Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a photostream post. My last was after my trip to Toronto in June/July 2012. This time I’m sharing pictures of my travels to London (in the UK, not Ontario).
I tried to do it all and for the most part I think I succeeded in seeing as many of the sites, eating the food, visiting the galleries and museums, tube and double decker bus riding, walking, shopping and show watching as I possibly could have in just 8 days.
I stayed in the Hammersmith district at the Best Western Plus Seraphine Hammersmith, which was excellent. Their staff was quite friendly and helpful (contrary to reviews we read prior to leaving on our trip). And, though the room was small for three people, it wasn’t actually any worse than others I’ve stayed at. The bathroom, thank goodness, was normal sized and the double bed more than accommodated two people. If you’re thinking of European standards, this exceeds it byfar.
Other than that, we mostly stayed within zones 1 & 2, making good use of our unlimited weekly transit pass. We took in Trafalgar Square, went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, saw a performance of The Woman in Black, now in its 24th year at the Fortune theatre in the West End, had high tea at Fortnum and Mason, shopped at Primark (fabulous clothes for affordable prices – their limited edition collection is amazing) and ate at the pubs as well as the ever-popular Pret A Manger, among many more things.
However, the best part of the trip for me was seeing singing group, Girls Aloud, at the O2 arena on their 10 year anniversary tour (please stay together!). I actually cried a little. It was like seeing the Spice Girls in Las Vegas in 2007 on their reunion tour or seeing Kylie Minogue live. Like the previous concerts, I never expected to see them in front of my very eyes. Yet, I decided to take this trip just for them. I’m so glad I did. Not only was the show amazing, but the whole experience was much better than what I recall of my last trip to London.
While this is not my whole collection of photos (I won’t bore you with the over 1000 I took during my time there), these are my favourite ones. I took the time to Instagram them when I got home. I find them a little more pleasing this way. At least until I have a chance to edit the other 900+.
I hope you enjoy perusing the images. Maybe they’ll spark a memory of your own trip to that vibrant, historical city. Or perhaps they’ll inspire you to visit one day. And, if you like, please take a moment to share with me your recollections of London or what you wish to see when you’re there in the future.
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Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum courtyard
Display at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Glass sculpture and clock in the atrium of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Tube entrance by the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum
People taking a photo of their toy cat in front of the Natural History Museum
Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Notting Hill
Display in front of store in Notting Hill
Crosswalk in Notting Hill
Antique shop display along Portobello Road
Alice’s, an antique shop along Portobello Road
Yellow bicycle resting against a store front on Portobello Road
Display outside a store along Portobello Road
Cash machine and bicycle in Notting Hill
Bicycle parking inside the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts
My tube map and oyster card
The entrance to a shopping arcade along Piccadilly
Perfume jars inside Fortnum and Mason
The central staircase in Fortnum and Mason
High Tea at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon
High tea at Fortnum and Mason
Scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and raspberry jam at Fortnum and Mason
Inside Trafalgar Square
Double decker buses around Trafalgar Square
View of the Waterloo Bridge and London Eye from Somerset House
Girl riding her bike along the Waterloo Bridge
London sightseeing bus going along the Waterloo Bridge
View from the Waterloo Bridge
Entrance to the courtyard of Somerset House
Coming off from the Waterloo Bridge
Film lights at the London Film Museum
Covent Garden market
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Police standing by during a protest in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral
View of St. Paul’s Cathedral from One New Change mall
View across the street from the gherkin building
View of Tower Bridge while standing on the London Bridge
View of St. Paul’s from the grounds of the Tate Modern
The Millennium Bridge leading from Tate Modern to St. Paul’s Cathedral
The London Eye
Bubble maker near the London Eye
Instant photographs and popcorn nearby the London Eye
A carousel along the banks of the River Thames
View of the Westminster Bridge from the banks of the River Thames
View of the London Eye from Westminster Bridge
Statue in Trafalgar Square
Statue in the centre of the grounds at Buckingham Palace
Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
Overlooking the lake in Green Park
Pelicans in the lake at Green Park
View of Victoria Palace through the construction fence at Victoria Station
Big Ben and the London Eye
Big Ben as seen through the fence surrounding the Houses of Parliment
Street art along Whitehall
This little girl screamed when her dad took her up to the horses for a picture in front of the Horse Guards building
Girls Aloud concert on March 3rd – their last night out of three performing at the O2 arena
Girls Aloud channeling their inner Victoria’s Secret angels for their show
The British Museum
Brasserie Blanc, a restaurant in Covent Garden
Blood orange posset from Brasserie Blanc sitting over a map of central London
Cool Britannia, a souvenir shop
Street style – studded t-shirt, fur scarf, Prada bag, tights, Doc Martens, minimal makeup except for the red lips, which were also paired with a leather jacket and skirt
Mr. Bean’s teddy bear!
Tatty Devine jewelry in Seven Dials
Guys dressed up and walking around Covent Garden. My guess is they’re street performers, but maybe they just like crazy suits.
Tie shop in terminal 3 of the Heathrow airport
My nail polish stash from Primark. All of this for $27 CDN!
Fun tights from Primark!
My new clothes from Primark. 7 tops, 6 dresses, a skirt, a sweater and a pair of pants for £181. Not too shabby!