I’ve been in London over the last week on business. My days have been filled with meetings, and I lugged my heavy DSLR around with me wherever we went. I made the time to take photos while wandering the streets of London. Next time I go, I’m taking one small wide angle lens with me instead of the 24-70mm lens that I used this time. I really felt the weight of the camera and lens this week.
We made the most of the trip though. We walked to lunch spots or had a spare moment in the evenings, we made sure we saw something new. Most of my sightseeing though was done while I ran in the early mornings. I’ll blog about that another day, but for now I’m sharing the walking/street photos that I took.
We stayed in an apartment about a block away from St Pauls Cathedral so we heard the bells toll all night long. It was such a beautiful place to stay. As a result, I have loads of photos of St Pauls from every angle.
I absolutely loved the mix of old and new buildings in the city. I love the way they frame each other’s architecture so beautifully. I’ve realised today, going through the few that I took that it’s a bit of theme for me.
We had a spare evening on the first evening, and although we were exhausted we decided to make the most of it. We decided to walk to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Of course, being London in May, it started raining. And of course, being South Africans, we don’t think about umbrellas. Rookie error. We were soaked by the time we got to the bridge. Too fed up to hunt for a place to eat, so we Uber’ed back to St Pauls.
We spotted this down a small road, so walked to admire it. It’s the monument to the Great Fire of London.
We got to the Tower of London just after it closed. Huge pity because I’ve actually never been there before. We didn’t go here when we visited London years ago.
The next day we walked across London during our lunch break to an organic market shop.
I met up with my cousin for drinks at the refurbished Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel. How magnificent! It was such a treat! I loved the black and gold. The cocktail menu was quite something, and I did raise my eyebrows at the prices of some of the drinks. There was a rum available for GBP 12,000! Have you ever?!
I’d love to have high tea in this room!
I decided to try and go into St Pauls on the one morning before my meetings started. What a magnificent church! There was a eucharist service happening in the small chapel while I was there. I sat in the huge seating area in the middle on my own. There weren’t any tourists around because it was so early, so I was completely alone in the main cathedral. What an experience. It was so still and beautifully calm. Just what I needed to do.
It was one incredible trip, and not just because of the fact that it’s London and one of my favourite cities in the world.
If I ever get the opportunity to go again, I’ll take a few days afterwards to do some proper exploring and I’ll visit my family. It just wasn’t possible this time.