Kensington Hotel’s Afternoon Tea was the quintessential British tea experience, and was one of our favorite “meals” during our time in London. It was such a pleasure to partake in one of the world’s most iconic Afternoon Tea experiences, and as two lifelong tea drinkers and appreciators, this event was made all the more memorable and enjoyable because we were able to enjoy it together during our Anniversary celebration.
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London is full of fun, fanciful cafés that are perfect for a light afternoon meal or the perfect instagram photo. Here are 5 of my favorite London Cafés, along with my recommendations on what to order at each. What’re your favorite London cafés?
My London Luxury Travel Guide will help you find the best things to eat, see, and do in the city, while ensuring that you know how to travel the city conveniently and safely. Discover Michelin Star restaurants, stunning luxury hotels, fantastic museums, gardens, and architecture, and so much more in this guide at all things elegant.
The Ivy Chelsea is one of the most uniquely appointed restaurants turned garden in the UK, and it’s façade lends a sense of relaxation to this delightful brunch, lunch, and dinner spot on King’s Road in Chelsea. Renowned for their floral exterior and plant laden interior, The Ive Chelsea boasts a menu of modern English staples, fusion cocktails, and is a fun and relaxed brasserie perfect for meeting up with friends, or for a lunch date.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, England is dedicated to all iterations of Sherlock Holmes, but primarily the original writings by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The interior is accessible by stairs, and takes guests up into the 221b Baker Street flat that Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes would have shared between the years 1881-1904. Even those who aren’t fans of the famous detective and his army doctor “partner in solving crime” will enjoy the incredible attention to detail, the enigmatic ambience, and the fascinating history of the building itself.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London, England is the most biodiverse place on Earth, with more than 50,000 different species of living plants, more than 8 million pressed and preserved plants, and over a billion preserved seeds inside this beautiful, 250 year old former palace complex turned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We were in London during the hottest day on record in the United Kingdom, and I wore this flouncy blue and white Free People dress paired with a straw hat to keep cool. We spent this blazingly hot day under the sun exploring the city, and had such a wonderful time.
We donned red for our first evening in London, after hopping off a 7 hour plane ride, to go enjoy a meal in London’s South Kensington neighborhood. After a long flight, I needed a pop of color to feel energized, so I hit the town wearing a red dress, red Tieks and my favorite From St. Xavier handbag which is completely handcrafted, featuring a luxurious red velvet interior, and beautiful golden-bronze exterior expertly crafted with a gorgeous filigree pattern.
The Kensington Hotel Luxury Hotel in South Kensington, London, United Kingdom has been repeatedly voted to be the best urban luxury hotel in the United Kingdom. From its gorgeous interior and exterior, to the impeccable service and fine dining, it’s easy to see why The Kensington Hotel is a favorite of luxury travelers the world over.
What is a Michelin star restaurant? Restaurants that earn a Michelin Star are the best of the best in the culinary world, often times boasting signature dishes, incredible atmospheres, world renowned chefs, beautiful and skillful plating, and of course phenomenal cuisine. How does the ranking system work, and who determines how many stars to award restaurants? What happens to a restaurant when they earn a Michelin star, or when they lose one? How many Michelin starred restaurants are in the world, and which cities have the most? I’m going to answer all of these questions and more for you, so you know exactly how this system works, and why it’s one of the most coveted awards in the world.
I have always loved classical music. In fact, one of the first things Robin and I did when we started dating was to visit Chicago to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess, which was an four movement symphony and orchestral rendition of the beautiful compositions from the Legend of Zelda franchise (we’re both huge nerds, and we met at Comic Con!). Since then, we’ve seen all manner of orchestra and classical performances, from an event where they played the new Star Trek movies above a live orchestra that supplied the stirring movie score, to making it a point to enjoy local orchestras when we travel, we love seeing performances like these. When I heard that there would be a unique, entirely candlelit quartet performing spooky pieces of classical music in Detroit, I immediately purchased tickets.