A Book Lover’s Tour of London

Daunt Books has a quiet hushed atmosphere.

The English do love to read. And nowhere is this more evident than in London Town’s plethora of bookshops. Although I long ago tapped out London’s most noteworthy tourist sights (and many of a lesser degree) I still schedule a hedonistic day or two of book shop browsing when I’m passing through London. Bookshops are spread widely throughout London’s suburbs, so you can waste a lot of subway ... Read Full Article

Posh London Has a New Home: The Beaumont Hotel

The lobby of the Beaumont Hotel in London

London: globally significant for being a central hub of finance, culture, history – not to mention shopping. As such, there is no shortage of fabulous places to stay when hopping across the pond. However, we’ve fallen especially hard for one newly opened hotel, with a crush so intense we can only compare it to seeing Love Actually for the first time or slathering clotted cream across a scone. ... Read Full Article

Getting Nautical in Greenwich

The grand buildings of Greenwich contrasted with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf on the other side of the river

There are many ways to reach the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London. You can take the bus, or the underground, or the futuristic Docklands Light Railway. Or, in keeping with the strong naval heritage of the area, you can take a boat. Along with the profusion of tourist cruises on offer, commuter boats stop at Greenwich pier, and it is by far the best way to get an overview of the area. ... Read Full Article

Take a New Look at Arty London

The Bertrand Lavier Fountain 2014  at the Serpentine Galleries

London galleries and museums are more often than not an overwhelming experience - an endless parade of disoriented visitors blocking your view and usually accompanied by a busy soundtrack of camera clicks. But there’s a different and far more interesting art and design game being played in a handful of addresses, mostly a stone’s throw from the main thoroughfare. With a little effort, you can ... Read Full Article

A Tour of London’s Street Art

Crane by Belgian artist Roa

Next time you're in the East End, take a moment to soak up London's street art. It's bold, witty and often subversive, much like the city itself. The works of artists who revel in pseudonyms like Jimmy C, Stik, Ronzo and, of course, Banksy, have turned the formerly mean streets of Spitalfields and Shoreditch into a continually evolving open air art gallery. Once, not so long ago, the East ... Read Full Article

A Victorian Valhalla: Meeting London’s Famous Dead at Highgate Cemetery

Visitors come to a dead stop when they first see the gateway to Egyptian Avenue. Flanked by two pairs of columns with lotus bud capitals and a forbidding overhead archway, it leads to the “Street of the Dead”.

London’s renowned Highgate Cemetery exudes its own distinct spirit as you stroll through its long, narrow winding gravel paths. Shaded by a forest canopy of ancient, leafy, towering oaks, alders, willows, and silver birch and chestnut trees, you can see all of England’s quintessential natural beauty within the 37-acre confines of this park-like necropolis. At Highgate, nature’s ground cover ... Read Full Article

Eight Ways to Beat Jet Lag in London

Up at the O2 Arena

Thanks to free museums and stunning architecture, London is frequently the first stop for many travelers going to Europe. This means that London is also where many travelers face jet lag. Thankfully, this dynamic city offers plenty of fun and surprising activities to keep you awake, from climbing to the top of its O2 Arena for a bird’s-eye view to sipping some of the best coffee in the world. Here ... Read Full Article

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

17th century house

You’ve got to hand it to the English—they do a marvelous job of preserving their heritage, especially in museums. But the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum has taken preservation of ancient buildings to a whole new level. In the middle of the rolling green hills of rural Sussex, about 50 miles southwest of London, you’ll find an enormous 50-acre farm dotted with 45 historic homes, farms, and ... Read Full Article

Kensington Palace: Romance, Tragedy and Scandal in the Royal Residence

Kensington Palace in London

On a recent visit to London, I only had a morning to spend sight-seeing so I chose a visit to Kensington Palace. I had no idea when I went there how much I would learn about the romance, tragedy and scandals of the royalty who had occupied the palace over the centuries. Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since the 17th century and some of the most important moments in royal ... Read Full Article

London’s Alexandra Palace: The People’s Palace

The Alexandra Palace

When I was a youngster, growing up during WWII, every evening I’d sit in my grandparent’s kitchen and together we’d listen to the wavering voice of the BBC broadcasting the war news from London England. My father was serving as a chaplain at a field hospital in Holland. So after the news,Grandpa and I would put coloured tacks on a map over the table that showed, from the news, where the action of ... Read Full Article