Your guide to: London, England
Harrods department store “Harrods is still one of my favorite places to shop and everyone should experience it when they come to London. We shopped there all the time when we lived on Hamilton Terrace and I stop here every time I’m in town. The Harrods Food Halls downstairs are amazing but it’s also the reason I became vegan at 8 [chuckles]. The butcher department had all of its meats hung on meat hooks, so one smell and that was it for me.
87-135 Brompton Road; +44 20 7730 1234; www.harrods.com
Harvey Nichols “I also enjoy shopping at Harvey Nichols, or Harvey Nicks as the locals call it, for all the current trends.”
109-125 Knightbridge; +44 20 7235 5000; www.harveynichols.com
royal road “There was a time when we lived in a flat on King’s Road where you could see all this avant-garde clothing. It was the beginning of my love for fashion. You can spend the whole day shopping in the shops and boutiques of King’s Road.”
Chelsea, London; www.kingsroadlondon.com
Victoria and Albert Museum “This museum is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and displays all of these amazing artifacts, Renaissance clothing, royal costumes, jewelry, art and much more.”
Cromwell Road; +44 20 7942 2000; www.vam.ac.uk
Theatreland, London’s West End “The West End is the perfect place to see musicals and plays in the wonderful array of [almost 40] theaters.
The boundaries are The Strand, Oxford Street, Regent Street and Kingsway; to view show times and buy tickets: www.londontheatre.co.uk
Tate Britain Gallery “The Tate is above all art. There are plenty of famous plays there and best of all, it’s free – but you need to book tickets in advance.
Millbank, London +44 20 7887 8888; www.tate.org.uk
The Lanesborough Hotel “There are so many beautiful hotels in London but I love staying at the Lanesborough. It’s kind of a small hotel, which I love, and was actually a hospital before it was completely renovated.
Hyde Park Corner, Lanesborough Place; +44 20 7259 5599; www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/the-lanesborough
Hyde Park “I love walking around Hyde Park. It’s beautiful and there’s lots to see. A really nice way to spend an afternoon and feel like a local.”
Central London; www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park
The Dorchester “I always like to go to afternoon teas at the Dorchester. The high tea is the reason I fell in love with cucumber sandwiches. When we moved to the States no one knew what to do with me because I looked like no one else with my British accent and all I wanted to eat was cucumber sandwiches on wheat bread .
53 Park Alley; +44 20 7629 8888; www.dorchestercollection.com
Petticoat Lane Market “My dad and I used to like going to Petticoat Lane which is a shopping area similar to the Rose Bowl Flea Market [in Pasadena, CA]. You can find all sorts of unique things.
Between Middlesex and Goulston streets in the district of Spitalfields; www.londontown.com/LondonInformation/Attraction/Petticoat_Lane