Since 1989 I have probably spent a total of about a year of my life in the UK, with most of that time in London. So I know the city pretty well. Which is part of my problem. John and I will be spending about five days there in November and would like to see some new things rather than just visit old favorites.
We will be staying with good friends who have just moved from the US to Richmond-on-Thames. Our first time staying in the suburbs. We haven’t been to London since November 2008 when we stopped over there on our way to and from Kenya. Of course John would prefer to take this trip when the gardens would be more interesting, but the timing is what it is so we can’t do much about that. Of course being off season also makes it more difficult to see certain things.
Things I will definitely do:
Visit the Persephone Bookshop for the first time!
Old favorites I might revisit:
Places I haven’t been in a long time and might revisit:
The (old) Tate
The gift shop at the Transport Museum
The Cabinet War Rooms
Sir John Soane Museum
Something I would really like to do:
Meet a few UK book bloggers in or, within an easy day trip of, London…I would write to you many of you and suggest a meeting, but I am shy of rejection and don’t want to put you on the spot. So, if any of you have any interest at all, please let me know either via email or in the comments.
I need your help…
So what do you think I should do while I am there? Could be a day trip, could be a museum, a neighborhood, a restaurant. Try to make it off the beaten path since we have both beaten the path a lot.
I am particularly looking for a tea shop that: 1) has great scones with clotted cream and jam; 2) is not fancy, I have gone the fancy route before, not interested in doing it again; 3) is cozy; and 4) isn’t a mob scene.