I recently visited the U.K. for the first time over the summer. We were primarily there to visit Luke’s family and to sort out his visa situation, the latter affording us a couple of days in London. Paris has really set the bar unfairly high for any future visits to famous capitals. I tend to have high expectations when visiting big cities, as I’m always on the hunt for the next location I’ll fall in love with. I feel like I didn’t spend enough time in London to truly get a feel for it, but the two 10-hour days I was there didn’t excite me as much as I was hoping it would. I did, however, manage to shoot some of the things that I was inspired by during my short time there so keep scrolling to see London through my eyes. I’m looking forward to returning one day and doing some of the things we didn’t have time for on this trip, such as visiting a market (We were planning on going to Camden Lock Market), having a picnic in Kew Gardens, seeing the inside of Westminster Abbey, and visiting the Notting Hill neighborhood to walk down the photogenic streets lined with pastel walk-ups. London is just so big and busy and when you have to be back to catch a bus on time, going to places across town is quite risky. I’m looking forward to exploring more of London in the future, but I think it’s safe to say that Paris continues to be my favorite city thus far. 🙂
P.S. Read about my visit to Sketch, a non-traditional option for an exquisite afternoon tea experience in London here.
(Left) Beautiful architectural details inside St. Pancras rail station. (Right) A swan swims tranquilly in St. James Park, a peaceful escape from the city located directly in front of Buckingham Palace.
One of my favorite little quirks about London was the window boxes decorating almost every residence that were overflowing with colorful flowers.
(Left) Facade of Westminster Abbey where royal coronations and weddings (including that of Prince William and Dutchess Kate) have been held for nearly 1,000 years. (Right) Interior of the former Covent Garden farmer’s market. Now a fashion, food, and cultural destination in London, Covent Garden was one of my favorite areas because it was so lively and had something for everyone.
(Left) There were so many beautiful stoops throughout London, but I particularly loved this pistachio green door. (Right) The Elizabeth Tower, which houses the famous bell known as “Big Ben” is a part of the Houses of Parliament building and is a true London landmark.
(Left) View of the London Eye from the North side of River Thames. (Right) One of my favorite window displays on Oxford Street, London’s most famous shopping area.
Interior of St. Pancras station where we arrived to and departed from our London day trip.
(Left) Gorgeous gardens and elaborate golden gates surround Buckingham Palace, the royal residence. (Right) The quintessentially British red double-decker bus driving down Oxford Street.
Harrods was one of my favorite places in London. I’ve been to several high-end shopping centers, including many in Dubai and Paris, but the shopping experience at this British department store is unmatched. Instead of being elegant in a grandiose way, such as Galleries Lafayette in Paris, shopping in Harrods is like walking through a chic fashionista’s closet and being invited to play dress-up. I walked right up to a Chloe Drew bag (which is at the top of my designer wish list) and examined the fine craftmanship in my own hands. Most stores would only ever have a $2,000 bag on display through a glass case, not just casually sitting pretty on a shelf. I’ve never felt more welcomed to browse through numerous rooms and several floors of high-end pieces than I did here. If and when I ever have money to spend, I will go back to Harrods for the experience alone.
(Left) We didn’t arrive in London in time to see the famous changing of the guards at Buckingham, but we did get to see a trooper of the Household Calvary horse-back so that’s even better because HORSES. (Right) The National Gallery, a world-renowned art museum which houses an incredible collection of oil paintings, is situated at the top of Trafalgar Square, a popular meeting and common area.
“London Photo Diary” Photographed by Emily Davis
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