Top 3 British… Preppy Places

Being fortunate enough to live in Britain, I felt that it was only right to share my favourite things about this mighty land. So starting today is my list of the top three British preppy places.

If you’re planning to visit Britain, make sure you add these fabulous cities, towns and villages to your itinerary. Or if you are British and have never been, then do!

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Scotland’s capital city is steeped in fascinating history and packed with chic bars and fabulous shopping, think Brooks Brothers, Hunter galore and Barbour, as well as lots of independent boutiques. And if it’s good enough for Wills and Kate…

Stroll around the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile and step back in time at its imposing, magnificent Castle (above), before nursing a glass of local whisky. Head to the Grassmarket area for quirky shops, quaint pubs and a bit of art and culture. Sample delicious seafood and Scottish beef (I loved Wildfire) and have a drink at The Dome. And of course, there’s the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival for music, comedy and theatre.

Dress Code: Country, heritage attire. Think tweed, wax jackets and riding boots. Or just Google ‘Kate Middleton at St Andrews.’

For more information about Edinburgh check out the Visit Scotland website. 

London, England

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Her Majesty’s hometown is a prep’s playground. Whether it’s culture, partying or shopping you’re after, London is sure to provide a ruddy good time for all.

Say hello to the Queen at Buckingham Palace (well give the window a wave). Indulge in Britain’s most iconic tradition, afternoon tea, at The Ritz, The Dorchester or Claridge’s. And kick back with a Bloody Mary over brunch (I love PJs on Fulham Road for its polo decor and people watching).

Soak up the atmosphere and peruse the shops on the King’s Road and Covent Garden where you’ll find preppy favourites Jack Wills, Banana Republic, L.K. Bennett and Kate Spade New York. And head to Burlington Arcade (above) in Mayfair for a true taste of British elegance.

By night, party with the rahs at Bunga Bunga or Mahiki. And keep your eyes peeled for Prince Harry!

Dress Code: Mulberry Bayswater, pearl stud earrings, French Sole ballet pumps and Raybans. AKA the Sloane Ranger uniform.

For more information about London check out the Visit England website. 

Mumbles and Gower, Wales

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The Gower Peninsula, situated to the west of Swansea in south Wales, is Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And you can certainly see why.

Whether you’re into long walks or just lazing around, the Gower has some of Britain’s best beaches, perfect for soaking up the sun on a summer’s day. My personal favourite is Three Cliffs Bay (above). 

The seaside village of Mumbles is a must-see. Enjoy a Joe’s (the best ice cream, ever) on the seafront. Browse the little boutiques on Newton Road. Or just sit and watch the world go by at one of its many wine bars.

Dress Code: Nautical pieces. Cable knit jumpers or gilets for the chilly coastal breeze. Sunnies on head, whatever the weather.

For more information about Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower check out the Visit Wales website. 

Have I missed one of your favourite preppy places in Britain? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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