Ever since reading Paddington and Mandy, I've been obsessed with the ideal of England. Rainy days spent at museums or shopping at Harrod's, afternoon tea at London's top hotels, the accents, and of course, the royal family.
I found a kindred spirit in Jerramy Fine and her hilarious and inspiring true story, Someday My Prince Will Come. Jerramy grew up convinced she was meant to live in England, far from her Colorado hometown, and marry Peter Phillips (Prince William's cousin). I could not put the book down, and felt like I was there through her trials and triumphs and never giving up on what she truly wanted.
The book is not just for royal or London lovers, but for all who believe in the impossible. For me, it's believing that I can create a career based on what I absolutely am obsessed with, hotels.
Jerramy has now founded Princess Prep, a luxury London sleep-away camp for 8-11 year old girls focusing on royal history, etiquette, London culture, the lives of modern-day princesses, the importance of thank-you notes, and more! I know you'll be as obsessed as I am with the idea after taking one look at the itinerary.
I was so excited to talk to Jerramy about her favorite hotels and afternoon tea spots. She's truly a London tastemaker!
What are your favorite hotels in London and why?
I've lived in London for 12 years so I've never really needed to stay in a hotel in my own city. However, when friends or family come to visit me they always ask me to recommend somewhere that is conventient to central London, reasonably luxurious and (this is the hard part) affordable. This sounds like a nearly impossible combination but I believe I have found two great contenders, High Road House and the The Colonnade Townhouse Hotel.
What are some of your other favorite hotels around the world and why?
- Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, Croatia - Breathtaking views and wonderful service
- Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Los Angeles - Great beachside, Hollywood vibe
- The Huntington Hotel in San Francisco - Old school American luxury
- The Langham Hotel in Boston - They have a chocolate bar every Sunday. Need I say more?
- Hotel Columbia in Telluride - Perfect location and delicious fireside food
- Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico - Fantastic eco-resort with surfing and yoga
- The Peninsula Hong Kong - Pure cosmopolitan glamour
Since you are a princess expert, where do you think modern-day princesses would love to stay today?
Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jaipur – This is still partly a royal residence so you can’t get more regal than this!
What are your favorite hotel afternoon teas? This is my favorite thing to do at hotels!