I sometimes wonder if
Americans are fooled by our accent
into detecting brilliance
that may not really be there.
Last week, I suddenly found myself in London with a young travel companion who–though smitten by the British accent–did not come to visit the Queen nor her crown jewels, completely determined to avoid museums at all costs. Some shopping maybe? Not that either. So what else was left to do? Plenty, it seems!
Keep an eye on the London Eye
Skip the endless queue and buy tickets ahead online for the 3:30 pm guided tour
London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
+44 871 781 3000
Trot through Hyde Park on four hooves with these beauties of Hyde Park Stables. They couldn’t trust beginners like us to hang on to the reins while holding a camera, so this is our best shot right by the stable.
63 Bathurst Mews, London W2 2SB, United Kingdom +44 20 7723 2813
Boudoir high tea, Madame?
Have a party designing your own at
Biscuiteer’s Boutique in Notting Hill
194 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2ES, United Kingdom
+44 20 7727 8096
Watch a show at the grand Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP, United Kingdom
+44 20 7589 8212
I spy a scorpion! Watch the modern Sherlock Holmes British TV series to whet teen curiosity for this icon of mystery
From the London Eye, a sunset stroll over the Charing Cross pedestrian bridge takes you to my favorite hotel in London:
Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD, United Kingdom
+44 20 7930 8181
My teen had no interest in a guided tour so I’ll just pass on a recommendation by a Powerful Goddess client: Context Tours for guides with academic backgrounds to match your tour of interest. You won’t have to wonder if the stories they tell you is just another fairy tale. London Walks is famous for its 7:30 pm Jack The Ripper tours.
For those who are not particularly museum averse, the Victoria and Albert is my favorite for art and design!
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