Valerie Wilson Travel


London! One of the oldest and greatest cities in the world – roughly the size of New York, but with Harry Potter and royal palaces. Dating back to Roman times, the once epicenter of international trade is now the most multicultural city in Europe and a top contender for most famous city in the world. When people think of visiting London, they think Buckingham Palace, the iconic London Eye, and Big Ben – and while all those attractions are phenomenal, London is additionally home to the world’s top galleries and museums, more greenery than one would expect, and pubs that will transport you back in time. Here are a few insider secrets to exploring this royal city like a local.  

What we would do: 
  • Emirates Cable Car. Skip the crowds of the London Eye and get a Birdseye view of the Thames, Royal Docks, and Greenwich Peninsula.  
  • Regent’s Canal. Starting at London’s Little Venice stopping by Regent’s Park, the London Zoo, and quirky floating bookstores and restaurants, the Regent’s Canal walking path is one of London’s best kept secrets away from the crowds. 
  • Brick Lane. A cobblestone street in London’s East End packed full of diverse cultures, all the English food your heart desires, street art, and shopping galore.  
  • Primrose Hill. The perfect place for a picnic with a front row seat to the London skyline. Located in a charming residential neighborhood perfect for a post-lunch stroll.
Where we would stay:  The Milestone Hotel London 

Step back in time into a Grade-II listed Victorian building instantly recognizable by London locals.  Discover old-world charm, antique furnishings, exquisite art, and fine cuisine. Proud neighbors of the British Royal Family, the hotel is located directly opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, and just a stroll away from Notting Hill and Knightsbridge. The hotel’s 44 deluxe rooms and 12 luxury suites evoke the feeling of an English country manor in the center of London. No two rooms are alike, with themes ranging from Venetian classicism to the harlequins of 15th century pantomime. Decadent touches include a pillow menu, 24-hour butler service, and the use of a chauffeur-driven Bentley to take in the sights. Fine British dining and international dishes can be enjoyed in Cheneston’s Restaurant or in the intimate setting of the Oratory, the original chapel. Indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea with freshly baked scones or head to Stable’s Bar to try the famous ‘Milestone Old Fashioned’. The full London Experience! 

The Milestone Hotel is an exclusive Suite Access™ property. Learn more about VWT’s Suite Access program here.
January 2022