February 15, 2012

London Calling

I decided I needed to get the hell out of Dodge for a little while, so I booked a trip back to the UK. I know that some people might think I am stuck in a rut always going to the UK, but I miss my friends there, and Andy, my former housemate.  I haven’t been back for a few years, and when I heard that Andy’s oldest had just turned 13, I knew that I wanted to get over there sooner rather than later.1D 082With the Olympics taking place in the UK this summer, I figured I wouldn’t be able to travel for a good chunk of time, so I thought that there’s no time like the present… meaning I leave in two weeks. For part of the time, I will be in London, and then I will make my way down to Wales.3d 009I am hoping to meet up with some blogging buddies in both places, including Man of Mode, House of Beauty & Culture, Rose C’est La Vie, Yonks, and others.

I hope to get a chance to go back to the place where I worked in Wales, the stunning St. Donat’s Castle.aerial1 I lost all of my hundreds of images of that place when my computer was stolen soon after I moved back to the States. aerial2It’s private, but I think I can probably get permission to spend a little time there.

I am gathering lists of places I want to visit and people I want to meet, but would love your suggestions to add to the mix.3d 020 I am not sure where I am staying in London, as we’re still working out the Wales dates, so I haven’ booked a place.6d 006

Please tell me where to go and who to meet!


  1. All I know is I wish I were going with you! Have so much fun...

  2. I will never tire of visiting England. We had a fabulous vacation this past September that included Dingle, Ireland, Pembrokeshire, Wales and London. We stayed at a self catering converted barn in Llanrhian, Pembrokeshire. Their website is www.mountainhallcottages.co.uk It is located near the coastal path if you like to walk. It is also within walking distance to Porthgain where you can enjoy a pint as well as a good meal. We also bused to St. Davids and Tenby.
    Have a great day

  3. Have an amazing trio Meg, I too would love to be going with you. London is a favorite city of mine!

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  4. Meg,
    Longtime lurker here...love your blog. You've helped me to enjoy Baltimore since I moved here. Last year I went to London (I love the UK). I stayed at the Mornington Hotel near Hyde Park. Recently renovated, a couple of blocks from the tube, short walk from Paddington Station if you take the train from the airport to the city, reasonably priced. I loved it.

  5. I wish I new London well enough to make suggestions! Have an amazing trip!

  6. I'm sooo jealous. My favorite city in the world......As far as places to stay in town, my favorite, Miller's Residence, was sold off to develop as condominiums. The next best place would have to be Hazlitts..(a bit pricey, but fun for a night or two). No matter where you stay, it will be fabulous!...k

  7. Wish I was going with you! Have a fabulous time!!! You will have much to report upon your return. Where are your leaving Connor in your absence?

  8. Go, Girl!!!! You will have a fantastic time!! Yes, getting out of Dodge right now sounds like a great idea (and Paris, my true love, is sooooo close). Mary

  9. How about meeting for a coffee in Castell Coch! Looking forward to welcoming you home!

  10. Meg, of course I adore UK-get over there for work quiet often.-don't miss these- Petersham Nurseries-go for Sunday lunch....Dennis Severs home tour, Dayleford on Pimlico Rd.-anyplace around Chelsey Green-client has home and know how to get around. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  11. Why not jump on a train, in about an hour you can be in Kent or Sussex. I'm sure you know Brighton, what about Lewes and Charleston Farmhouse? Or Margate with the new sensational Turner Contemporary and the funky Old Town? For accommodation advice, try Alastair Sawday Guides.



  12. Meg,

    I'm pea green with envy! Have fun, and if you have a chance, visit Labour & Wait. I ogle their wares from afar, but so far they don't ship to America.

  13. Seconding one of the anonymous commenters, I highly recommend a trip to Lewes. It's an easy train journey from Victoria and well worth a visit.

    Looking forward to seeing you over here and catching up.


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