I don’t visit London very often. – It’s too costly and does take over an hour on the train (which is great for reading and some staring-out-the-window-reflectively-time, but, like yesterday when there are drunk Rugby crowds, it’s not always a relaxing journey).
When I do go, I like to take it all in and see it as if I was visiting for the very first time. Yesterday, I was in a part of London I can’t recall ever being in, which of course resulted in me taking photos of all the buildings I don’t remember seeing before.
1. WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
You can’t really miss this one. Taking photos here on a December afternoon, with the inside all lit up and the sparkly Christmas tree, I couldn’t help but begin to feel that festive glow… Then we walked a little further and I began to feel my fingers get colder and colder. Then I remembered, aside from Christmas, I rather dislike December.
2. THE ROYAL MEWS
This – I found after arriving home and googling it – is The Royal Mews, “A grand collection of royal transport including horses, cars and the fancy 1762 Gold State Coach.”. I was drawn to the pillars, and the golden clock face.
3. BALLS BROTHERS
Loved the name, the red bricks, the windows, the little-black-balcony-type -things that I don’t know the correct name of and the Christmassy lights in the windows. – The building in general made me think London.
4. GLASSY NEW HEIGHTS
I’m not overly keen on modern architecture. – Particularly when it’s glassy and spiky-esque like in this photo. (I’m still deciding whether or not I actually like The Shard, although everyone I speak to seems to love it..) Nevertheless, I was drawn in enough to take a photo.
5. BAG O NAILS PUB
This pub reminded me of the little buildings in Diagon Alley in Harry Potter… Plus I just liked the fact it had the Buckingham Palace Road sign and a red bus going past just as I captured the moment.
6. GRASSY SIDES
I mean it’s a building, covered in grass. How can one not photograph this?
..and of course, with it being London, I had to photograph The Buckingham Palace shop…