10 Beautiful Places in London

10 Beautiful Places in London

London! I spent three freezing cold days here in November. It was a short, short time in this huge city, but I really fell in love with the colors. Here are the 10 most beautiful places I went, and where I'd love to go back:

1. Wallace Collection  

The chairs in the courtyard of the Wallace Collection have ruined all other chairs for me. This museum is the epitome of extra. I loved it. 

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2. Kew Gardens  

I headed 45 minutes out of town to Kew Gardens and it couldn't have been a more peaceful contrast to downtown London.

Even in the freezing cold I spent hours here, walking around the gorgeous gardens and taking refuge in the many elaborate 1800's-era greenhouses. In the desert house I felt like I'd been transported straight to Joshua Tree:

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3. The Conran Shop  

Simply the most creative, dramatic, and colorful home goods store I visited. The lighting alone is the stuff of dreams:

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4. Chiltern Street

The Christmas spirit on this street was strong. I had a caradmom bun at Nordic Bakery and a lingonberry sandwich that proved lingonberries do indeed live outside Ikea. The Monocle Cafe served the best Japanese food I'd had since Tokyo. 

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5. Primrose Hill houses  

The most beautiful colored doorways in a picturesque neighborhood, along with a panoramic view of London from the top of Primrose Hill.

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6. Victoria and Albert Museum  

I'm not the biggest Chihuly fan but the installation in the entryway of this museum is still a sight to behold. I was particularly fond of the ceramics and pottery installation on the 6th floor, spanning Victorian British porcelain to 1970's Danish designs. The courtyard in the middle is also a stunner:

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7. Tower of London  

It's a rare touristy endeavor that lives up to its promise, but the Tower of London was fascinating and spooky and meaningful all at once. It's hard not to be swayed by the crazy history that went down here, or the ancient structure itself.

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8. Shoreditch shops

So many creative stores in Shoreditch, but my favorites were Goodhood (textiles pictured below) and Labour and Wait, where I contemplated if I could fit a broom in my suitcase.

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9. Princelet St.  

I'm not sure how I ended up on Princelet St. but the pink facade at #4 is really a trip. The immediate area around this house is filled with pretty houses and rich paint colors, making me feel like I fell into a Farrow & Ball catalog:

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10. Shoreditch murals

I don't normally find street art extraordinarily compelling, but it's hard not to fall in love with the murals in Shoreditch. Most of the murals below are along Redchurch Street:

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Thanks for the visit London, I'll be back!

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