—— 28.02.13 | travel ——

to london, with love

A post for all those photos that didn’t get their own post.. London has always been one of my favourite cities to visit. To me, it seems to be such a liveable place with endless places to shop, afternoon tea at every area in town and countless markets which you seem to stumble upon every time you turn a corner. London feels like a second home to me and I have gotten to know it so well that when I return, I instantly feel as if I could *almost* live like a local. Catching the tube is a breeze and as long as I don’t open my mouth I can almost pretend I’m a Londoner.. until that Australian accent escapes me when I try to order food. I want to share with you all to some of my favourite places to visit when in town & show you some of the quirks of the city. If stopping by Europe I would absolutely recommend taking a trip to London.

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Buckingham Palace and its surrounding gardens: To me, I find it so funny that you can walk down a busy street of cafes and suddenly there it stands, Buckingham Palace. It’s one of those places that you sort of feel obliged to visit just so I took Tom there to see the Changing of the Guards ceremony. He thought it was somewhat underwhelming as all you see is a marching band from a very distant view. However, the place itself is really quite something and the gardens with its bare branched trees is like a picture book sight.

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Natural History Museum London: On our way from the airport to hotel, our taxi driver pointed out the Natural History Museum for its beautiful architecture. There also happened to be a dinosaur exhibition inside at the time so we thought we would take a visit, given it wasn’t too far from our hotel. This museum was one of the prettiest buildings I saw in London and the glittering carousel bordered by overhanging trees made the entire scene somewhat romantic! The interiors were just as nice – the double staircase reminded me of the debutante ball scene in the early seasons of Gossip Girl!

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The Undergound (or tube!): Not so much a location but rather a means to a location – the London Underground is quite possibly the fastest and most efficient transport system I’ve ever experienced. I can’t exactly vouch for the stale smell of it, however I can say that I’ve never waited for more than two minutes for a train (or tube!) in London. We took the tube pretty much everywhere we went – with its oyster card being so easy to use, it was all so simple to get around to wherever we wanted to see.

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Wearing: Bardot beanie, Sessun ‘Julie & Candy’ coat, Topshop green knit, ASOS leaf skirt, Leona Edmiston tights & Park Lane boots 

Tower Bridge: Such a pretty area with beautiful history and architecture. Last time I visited here it was raining so it was great to see the clouds hold off this time around. To see such old architecture still stands and exists in such perfect condition is quite crazy really! Coming from Melbourne where there aren’t so many old structures standing, it really does feel like you are walking into another kind of world!

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Food: There’s just so much of it! On our way to St Paul’s Cathedral, we accidentally got lost following the group crossing the road thinking they would lead us to St Paul’s Cathedral (we were pretty close to it). Instead, we ended up at Borough Markets where we saw the biggest pan of paella we had ever seen, had fresh oysters cracked open and served in front of us, taste tested all sorts of turkish delights, hams and cheeses, witnessed crazy meringue pyramid building skills and had for the first time, some sort of extremely strange but mouth-watering cheese which can only be eaten fried! Aside from that, street side stalls selling traditional English sweets, Bombay cafes and endless tubs of fruit salad were great pick-me-ups when on the go!

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Flowers: If you look closely, the city just seems to love little pots or rows of flowering plants. In front of pubs, restaurants, apartment buildings, on top of tall buildings (can’t find a photo of this but basically the rooftop of the building next to our hotel was filled with pot plants). I figure it’s because there aren’t really any front or back gardens in the city so those who want their plants just have to make do with whatever hook/balcony/ledge/footpath/rooftop they can find.

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 Out of all the places I’ve been in Europe, I think London is always going to be one of those cities I will go back to. But for now, I’m sending lots of love to my favourite place in the world!
  • http://www.facebook.com/andithenewthing Andini Ria

    Love London! You captured the city beautifully!

    http://andini-ria.blogspot.com

  • D L

    So beautiful. I’d love to go back there.

    http://dinahanddaisy.blogspot.com/

  • The Camelia

    The photos are amazing ! Which photo objective did you use ? Thank you very much :)
    Lucie http://the-camelia.blogspot.fr/

    • The Camelia

      What lens did you use ? I’m sorry i’m french ;)

  • rhodawong

    your photos are always so flawless!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/rougeimaginaire Hanne Willekens

    Makes me want to go to London again! :) I was there with my family three years ago, but since we’re five persons it’s actually cheaper to take a taxi than to take the underground. Oh, and I love the way you say “stopping by Europe,” because I live in Belgium and I’ve only been outside Europe once ^^

  • Miss Aa

    aaaa… so envy.. wish I could go there either :’(

    lovin’ that green skirt <3

    visit mine whenever you had a chance :D

    warmest regards,
    Miss Aa
    http://www.miss-aa.com

  • http://ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com/ Lydia Teo

    London looks so amazing, I really want to go there! I want to walk down the stairs of the Natural History Museum of London feeling like a princess, haha!

     ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  • Francesca

    Ahh I’m glad you love London so much (these photos are lovely)

    If you ever were to move here, we’d (or I) would welcome you with open arms ;-)

    Francesca xo
    http://goingroundthemulberrybush.blogspot.co.uk
    http://www.yummylikecake.com

  • Kerrin

    Amazing photos! 

  • Julia Smolnik

    Oh God, I’m addicted to your blog :) I love how you catch the moments, places, food! You’re also so beautiful and you’ve got so inspiring style for me. 

  • http://www.deancorno.blogspot.com/ Dean Corno

    Such cute pictures! It looks like you had a great time.

    http://www.deancorno.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/biancapaulabianca Bianca Sevilla

    Making me cry! I lived in London for 2 years (did the usual Aussie thing: Finished uni. Left the country.) and this is making me miss it and all my Londoner friends so so so sooooo bad. I would kill to buy lunch from M&S again.

  • http://www.newindecember.com/ Jolene

    It looks too lovely. I have selective memory of London when I was younger at the age of 2 to 4? And I can barely remember until I look at photographs again. But I really can’t wait to go (after this post) to actually visit now. Following you now Kani! 

  • http://www.beautyandthings.com/ kerker

    Awesome photos Kani. I’ve never been to London, one day I will! 

  • Poo

    You just listed obvious tourist destinations…

  • Diva In Me

    Your pictures brought back memories for me. Last year I was there with my bf to welcome 2012 when we had our Europe tour. Now, it’s a year and some later. All the places you took pictures off still feel so fresh on my mind. I find London a little too crowded but I definitely love having teas and the shopping! =D

  • http://thesapphirequeen.blogspot.com/ Sapir

    This is so amazing! London looks wonderful! I definitely want to visit one day…along with the rest of europe haha!
    I’m also in love with your yellow beanie! So cute!
    Best, 
    Sapir
    thesapphirequeen.blogspot.com

  • Jess Lucas

    Next time you come over you should definitely hit Spitlefields and around Brick lane, as a Londoner the east has so many cool and inspiring things to see:) Plus the vintage shops and markets around brick lane are great, you can lose all your well earned money there!!

    Jess x
    http://pinkindielondon.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Susan

    Beautiful photos! I love your looks!

    Susan
    http://www.thecutefashion.com