Autumn Checklist: Packing For London In The Fall

Autumn Checklist: Packing For London In The Fall

Because of the mild weather, fall is a great time to visit London; however, you do need to be prepared for varying temperatures and a bit of rain. Generally speaking, the days are mild and still long (daylight savings doesn’t end until the end of October.) That said, nights do tend to get a bit chilly, and, of course, there’s that famous British rain. (October is London’s wettest month.) Here’s what you need to remember when packing for London in the Fall. ... Read More

London’s Best Monuments and Statues to See in the City

London’s Best Monuments and Statues to See in the City

Any first time visitor to London will tell you that the city is positively jammed with impressive monuments, statues and memorials. But though they’re often visually interesting to look at, these statues are even more impressive when you know a bit more about them. Here, we’re looking at a few of London’s best monuments and statues and at the fascinating histories and stories behind them.  ... Read More

Festivities, Feathers and Fun: The First-Timer’s Guide to Notting Hill Carnival

Festivities, Feathers and Fun: The First-Timer’s Guide to Notting Hill Carnival

Each summer at the end of August, the usually quiet, aristocratic neighborhood of Notting Hill transforms into a high-energy hotbed of revelry and becomes the site of London’s biggest celebration and outdoor party: It’s time to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival. Here’s everything you need to know to have a wild first-time experience at this epic, weekend-long street party. ... Read More

The Kensington Guide For Kings: Live Like Royalty In London’s Most Regal Neighborhood

The Kensington Guide For Kings: Live Like Royalty In London’s Most Regal Neighborhood

Kensington is one of London’s most elegant and exclusive neighborhoods. It’s even the official home of royalty: Members of the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Will and Kate) call Kensington their home. Given the prestigiousness of its residents, Kensington makes for an ideal setting for pushing out the boat. Here’s your Kensington guide: ... Read More

Timeless Glamour: The Best Vintage and Designer Consignment Shops in London

Timeless Glamour: The Best Vintage and Designer Consignment Shops in London

London can be an absolute treasure trove for shoppers on the hunt for designer secondhand goodies and unique vintage pieces. Yes, you will need to do a bit of digging, but a little perseverance is rewarded with affordable fashion and completely singular style. Here are a few of our favorite hidden-gem vintage, secondhand and designer consignment shops in London. ... Read More

Stay Cool: The Best Ice Cream in London

Stay Cool: The Best Ice Cream in London

The temperature is rising in London, making now the perfect season to indulge in some ice-cold frozen treats. (Though to be honest, there’s never a wrong time to splurge on some ice cream.) Whether you’re after a basic vanilla cone or something more Instagram-worthy, you’ll find it all at these shops scooping up and dolling out the best ice cream in London. ... Read More

Ready For Liftoff: How To Get From Gatwick Airport To London

Ready For Liftoff: How To Get From Gatwick Airport To London

Gatwick Airport is one of London’s major international airports. After Heathrow Airport, Gatwick is the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Though it’s smaller in size than Heathrow (it only has two terminals, North and South, compared to Heathrow’s five), it can still be a challenge to navigate. Here’s what you need to know to get yourself from Gatwick airport to London. ... Read More

Feeling French: Here’s How to Celebrate Bastille Day in London

Feeling French: Here’s How to Celebrate Bastille Day in London

There is a massive French population in London. In fact, with an estimated 300,000 French citizens, London has more French nationals living in it than the cities of Bordeaux, Nantes and Strasbourg. French president Emmanuel Macron called London France’s “sixth city” in terms of its French population size, and it’s thought that more French people live in London than any other city outside of France. It’s no surprise then that Bastille Day, the national day of France celebrated annually on July 14, is a big deal in London. ... Read More

9 Examples of Stunning Architecture in London

9 Examples of Stunning Architecture in London

The annual London Festival of Architecture takes place in June. As the world’s biggest architecture-based festival, it makes sense that it’s held in London since London is one of the world’s most fascinating capitals from an architectural standpoint. From timeless Tudors to gravity-defying skyscrapers, the architecture in London is at once historic, diverse, influential and creative. ... Read More

What’s Up With The Hats And Fascinators? The Tradition Of British Millinery

What’s Up With The Hats And Fascinators? The Tradition Of British Millinery

Hats and fascinators (ornamental headwear) are as much a part of British culture as tea and scones. With the summer wedding season fast approaching, we’re taking a look at the British fascination with fascinators and hats, as well as rounding up a few British millinery spots to check out if you’re in the market for an English hat of your very own. Happy shopping! ... Read More

Guide to Wimbledon: Top Tips For Enjoying London’s Historic Tennis Tournament

Guide to Wimbledon: Top Tips For Enjoying London’s Historic Tennis Tournament

Nothing beats the excitement and energy of Wimbledon. Even if you’re not planning on attending the tournament, visiting London during Wimbledon is a great idea. The city comes alive with all the excitement of the matches, and there are plenty of Wimbledon-themed activities to enjoy. Regardless of if you’re attending or not, this guide to Wimbledon covers all the basics. ... Read More

Wild London: Where To Find Wildlife In London

Wild London: Where To Find Wildlife In London

London is not only home to over 8 million human residents but also a wild population of animals. Talk about an urban jungle! London’s many green areas and parks play hosts to lots species of birds including pelicans, peacocks and parakeets—and that’s just the start. From stealth urban foxes to majestic stags, here’s where to spy some amazing wildlife in London. ... Read More

5 Lovely London Pub Beer Gardens

5 Lovely London Pub Beer Gardens

Summer is officially on the way in London, and there’s no better place to soak up all that long-awaited sunshine than at a London pub with its very own beer garden. Not all London pubs are blessed with sun-filled outdoor space, so to help you find your very own boozy secret garden, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite London pub beer gardens. Here’s to a brilliant summer in London! ... Read More

A Guide To Trooping the Colour: Happy Birthday to the Queen!

A Guide To Trooping the Colour: Happy Birthday to the Queen!

London loves a bit of royal pomp and circumstance, and if you do as well then you need to celebrate the annual Trooping the Colour this summer. Trooping the Colour, also called the Queen’s Birthday Parade, is an official British military event that celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Here’s everything you need to know about London’s Trooping the Colour. ... Read More

Bright and Brilliant: 7 Sun-Drenched London Vacation Apartment Rentals

Bright and Brilliant: 7 Sun-Drenched London Vacation Apartment Rentals

Most tourists don’t realize that the cold rainy London that everyone loves to complain about is a bit of a myth. London is actually drier (and warmer) than a lot of American cities—through it is often overcast. However, when the sun does make an appearance, the city shines like no other. With big windows, south-facing exposures and high ceilings, these are a few of our favorite London vacation apartment rentals that shine on sunny days. ... Read More

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