Covent Garden is not a garden.

About ten years ago, I met up with a friend in London and we spent a few days doing the most touristy things: we bought tea at Fortnum & Mason, ate bangers and mash (weirdly, there were potato chips on top and the memory haunts me still), posed for tasteless off-with-her-head photos at the Tower…

My Best of Northwest (London)

I’ve lived on a big hill in northwest London for the last two years, first in Belsize Park and then partway between Hampstead and Golders Green. It’s a lovely part of town, bustling but peaceful, and a bit hoity-toity (but fortunately the views of the London skyline, and Hampstead Heath’s tangled, leafy expanse are both…

Laters, East London!

A very belated tribute to the neighbo(u)rhood(s) that launched me into London. I’ve had a soft spot for East London for a while*. On previous visits to the city, it was an affordable but central area to stay in. I liked the cobblestone streets and lamp-posted alleys, the blend of old and new, dusty and…

London Sunshine (I’m Not Crazy, You Are)

Unpopular opinion: the weather in London is great. Maybe it’s a particularly nice¬†year? Maybe it’s climate change? Maybe I’m from Boston, which has actual shit weather, and so by comparison London is a sunny paradise? Maybe crappy London weather is a myth spread to keep out the tourists? (Sorry Londoners, but as long as there’s…