More than perhaps any other European city, London holds fast to its old-world traditions. Start at one of London’s most illustrious addresses- ‘Number 1 London’, Apsley House- the former home of the First Duke of Wellington. The glistening interior features one of the finest art collections in the city. After your opulent Georgian experience, quiet Kinnerton Street—one of the best-kept secrets in posh Belgravia—is a delightful place to experience one of those quintessentially British artisanal pursuits. Begin by exploring the candle-making studio, once a former horse stable, of expert chandler Rachel Vosper. Every single one of her candles is handmade and unique, and produced using the finest ingredients. Rachel holds candle making classes on the last Saturday of the month. With your brand new beautifully moulded candles in hand, it’s time for a well-earned pint. Rachel will direct you to her favorite neighborhood pub, the Dickensian Nag’s Head. Just remember the two house rules: hang up your coat, and no cell phones allowed. Feeling peckish? Walk through Belgrave Square, the lavish centrepiece of Belgravia, and head to Elizabeth Street for a spot of lunch. Indulge in a rare British beef burger in a trendy gastropub, featuring open fireplaces and oak panelling, The Thomas Cubitt. Walk it off by making your way down Ebury Street to Chelsea Physic Gardens. Here, discover a lush urban oasis dating back to 1673 brimming with medicinal plants and herbs. Notably, it’s one of the second oldest gardens in Great Britain.
Make your way to Belgravia for Rachel Vosper’s candle boutique, which you can find on the quiet Kinnerton Street. You’ll find The Nags Head pub just steps away. It’s also on Kinnerton Street, just a few storefronts down.
RACHEL VOSPER: 69 Kinnerton St.; +44-(0)20-7235-9666; rachelvosper.com
NAG'S HEAD: 53 Kinnerton St.; +44-(0)20-7235-1135
APSLEY HOUSE: 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7NT; +44 0370 333 1181 (Closed Mondays & Wednesdays)
THE THOMAS CUBITT PUBLIC HOUSE & DINING ROOMS: Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA; +44 020 7730 6060 44
CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDENS; Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HS; +44 020 7352 5646 66