In BIG pictures: London views


We were invited to stay at the  Holiday Inn London-Bloomsbury allowing us a full day and night to take photos in England’s proud capital. Despite its crowded, grey reputation London can be romantic, especially in the winter and when darkness falls. Here’s our favourite London views…

Brick Lane

London Eye on

Sky over London on

Carousel and London Eye on

South Bank Bubble on

Telephone Boxes on

Thames at Night on

Thames View on

Trafalgar Square at Night on

Trafalgar Square Light Trails on

If you’re visiting London for a trip here’s some of our favourite places:

 ShoppingPortobello Road market. Yes it can be touristy this is one of the most famous street markets in the world and shouldn’t be missed. There’s actually a market here six days a week but the Saturday antiques market it the real draw. Head there for an eclectic mix of antique stalls, galleries and independent shops and cafes.

Food Shopping – Maltby Street Market. Now known as the ‘new Borough market’. Try this market to independent artisan producers and specialist drink retailers who sell everything from freshly baked goods to unusual varieties of vegetables. You’ll find them all stuffed in between railway arches in Bermondsey. Every Saturday (from 9am – 2pm).

Bars and Restaurants – The best thing to do to find the most interesting bars and restaurants in London is to head out of the centre. Almost every area is hailed as the next trendy place but places which have been consistently very good include Brixton, Battersea, Old Street and Angel Islington. Angel Islington‘s main street is home to boutique shops, vintage stores, design shops and even an antiques market. Stay until the evening and also find yourself choosing from a huge range of upmarket bars and restaurants which cater to an eclectic range of tastes.

Parks – London is famous for it’s green spaces and two of the most popular parks are located in the centre of the city – Hyde Park and Regents Park. Although if you head a bit further out you’re likely to find some of the more interesting places. Try Richmond Park an ancient deer-hunting park, Hampstead Heath which has a variety of landscapes including hills, ponds, woodlands and open grassy places or Hampton Court gardens for some of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.


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