Monday, 24 November 2014

"Streets of London"

Last week I took a days holiday from the joys of accounting and headed up to London. I had been invited to a Christmas get together, organised by Bake With Maria and Victoria Eggs (separate post to follow) and decided to take the day to have a leisurely day in the city before the Christmas shoppers start to visit en masse.

My train finishes at Waterloo so I had a loose plan to walk along the Southbank, stopping off at Borough Market, before heading on to see the poppies at Tower Bridge and finishing in one of the great museums London has to offer.

It was one of those beautiful, bright Autumnal mornings, arriving into London at 10.30 meant the crowds had not quite materialised yet. In actual fact I got quite a few shots with no-one else in them, especially around the London Eye...

Further along the Southbank I watched a man make huge bubbles for children to pop...

And I found this little fellow by The Globe Theatre...

A quick detour into Borough Market brought me my lunch of traditional Pie & Mash (yum!) and huge foodie envy looking at the stands that were open for trading...

Feeling decidedly full I needed to get a bit of a march on to make it over Tower Bridge and to the Remembrance Poppies. This was the busiest part of London with crowds of people all around the Tower. But it was also one of the quietest areas, people lost in thought, maybe saying little prayers of thanks. Everyone subtly moving to allow a photograph or two to be taken. I felt so privileged to have seen them before they were all picked and sent away. The sheer scale of the installation was incredible, even with half of the poppies already collected. I walked the whole perimeter before heading on to my final port of call..

I've never been to the British Museum, but as soon as I stepped inside the Atrium my breath was taken away. Picking up a map, I decided to focus on the Egyptian rooms. The mummies looked pretty scary and I was amazed there were so many, even pets were mummified - I felt a bit disrespectful taking photographs of mummies so just took a few of the different artifacts instead...

And then before I knew it, it was 4pm and time to head up to North West London for Christmas food and chats...but that's a whole different post...

Joining in this week with Magic Moments and What's the Story?


  1. Looks like you had a fab time, I really would've liked to see the poppies before they were taken down. I hope you had a lovely morning and enjoyed your explorations of London. Popping in from Magic Moments.

  2. Sounds lovely, and am also envious that you saw the poppies, we didn't make it sadly. x

  3. Sounds like a fabulous day, being able to wander around London, not in a rush, is a great way to spend the day :) I wish we'd been able to see the poppies, glad you managed to make it x #MagicMoments

  4. Great images of a great day. The poppies are so moving, aren't they? We were in London on Saturday, also checking out some of the bears on the Paddington trail - the kids loved it!

  5. Gorgeous photos - especially the one of the London Eye and the poppies. We saw them a few weeks ago - so very moving. Sounds like you had a lovely day out :-)

  6. lovely pictures looks like a fab time. I used to spend every last few days of the summer holidays in London with my mum, I used to love it

  7. Beautiful photos, specially liked the poppies.To have a leisure walk and notice little things around you is a relaxing thing to do. #WhatsTheStory?

  8. Gorgeous photos. It looks like you had an amazing time - those meringues look lovely :) x

  9. I love just strolling through London, I always think you see so much more that way. I live near the poppies and although the crowds starting getting a bit wearing when I just wanted to get home, they were really beautiful and I miss them now they're gone!
    Cx / Bloglovin