More than perhaps any other European city, London holds fast to its old-world traditions: that, after all, is key to its charms. And 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 candlemaking studio of expert chandler Rachel Vosper. Her light-filled boutique, in a former horse stable, is filled with the heady scent of exquisitely fragranced tapers. Every single one of her candles is hand made and unique, and produced using the finest ingredients. If you happen to be there on the last Saturday of the month, you can even make your own candle at their candle making class. With your brand new beautifully etched 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 down the street. If it’s a nice day, grab your pint and head to one of the stand-up tables out front and chat with the neighborhood locals. If it’s a rainy day, no worries; there’s a roaring fire waiting inside. Just remember the two house rules: hang up your coat, and no cell phones allowed.
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