where cozy pubs are authentic watering … Read more

Dorset Square Hotel Opens in Marylebone

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The Dorset Square Hotel has opened, with thirty-eight individually appointed bedrooms tucked inside an historic Regency townhouse. Many guest rooms overlook the property’s private garden—the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. What many don’t realize is that the Dorset Square Hotel joins the ranks of other exceptional boutique London hotels: the Charlotte, Covent Garden, … Read more

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas is upon us, heralded by dismally dark days, festive lights and gingerbread lattes topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. This time of year is one of my favorites in London. I love meandering along Regent Street beneath dazzling lights, where I can’t help but indulge my inner child at Hamleys before building an age-appropriate … Read more

Affordable Art Fair: Coming Soon to Battersea Park

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I was never given much decorative leeway over my childhood bedroom, so going to college was my first real opportunity to harness whatever inner design or style existed. I can’t say that I discovered much, nor did I progress with any sense of originality: my dorm room looked like that of every Southern sorority girl. … Read more

From Cheyne Walk to Battersea: the "London Walks" Trial

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An old friend and former expat recently loaned me her collection of City Walks: London which has quickly become my new best friend on quiet Saturday afternoons. The collection of hand-sized cards recommends routes across central London and beyond, each with historical and cultural information alongside neatly presented directions. I should, at this stage, anticipate … Read more

An Afternoon at the Heath

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London is a city of parks, and I’ve long been a fan of lazy meandering walks through Hyde Park, among others. Despite my appreciation for the city’s central green spots, it took me nearly a year of living in London before my first visit to the Heath. Hampstead Heath shouldn’t really be discussed in the … Read more

The Snazzy Serpentine

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Big house, nice car, spacious yard, and a private pool: such dreams propel many people forward. The safety and privacy that go along with a nice home and backyard are worthy goals, and the constant shuffle of city life often makes me long for a solitary drive or an afternoon spent reading in a quiet … Read more

Rediscover Central London

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Spending genuine, extended time in a particular place affords you the benefit of feeling like a local. You come to discover favorite destinations and learn how to avoid the traps. Despite the obvious advantages involved with this position, I would submit that there are a few, discreet disadvantages. The first is snobbery (“I would never … Read more