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?
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My London 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.
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.
Arguably Scotland’s most famous castle, Eilean Donan is one of the world’s most photographed castles. It appears in numerous films and TV shows like Highlander, James Bond – The World is Not Enough, and many others, also making it one of the most filmed castles in Scotland. Built sometime in the early 1200s, the castle was destroyed in 1719, and rebuilt by 1932, and is now one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks.
This guide to understanding how much and when to tip in the United States will help demystify the bizarre and antiquated tipping culture, help you calculate the appropriate gratuity amounts, and make sense of why the amount on your bill is different from listed prices in spas, hotels, restaurants, salons, cafés, cruise ships, and more. Whether you’re a US citizen trying to wrap your head around tipping, or you’re visiting for the first time and don’t want to offend anyone, this guide will go through practically every scenario where tipping is involved, or isn’t involved, and will help you ensure you’re giving the correct amount.
Fushimi Inarir Taisha Shrine is perhaps Japan’s most famous and photographed shrine. This beautiful collection of thousands of red torii gates, which wind up and around Kyoto’s Mt. Inari, leads visitors through breathtaking views of the city of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital city, and offers incredible insight into Japanese culture and traditions. Read on to see how to reach the shrine, what to do at the shrine, where to eat near the shrine, and much more.