By special request* Gentle Reader, I give you some of my favorite things to do when visiting London couched in terms of character preference and influence.
Day One ~ Physical Improvements
Felicity & Evelyn ~ Wander down Oxford Street and look at shops, perhaps buy shoes, perhaps buy more than just shoes. Preferably use someone else’s money.
Alexia ~ Go to swanky bra place and get properly fitted, spend too much on bras.
Lord Akeldama ~ a pilgrimage to Liberties of London, coo over the amazing fabric. Investigate the scraps for brightly colored scarves.
Everyone ~ Pay court to the Twining’s tea shop. Oldest shop in London that is still in the same place.
Day Two ~ Intellectual Improvements
Templars ~ Visit the Etruscan section of the British Museum.
Lyall ~ spend a quiet moment sitting in the amazing crystal library of the British Museum.
Floote ~ eat at the cafe at the top of the Tate in ever unlikely hope that they will have the amazing celeriac soup back on the menu from the week they opened.
Biffy ~ visit the costumes in the Victorian & Albert Museum, avoid pigeons.
Day Three ~ Emotional Improvements
Ivy & Alexia ~ Walk through Hyde Park. Preferably with a parasol.
Everyone ~ afternoon tea at Browns.
Located just two minutes away from Hyde Park, Brown’s is well known for its afternoon tea. Since tables cannot be reserved, customers begin lining up at three o’clock to make sure of obtaining one of the flowery chintz armchairs in the dark-paneled salon.
Alternatively got to Fortnum & Mason’s (Tum tums)
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1950s ultra modern umbrellas
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Working rough draft.
I’m struggling here, struggling.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013. In production. Have seen initial cover mock-up and it is stunning!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 1: Printed volume releases March 1. Have seen cover sketch for Soulless Vol. 2 (AKA Changeless) and it is beyond fabulous!
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last: In production. Releases March 1. Preorder now if you wish.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date fall 2013. She’s started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.
Heartless made Locus’s Recommended Reading List!
Quote of the Day:
“Coffee (n.): The person upon whom one coughs.”
* Please feel free to request blog posts via my website’s calling card feature. I can’t always do them, and rarely do them right away, but I always appreciate knowing you are out there reading and what you might be interested in.Tags: character study, templars, travel, victoriana