Collected by Linda Melluish
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
Wake up and smell the roses in London! Every Sunday, from 8am to 3pm, Columbia Road comes alive with the fragrant scents of myriad flowers. Be captivated by the eye-catching and gorgeous blooms, and also venture into one or two of the quaint shops...
18 Folgate St, London E1 6BX, UK
There is no sign for Denis Severs' House. Walk down Folgate Street in Spitalfields, look for a flickering gas lamp over a relatively nondescript door, and knock. Wait. Eventually, someone will come to the door and welcome you into the past. It...
Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH, UK
During a recent visit to London’s Camden Town, an unusual structure immediately caught our eye as the focus of a brand new complex. Rising out from the ashes of 2008’s horrendous Camden fire, the modern three-level glass building was certainly in...
29 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DH, UK
While everyone and their mother (and aunt and grandmother) are on the waiting list to have afternoon tea at Brown's or Claridge's some time next April, head to Soho for the no-longer-a-secret-but-still-unknown tea room inside the Coach &...
160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB, UK
It's pronounced "Wool-zee," and it's a former showroom for the smart old cars that bear its name. Now a restaurant, it's been restored to its original 1930s glamour with a gorgeous art deco slant. If you want a true taste of old Mayfair and St...
Upper St, London N1 2TX, UK
If you've had a long day shopping on Upper Street (and why wouldn't you), St Mary's churchyard is a lovely secret spot, just off the main drag, where you can sit on a bench and rest your weary feet. It's so hidden I only found it recently despite...
Woolwich, London, UK
The Capital Ring is a 75-mile walking route that encircles London and that you can join for as much or as little as you want. It's a little-known gem—I'm one of the few Londoners I know who've walked it—and depending on which segment you pick, it...
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA, UK
The blue plaques dotted on the walls of buildings across London are little delights, a small reminder of just how historic this city is. From Mozart to Charles Dickens to Winston Churchill and beyond, the plaques commemorate the places where...
Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan Castle sits in a remote loch in the Scottish Highlands. Dating back many centuries, it is the seat of the MacLean clan. The scenery around and the location of the castle makes it the perfect picture postcard.
8A Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2HF, UK
Up for a long day at the museums near South Kensington? Resist going into a smelly-ale pub to fuel up on energy for the more quaint and charming Fernandez & Wells. It feels indie, even though there are several locations throughout the city....
42 Gloucester Ave, Camden Town, London NW1 8JD, UK
The Primrose Hill location is my original favorite, but the one in Hamstead Heath is equally lovely. The homemade marmalade (with grapefruit and seville oranges) is amazing. And they have prepared and packaged treats to take away. The design is...
26 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4AY, UK
It’s apt that St. JOHN’s flagship restaurant is located in a former bacon smokehouse on the fringes of Smithfield meat market; chef Fergus Henderson’s menu explores every cut of meat imaginable. The restaurant itself is...
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK
While on vacation to London several years ago, I decided on a whim to e-mail one of my personal artistic heroes, Graham Rust, one of the most famous trompe l'oeil mural painters in the world. Not only did he respond; he suggested that we meet at...
49-50 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ, UK
In many ways, the Zetter Townhouse is the quintessential British hotel: quiet and unobtrusive from the outside, playful and witty within. Its exterior is the picture of buttoned-up gentility, a handsome Georgian townhouse at the far end of St...
1 Hamilton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J, UK
At the Arch Bar and Wellington Lounge in London's Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel, high tea is served without the tea. Order the Poor Man's Punch if you fancy gin and you may find you can never go back to drinking alcohol from a tumbler. Arriving...
27 Bruton St, Mayfair, London W1J 6QN, UK
I've always been a fan of British designer Alice Temperley's whimsical style. Her pieces always have that special attention to detail—gorgeous fabrics, hand finishes. And her style straight out of a bohemian fairytale. Ms. Temperley launched her...
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