Whenever I go to London now, I am more interested in revisiting my favorite spots than seeking out the trendiest places. That’s not to say that I didn’t put a few of those on my list this time, but what I love most is staying in my favorite neighborhood (South Kensington), and pretending like I live part of my life there. I have stayed in many different neighborhoods and have been lucky enough to lay my head down in five star hotels, and many different boutique hotels all over the city. But I always find myself returning to The Kensington. It’s on the right side of town for easy access to Heathrow, the neighborhood is amazing, the tube is close, and George, their valet, smiles when I arrive in recognition. “Welcome back!,” he says. But I think what he really means is, “Welcome home.”
While this is not a list of hot spots—there’s Just Opened London for that—it is a list of different things to do in London after you’ve done most of the touristy things.