Unless you spend a large portion of your weekend choosing groceries in Harrods’ food hall, you’re unlikely to bump into a real life Lady in London. But Julie Falconer, otherwise known as A Lady in London, is bringing a classy edge to the blogging community, and providing you with much more practical information than actual landed gentry would be able to rustle up. Here are her five secret London spots, including several places ideal for whiling away a sunny afternoon far, far away from the Central Line. Ashleigh Arnott
Brew House Café
The Brew House Cafe at Kenwood House in Hampstead is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon in London. The self-service café offers excellent baked goods and light fare, and the garden is full of tables where guests can enjoy food and drinks outdoors. It is a great place to stop on a walk through Hampstead Heath.
The Horniman Museum
The Horniman Museum is one of the most bizarre museums in London. Featuring everything from old animal taxidermy to historic tribal artifacts from all over the world, the museum has a very eclectic collection. The highlight is the larger-than-life walrus taxidermy, which was over-stuffed by the taxidermist – he filled all of the folds of its skin because he had never seen a walrus before!
Golders Hill Park, West Heath Avenue, NW11 7QP
Golders Hill Park is one of the most beautiful green spaces in London. Its gardens are bursting with flowers year-round, and its pretty ponds are picturesque. The park features tennis courts, croquet lawns, golf practice nets, and even a small zoo with animals and birds from all over the world.
Macaron Patisserie, 22 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
Macaron Patisserie is one of my favorite places to go for lunch or tea in London. It is located right on Clapham Common and has great views across the green. The food is excellent; the fare ranges from macarons to sandwiches and all of it is delicious. The décor evokes the feeling of a Parisian bistro, as does the fact that the staff all speak French to one another.
The Pergola and Hill Garden, Off North End Way in Hampstead
The Pergola and Hill Garden in Hampstead is one of the prettiest secret gardens in London. Built for Lord Leverhulme in 1906 by the famous landscape architect Thomas Mawson, the garden is hidden back away from the road. Those lucky enough to find it will discover a mix of wild, overgrown spaces and pretty lawns. The highlight of the garden is the long, elevated pergola that makes visitors feel as if they have stepped back in time and discovered a romantic ruin.