Category: London Tips and Tales

Yes, Americans need to learn English before traveling to London

Whenever we visit new countries, we try to learn at least a few words to use in our daily interactions with the people we meet and encounter. Whether it’s “hello” when walking into a store, “pardon me” when moving past people on the sidewalk, or “thank you” when being served a meal, it always adds... Read more »

My sons' favorite English king is King George III - thanks to Hamilton

I never thought I’d say it. But, my American sons have a favorite English king: George III. And, it’s all thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. For months, my sons have absorbed the story of Alexander Hamilton, as they’ve heard the Broadway musical soundtrack played over and over again by my husband. In... Read more »

We need a big "thumbs up" statue in the U.S., too

These days, it can feel like you’re drowning in the news or in your social media feed. Based on the “news” of the day, it’s easy to be disheartened. To be pessimistic. To be jaded. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can fight to stay positive. To stay upbeat. To stay hopeful.... Read more »

Photos: Pub Signs in London

A nod to royalty with a pun thrown in for good measure... The Duke of Wellington.
Okay. I admit it. I took a ton of photos during our trip to London this summer. I just couldn’t help it. It seemed that around every corner was a perfect photo opportunity just waiting to happen – and for me to capture on my iPhone. While I was enamored with the palaces, museums, street art... Read more »

Eight Great Places for Families to Visit in London

This past summer my family spent part of our “holiday” in London. From the time we stepped foot back in Chicago, we were asked the same question time and time again – What did you like best about London? While we loved so many things about the city, the question made us all pause and... Read more »

Fun and Functional London Souvenirs

My family and I spent 10 days in London this summer and it was an amazing experience. We have loads and loads of photos to help remember – and share – our favorite memories with friends and families. And, of course, we had to pick up a souvenir or two to add to our growing... Read more »

A Wish for a Wagamama to Open in Chicago

I know it may sound a bit odd, but one of our all-time favorite restaurants to frequent in London is Wagamama. The fast-casual, Japanese-inspired noodle house offers a range of ramen, teppanyaki and more. And, it always pleases us – mind, body and soul. On the very first day my family arrived in London this... Read more »

Photos: Royal Baby Prince George Souvenirs in London

From our first walk through the city streets, we saw signs on the top of embassies, affixed to construction sites...
When we made our plans to head to London this summer, my first thought was if there was any way we could time our visit to coincide with the much-anticipated birth of the royal baby. At the time, it seemed like the world was on constant baby watch, counting down the days until Prince William... Read more »

Six Ways it Hit Home We Were Really in London this Summer

This summer London was calling – and my family and I answered the call with open arms. Together, we jetted off across the pond for our second family trip abroad. Last year, we spent several weeks soaking in the people, places and foods of Paris. This time, we had our sights set on the United... Read more »