Photostream: London UK Holiday

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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