Category Archives: Travel

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

Country Getaway—Devon’s Hotel Endsleigh

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I’ve been sitting on one of England’s best kept secrets for nearly a year, uncharacteristically hoarding a highly valuable piece of information. For many long months, I contemplated today’s disclosure, unable to decide whether the Hotel Endsleigh was better served by increased publicity or whether, in the spirit of its minimalist website and understated vibe, … Read more

My African Adventure

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I wanted to explain my rather extended absence from my beloved Expat’s Guide. Although I’ve been here in spirit, walking the streets of southwest London and harnessing key insights for future posts, I’ve been very far away indeed. After leaving my job a few months ago, I decided to spend some time in Africa, a … Read more

Go West Young Man…Cornwall Awaits

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Visitors to England often make the mistake of solely treating London like a convenient launchpad for European travel. With Ryanair and Easyjet at their doorsteps, tourists and residents alike spend myriad vacations jet-setting around Europe and the globe. The proposition is admittedly attractive, particularly during the dreary winter months, but travelers need remember that quaint … Read more

Where to Stay: South Kensington

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Over the years, my parents have paid me multiple visits in London…first to see me as a student, then as a working college graduate, and years later as a “grown up” city lawyer. I initially lived in a humble, yet well-located, flat in South Kensington. A flat, I might add, that was designed for 3 … Read more

Weekend Jaunt to Dublin

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I spent nearly all of Friday listening to Van Morrison rock out with the Chieftains on “Irish Heartbeat,” giddily anticipating my weekend in Dublin. Reflecting on past trips, I initially recalled walks up Grafton Street, views from atop the famous Guinness Storehouse and the elegance of Trinity Library. Liberated by the fact that I had … Read more

Luxury Getaways

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I was back in the States last April and found myself garnering unwanted attention at a party when people overheard me explaining upcoming weekend plans to friends, “I’m flying back to London on Sunday, and then I’m renting a Tuscan villa with friends for my birthday next weekend.” It does–objectively–sound like an extraordinarily decadent venture … Read more