Whether you’re hopping on the famous Ferris wheel or spending the day strolling the side streets like a local, you’ll feel like royalty in the Swinging City this season.
Like the English writer Samuel Johnson said it so well in the 18th century, “When a man is weary of London, he is weary of life” – and even today the city always has a few new tricks up its sleeve. While it’s impossible to see and do everything in one visit, by staying in South Kensington and planning your days strategically, you can cover a lot of ground. Don’t forget a pair of good walking shoes.
The Hotel is a short walk from must-see sites like Kensington Palace and Gardensthe Victoria and Albert Museumand the fashion hubs of Harrods and Harvey Nichols. But even for the old-timers, it’s worth strolling down Sloane Street to see the shop fronts adorned with the absurdly charming flowers that have grown along Elizabeth Street and nearby flag roadwhere several city blocks have been transformed into a pedestrianized street of shops and cafes, including Granger & Co.the spot of the day in London for lunch.
It might be a bit touristy, but one way to tick a lot of boxes is to take a ride on the London eye, the famous 443-foot closed Ferris wheel. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, it offers aerial views of the city’s greatest hits, Grand-Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the glass office building that locals call the Pickle. From there it’s a 20 minute walk along the Embankment to the Tate Modernwhere Cornelia Parker’s large-scale installations are on display until October.
A little further on is Bloomsbury, which beckons with the English Museum– home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles and one of the most comprehensive collections of art and artifacts in the world. Take a five-minute stroll down the road and you’ll find a new addition to the neighborhood: the charming and quirky Bloomsbury Hotelwhere you can enjoy a high tea on the Dalloway Terrace or have lunch in the Coral Room, which have quickly become two of the most Instagrammed spaces in London.
Despite the reputation of English cuisine, London has some of the best cuisine in the world, from fish and chips to Cadogan Weaponsa twice-baked cheese soufflé Ivyor the superb Polish dumplings of Ognisko. Meanwhile, a stroll through the Shepherd’s Bush open-air market will lead you to extraordinary Ethiopian cuisine at Delina.
Wherever you end up stopping for a bite to eat, be sure to leave time for one of this city’s great joys: simply wandering around, allowing it to delight and surprise. It may be a cliché, but it’s also true that there is no place like London.
JetBlue launches non-stop service from Logan to London Heathrow in August, but if you can’t wait that long, many airlines, including British Airways, Delta and United, also fly direct.
A group of Victorian terraced houses, the Hotel exudes contemporary glamour. The location in the heart of one of London’s swankiest neighborhoods, meanwhile, is within walking distance of Knightsbridge’s main museums, sights, and shops.