I am off to London this week, so I decided to catch up with my dear pal Rebecca Slater who runs the travel company Rebecca Recommends. If you need to know about all of the most fabulous and fun places to visit in Great Britain, Rebecca is your go-to gal. Here, she shares her suggestions for a visit to London right now.
What are your three favorite restaurants in London right now and why?
Trinity Restaurant in the heart of Clapham Old Town overlooking the Common. I love the open frontage of the restaurant on sunny days and chef-owner Adam Byatt serves two delicious tasting menus which are extremely good value. The Anchor & Hope: This gastro pub serves a British nose-to-tail menu in a lively atmosphere next to the Old Vic theater, pre & post theatre, next to the Old Vic. La Poule au Pot is an institution. It’s romantic and slightly chaotic but offers truly delicious dining. Plus, I love the shops and other restaurants on Pimlico Road and Ebury Street.
What is your favorite museum right now and why?
The V&A is an all-time classic but with a contemporary attitude. The spectacular architecture is reason enough to visit, let alone the incredible array of galleries and exhibits to feast your eyes upon. Plus, there is so much else in the area as well, including the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and the Serpentine.
What is your favorite tucked-away gem? I personally love the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Wimbledon Car Boot Sale and Julie’s Restaurant & Champagne Bar.
North of the river, Kenwood House has amazing views over London in 112 acres of parkland. I also love the Tricycle Theatre with its small venue and shows that often transfer to the West End stages. Plus, I adore the Everyman Cinema and the Burgh House & Hampstead Museum.
What are your favorite neighborhoods to explore and why?
Hampstead. I never get bored with it. There is great history and architecture. Shopping, food, cinema, theatre and, of course, Hampstead Heath. There are guided walks around the village on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. This is a great way to see any part of London.
Kensington. I love Kensington Palace, and don’t forget to take tea at The Orangery. The fabulous church of St Mary Abbots, antiquing on Kensington Church Street and drinks at Julie’s—also on your list!
Favorite place for breakfast?
The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen before 9:30 a.m. Sample excellent eggs Florentine overlooking the stunning setting of The Serpentine in Hyde Park. After, head to South Carriage Drive where the outdoor horse arena is located to see the Household Cavalry appear at 10:30 a.m. (sharp) as they head off to mount The Queen’s Lifeguard at Horseguards Parade. There are no crowds, and it’s a great photo opportunity.
Favorite place for a cocktail?
The Goring Bar: A great atmosphere from 6 p.m. with a local crowd of all ages. Plus, delicious canapés are offered to guests while enjoying a cocktail. On a sunny day sit in the garden or on the veranda. The Portrait Bar at the National Portrait Gallery: Fantastic views over London.
Favorite park and why?
Battersea Park. July saw the opening of the Old English Garden at Battersea Park, sponsored by Jo Malone (the company) and planted and maintained by the gardening charity Thrive, under the design of Sarah Price. The garden is open to anyone for free and is the most glorious space.