hello, london.

darlings

we’re here!

and quite MAD (in a funny way) from the overnight flight from NYC to London in 51H (don’t ask) with probably not-exactly-2-hours-sleep but the Virgin Atlantic staff were splendid – all perky british essex voices and a kindly way about them – especially when dispensing tea or hot chocolate (nobody was allowed coffee as we were all supposed to Sleep) and then the Lights Went Out and we all did, duly, sleep (sort of).

now we’re here!

gosh.

London looks lovely in the rain.

but there again, it always did….

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we braved the Tube (must not call it the Subway) because, well, getting a taxi is just Foolish with London Traffic.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we had a little snafu before we left Manhattan – our hostess for tuesday night suddenly got STRUCK down by a Flu Virus *shudder* and so we decided we had better NOT get sick as we’re en route to South Africa to do some important work (well, we’re not doing it, who-we-are-in-RL is doing that bit, but we’ll be reporting in Here).

so we had to ask Mr. Expedia if he had a last minute room and he did but we couldn’t check in until 2PM and the flight arrived at 7AM so we had an adventure (see pictures).
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this is the only thing that still annoys us about England – the private worlds of the privileged.

yes, yes, we *know* Los Angeles has many a gated community – but one doesn’t know about them unless one does know about them – here the private parks are on full display and one presses one’s nose up against the railings to no avail. *sigh*. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but this cheered us up immensely. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

as did a breakfast at the Troubadour. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

that’s been on site since 1951 (which is not actually that long for an English Establishment but now we live in L.A we practically reeled with excitement.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

so many marvel(l)ous Mews around our hotel (Earls Court – decadent and threadbare but utterly perfect gentry-wise). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

more up-against-the-railings-shots. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ah – a sweeping Georgian Terrace. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

many Minis. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and the sort of places Vita Sackville-West would have visited when In Town. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

this is our little room in the eaves.

isn’t it sweet?

sort of Student Nurse in size. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

one could almost be in paris with a rooftop view.

and now we take a short nap.

before heading out into the night to thrill to the lights of soho and Beyond.

ta dah!

crazy with lack of sleep but remembering to use a Proper English Accent, darlings.

 

22 thoughts on “hello, london.

  1. beautycalyptique says:

    oooooh. you have chosen such a wonderful hotel, all those pictures. have instantly turned me sane again (in the crazy world). I must admit london is really a distant love for me. a world star I admire from afar because fate never let us cross our paths. still, I know I would love it. and I know london would love me back.

    and of course I had to giggle at the beatrix potter garden plate :)

  2. theperfumeddandy says:

    Dearest G
    What a shame you won’t have time to go to Bloomsbury… remember nearly all the squares are public there and so no need to squeeze noses up against fences (all urchin like I imagine).
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Heather in Arles says:

    I have been away what, less than a week and you are in London?? My goodness, I certainly have catching up to do and all of these photos are just gorgeous!

  4. Jenna says:

    So much London loveliness, I can’t handle it! Your little room looks so cozy. You’ve handled the detour quite well and deserve lots of tea and pastries. xo

  5. William Gidwin says:

    Brace yourself for the most unromantic thing anyone is EVER going to say to you………,,’Waving from Catford!’

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