Roll up your sleeves and slide on your wellies, because I’m taking you to the Cotswolds for a glorious day at the Soho Farmhouse. Forty Cabins sit on 100 acres of English countryside at the newest rustic hotel from the members’ club Soho House, where you can frolic in the infinity pool that spills out into a lake with rowboats, or take a dip in the wooden hot tub after a massage at Cowshed Spa. Either way, one thing is certain—you will not leave hungry. I came for a Sunday roast, and it was absolutely worth the two-hour drive to Oxfordshire.
One of my dreams is to take a summer off, rent a flat in London, and travel all over Europe—the way you can do only if you live there or if you’re an heiress who doesn’t have to work. Until then, I’m taking advantage of what LA offers, including our very own Venice Canals, and gearing up for some summer travel a little closer to home.
Anna Scott: “Can I stay a while?”
William Thacker : “You can stay forever.”
– Notting Hill
I know what you’re thinking. Quoting the movie Notting Hill for a post about Notting Hill. Groundbreaking. But forever I wanted to stay when I first stepped inside the new luxury boutique hotel, The Laslett in Notting Hill, combining British heritage with insanely chic modern design. I was lucky enough to score a private tour with the even-chicer owner Tracy Lowy, whose meticulous attention to detail can be found around every corner, from the curated British library to the playful art collection—a collaboration with local designers and artists. It’s smart. It’s elegant. Frankly, it’s cool as hell.
A Case of Spring Fever in London
There is truly no better place to be than in London when the sun is shining. Wow, oh wow! I arrived just in time to see spring burst into full view for a solid week of relentless blue skies and wisteria climbing every colorful wall and charming cottage door. The wisteria effect ignited so much passion on Instagram that the hashtag #wisteriahysteria was used with reckless abandon the week I was in town. (See some of my faves @a_ontheroad, @thedoorsoflondon, @prettycitylondon, @siobhaise)
A Jaunt through East London
I finally made it to East London—not an east feat when I always make my home base in South West London! But this is where the new and cool are flocking, and it was well worth a walking tour for the grit-meets-glam vibe. The walls are splashed with colorful art and the shops are decked out with vintage chandeliers and cutting-edge design, while around every corner there seems to be a hot new restaurant begging for you to take a seat at the table. Sound a lot like Downtown LA? It is. And that’s a very good thing.
An Interactive Pop Up at Old Spitalfields Market, London
I’m just back from a week in the UK and you really couldn’t knock the smile off my face. The trip was for business, but of course I had to stay a few extra days to play. You know, work/life balance and all that. While I love sharing aspirational places and fabulous hotels (and believe me, I have tons to come!), I wanted to kick off this London series with a little instant gratification. My client and I had brunch reservations on her last day near the Old Spitalfields Market and happened to stumble upon the very first Not on the High Street two-day interactive pop up market. Such luck!