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 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 corners of the city but, as always, there is the vibrant electricity of urban life on every corner and in every neighborhood. Here’s a taste in Notting Hill…..
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