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40 (perfect) hours in London



Brown’s Hotel. Perfect Mayfair location, light airy rooms and excellent Concierge.

Dover Street Market, five-floor Comme des Garçons concept store. Yes, also Topshop!

Lunch at Aubaine, 31 Dover Street.  Gorgeous decor of dove grey and cappuccino, esthetic accents provided by lovely sinful desserts, picturesque breads and wafting scents from the aforementioned. My recommendation: wild mushroom and truffle risotto.

A sighting, through historic buildings, of Big Ben.  A fond nod to monuments and spaces made famous by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code, (can’t help myself).

Tea at Claridge’s, a classic for a reason.

A play, followed by a musical the next night. After performance dinner at The Ivy, not your Grandmother’s Shepherd’s Pie, and Indian at Veeraswamy, as modern and lovely today as  when it opened in 1926. If only they would provide a parting gift of a turban from their stunning collection. Visions of Elizabeth Taylor, 1960’s India.

Once every dog year (seven years), I risk it all and pedicab from the performance to dinner. Think Mister Toad’s wild ride through the streets of London!

A visit to the Royal Academy,  as I loved the previous Hockney exhibit.

The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, for “British Glamour since 1950”, happily as dreamy as the recent Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, photo exhibition.  It was a thrill to crouch down in front of photos and see the retouching (prefillers).  It pays to listen closely to, and extrapolate from, the audio tours.  And please do not miss the Monarchy Jewel exhibit at Buckingham Palace. I will be holding court in the lovely state rooms. Yes, a  fantasy!

Stop in at Holland and Holland and my personal favorite, Farlows fly fishing shop, By appointment to HRH., the Prince of Wales. You don’t have to fish to outfit yourself in their traditional outerwear.  Channel your inner Brit, take home a jacket for morning walks, anywhere.  I do have my eye on a 2-weight rod suggested by Angus.

And lastly, a nighttime activity ONLY. Armed with metallic-colored hard crayon, flyers collected from your adventures or hotel stationery, access your inner antitagger and create a keepsake from London.  Rub your way back to the hotel by creating a collage of raised script, designs and my favorite – store-listed Royal accommodations.  Hold paper over desired emblem and rub. Please use caution; if approached by a Bobby, smile and plead guilty of being swept away by magical London. It will go a long way, I promise.

PS. Share it with someone you love, Cheers!


Photo by Len Williams and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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