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.
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.
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!
The cobblestone streets of Covent Garden: I just love the way London is. There seems to be a fresh feel to the old buildings which still stand til this very day. Whilst the upper storeys keep their brick outers, the ground levels are converted into brightly coloured shop fronts which just seem to add such a cute contrast to the overall look. Coupled with the cobblestone roads which lead you to all sorts of quirky little boutiques around Covent Garden, it makes for a very beautiful area of inner city London.
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.
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!
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!
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.