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UNPACKED: London

A big part of Christina Bryant still considers London “home,” even though she resides stateside these days as the Founder and CEO of St. Frank, the one-stop shop for authentic art and home luxuries with stories as compelling as the pieces themselves. The company partners with entrepreneurial artisan organizations that transform communities by providing quality jobs, training, and other holistic support to artisans. Each piece shares the the story of their incredible work and—if we may say so—will really get the travel bug biting. Check out Christina’s insider must-dos and must-sees across the pond.

What’s your favorite memory growing up in London?

Watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace with my little brother, Justin; daily school bus rides down Abbey Road, straight through The Beatles’ iconic zebra crossing; and, so many nights at the theater, including a trip backstage with the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (I was a super fan!).

How much time is enough to spend there?

I never have enough time in London. I would move back in a second!  But, for a tourist, perhaps a week.

A Mews house in London.

How should one dress for the climate?

You’re likely to experience a few seasons in a day, so dress in layers and pack an umbrella.

Name a tourist activity that’s totally worth it!

I always tell people to go to the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, but I keep returning to the Tate Modern and The National Gallery.

Favorite neighborhood and why:

My family lived in Kensington and I find myself spending most of my time in Chelsea when I go back to see friends, but I also really like Shoreditch. There’s great food in that neighborhood and I recently went on a graffiti street art tour there that was very cool. And, perhaps Notting Hill for shops.

Street art in Shoreditch.

Best Photo op: Outside a flower-filled pub facade, like The Churchill Arms.

Worth the splurge: Tickets to the hottest play and something from Liberty to bring back home.

Best place to get a nightcap:
Oswalds

You’re likely to experience a few seasons in a day, so dress in layers and pack an umbrella.

What’s a good-to-know travel tips for getting around the city?

Public transportation is quite good—both the tube and bus system. You’ve got to take a black cab at least once because it’s a classic London experience and all of the cabbies have passed “The Knowledge” exams and know any street address you could throw at them and the quickest route to get there sans Siri.

As a local, what do you hope people visiting this city discover about it?

It is as good as Charles Dickens, Bridget Jones, and Love Actually make it seem.