31 Best Gifts from London Recommended by a Local

Holiday display with Mario and Santa Claus LEGO figures in Covent Garden, seen while shopping for best gifts from London.

From antique books to adorable bears, there are endless things to buy in London when you come for a visit. As an expat, I feel compelled to bring a few of the best gifts from London when I return to the US to see family and friends.

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My First Year Living in London: 10 Lessons Learned

My first year living in London was a whirlwind. It’s incredible how much I’ve learned in 12 short months, like how to eat with a fork in my left hand. And though I did a TON of advanced research before we arrived, there are some lessons I learned only after moving to London. 

My First Year Living in London: 10 Lessons Learned - colorful facades of St. Luke's Mews

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15 Non Touristy Things to do in London: A Local’s Guide

Visiting colorful Notting Hill mews houses is one of the best non touristy things to do in London

Are you tired of the same old suggestions for what to do in London? Sure, Westminster Abbey and afternoon tea are lovely. But if you’re looking to escape the crowds, or need ideas for a return trip, try these non touristy things to do in London.

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London Itinerary: 4 Days of Sightseeing and Hidden Gems

London Itinerary: 4 Days of Sightseeing and Hidden Gems

I created this 4 day London itinerary to celebrate my one year anniversary of moving to The Big Smoke. In that time, I’ve spent countless hours exploring the city on my own and playing travel guide for visiting family. I’ve done all the typical touristy stuff and uncovered a few hidden gems. And now, I’m sharing my best tips for spending 4 days in London!

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A Beautiful Self Drive UK Holiday from London to Edinburgh

A Beautiful Self Drive UK Holiday from London to Edinburgh

After taking a summer road trip across Britain, I’m convinced it’s the best way to enjoy this amazing island. A self drive UK holiday is the perfect combination of freedom, exploration, and relaxation. Not having to worry about train timetables or tour schedules means you can see the country’s storybook villages and famous sights at your own pace. And I guarantee this charming UK road trip itinerary will make up for the mild terror of driving on narrow country lanes!

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31 Essential London Sightseeing Tips From a Local

London Sightseeing Tips From a Local

With world-class museums, gorgeous architecture, and 71 Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s no wonder London attracts 20 million visitors every year. It’s a destination steeped in history, where centuries-old churches are wedged between towering skyscrapers. But with so much to see and do, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! That’s why I’ve compiled tons of London sightseeing tips that I’ve picked up during my time exploring the city as an expat.

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Renting in London With a Dog: What You Should Know

Britain is a nation of dog lovers. Even in a metropolis like London, it’s not uncommon to see Labradors frolicking in the park or Yorkshire terriers trying to keep up during a morning jog.  And yet, renting in London with a dog is difficult.

Renting in London With a Dog

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Cheap Eats in London: A Budget Travel Guide

London may be home to 71 Michelin-starred restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you have to blow your entire travel budget on food. Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of delicious, cheap eats in London to satisfy budget travelers and foodies alike. And with over 33% of residents hailing from outside the UK, you can bet the affordable food options will be as diverse as the city’s population.

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