Embedded in London’s 21st C. zeitgeist are quiet, reflective gems hidden within the city clamor. They are a joy to discover and here are a few I have found….
My “quiet London” is inspired by the book that graces this post – Quiet London/Quiet Corners – and its companion Quiet London, as well as others in the London series. (You may find Quiet Paris and Quiet New York. helpful in navigating other global metropolises.) One caveat: The absence of printed maps in the books makes grasping locations a bit tricky. Google maps (or some other app) is handy to place these gems in their geographic context.
Quiet Hotel – The Laslett
Tucked into the Notting Hill neighborhood is the The Laslett, a hip-yet-mellow boutique hotel just off Notting Hill Gate. The hotel adds a charming low-key elegance to this trendy neighborhood and is very deserving of the “quiet London” designation.
Quiet Space – Holland Park
Adjacent to Notting Hill is Holland Park, 55 acres of serene beauty, laced with walking trails. The trees’ adolescent, sassy leaves flirt with the May breeze; clouds billow, and bird chatter is the only sound.
There are lots of places to sit and contemplate – ponder, or meditate or just let the mind roam – a luxury in this digital age (without which you wouldn’t be reading this)
The park is also home to the famous Kyoto Garden created in 1991, a gift from the city of Kyoto. Serene on this spring day, with camera-shy koi in the pond, lounging beneath the fluttering banners – the essence of Japanese tranquility.
Finding quiet along Kensington High Street
For me, no trip to London is complete without the ritual pass along Kensington High Street with a nod to the Albert Memorial. After that hustle, time for another quiet spot – this time found at the Princes Garden, a private garden of the Imperial College of London into which the public is graciously invited.
With British Vogue’s centennial issue, I could have happily stayed in the garden all afternoon, engaged in the history of this iconic fashion ‘bible’, but life beckoned…….
Vibrant Video – Decidedly NOT quiet
There is much to savor in “quiet London” but the other kind is, as always, alive and vibrant on every corner and in every neighborhood. Here’s a taste in Notting Hill…..
More to come! Meanwhile please share your favorite London spots – quiet or not!
© 3 Score & More 2016