Yes, I returned to London yet again! In the last 12 months, I think I have been to London about 5 times. I truly feel like I belong in London, which is probably why I keep finding excuses to return. This was my first time truly visiting London in winter, and it is still such a magical place. We began our UK visit by visiting Tor’s family. My brother-in-law and his family do not live too far outside of London, so of course we were craving some quality family time. The fact that it rained the entire time didn’t bother us. Laughing, drinking wine, and eating delicious home cooked food in great company was the best part. We also may or may not had been trying to convince our family that they need to visit Iceland, since we had just flown in from Reykjavik.
If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you’ll know that for the last three months I have been obsessed (more like OBSESSED) with the Netflix series The Crown. My husband jokes that I have become their unofficial promoter or publicist since it’s almost the only thing I like to talk about. Originally, we weren’t planning on spending much time in London. We originally booked a trip to visit the Cotswolds, but Tor could tell I was itching to get back to London after all my Crown binges, so we changed our plans at the last minute. I am a huge royal history buff (Tor and I just started Victoria and Secrets of the Six Wives on PBS), so of course with our trip to London we had to revisit my favorite royal sites including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle (both heavily featured in The Crown).
We usually stay in the Knightsbridge or Mayfair area. I prefer taking subways over taxis, and we stayed at a hotel with a close proximity to a very convenient Underground station (Green Park) as well as the iconic Buckingham Palace. We had a decadent afternoon tea fit for royalty at The Lanesborough just a few blocks away from Buckingham Palace (the hotel looks like a grand palace itself!) with The Rollinson London and Victoria Metaxas (see my previous work with Victoria here and here), and I must stay at The Lanesborough the next time I visit in London for its splendor made my inner princess squeal with glee.
The next time we visit the UK, we are already planning to take a tour of the Cotswolds, thanks to the recommendations of some of Tor’s Reign costars and our friend Nathan of The Rollinson London. Me + charming English countryside villages is probably one of the best matches you could make.
Photos by Torrance Coombs.