In a perfect world, we’d all be able to travel wherever we want, whenever we want. But in real life, for one reason or another, sometimes jetting off on an overseas vacation may not be in the cards. But what about that London adventure you’ve been dreaming about taking? Don’t worry, we’ve got the next best thing. Here are a few ways to help you feel like you’re paying a visit to the royal capital, all without leaving your living room.
Whip up a traditional recipe.
True English scones are less buttery and sweet than their American counterparts, but that’s only because they’re meant to be slathered with clotted cream and jam before you eat them.
Try your hand with this recipe.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Inspired by the flavors of the subcontinent, this creamy spiced chicken dish is a national favorite. We recommend serving it on a bed of basmati rice with a side of naan for optimal enjoyment.
For easy prepping, try this slow cooker recipe.
Strawberries, cream and pieces of crumbled meringue combine to create one of England’s signature desserts. This sweet treat takes its name from the prestigious boarding school in Berkshire, where it is traditionally served at the annual Eton vs. Harrow cricket match.
Use this recipe to make a batch.
Take a drink.
Put the kettle on and treat yourself to a proper cuppa like the British do. For an authentic touch, don’t forget to add milk!
Gin and Dubonnet
If tea’s not your first choice, try mixing yourself a cocktail instead and drink like the royals—this deep red concoction is known to be a favorite of the Queen herself.
Get the recipe.
Channel your inner spy and sip on this Bond-approved potable, shaken of course.
Mix it up using this recipe.
Have a movie night.
My Fair Lady
In this classic starring Audrey Hepburn, a working class girl is taught how to speak “proper” English in an attempt to pass as a high-society socialite in Edwardian London.
The King’s Speech
Based on true events, this Academy Award-winning biopic profiles King George VI (played by Colin Firth) as he learns to cope with a stutter on the eve of World War II.
A film where its setting is as much a character as the ones portrayed by actors, this romantic comedy put Notting Hill on the map. Watch an unlikely couple, movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and bookshop owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant), fall in love in the eponymous London neighborhood.
Curl up with a book.
by Craig Taylor
A collection of interviews with London residents who come from all walks of life, this anthology paints a candid picture of the capital city.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
by Helen Fielding
As is the case with most films these days, before Bridget Jones became a movie, it was a book. Get swept up in the title character’s misadventures in this humorous reimagining of Pride and Prejudice.
Notes from a Small Island
by Bill Bryson
Though not exactly London-centric, this entertaining read from travel writer extraordinaire Bill Bryson is sure to put you in a British frame of mind.
Make a playlist.
Load up your iPod with these tunes for a set that gets you in the London spirit.
Fool on the Hill
Have any other suggestions? Add yours in the comments!