The great British writer Samuel Johnson once said that he who tires of London tires of life. Although the city has left me exhausted on some occasions, from our days out walking it, I have yet to tire of exploring it. Without a doubt, London is one of the best cities in which to experience a mix of culture, history, energy, and great architecture. On my first visit I wouldn’t have said these same things though.
So what changed? Well I think it was getting to know London a little better. Learning about its history so I knew that neat looking old building was the Tower of London that’s 1,000 years old! Realizing that yes, London can be expensive (which is a bit of a deterrent no doubt) but it really doesn’t have to be as there are oodles of things to see for free, and with a little bit of research things that you don’t have to pay full price for. I just had to take a bit of time to learn these things and my love for London has only grown since then.
Over the past couple of years I’ve shared some of my favourite places in London, an itinerary to see a ton of the highlights in one day, and then some ideas for day trips just outside the city. This month I’d like to give you a little extra burst of London Love with upcoming posts about Hampton Court Palace, a three-day itinerary to really whet your appetite for London, and a whole bunch of fun freebies to help you stay within your travel budget. To kick it all off (and hopefully have you lusting for a trip to London) I’m sharing some of my favourite scenes around the city to give you a little taste of what the London has to offer.
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Ready to start exploring? Grab your most comfortable (virtual) walking shoes and let’s go for a wander around London in photos!
Please feel free to click on any of the photos to enlarge them for a better view.
View from the Tower Bridge of the Tower of London and modern skyscrapers such as the ‘Gherkin’ and the ‘Walkie-Talkie’.
St. Paul’s Cathedral with National Firefighters Memorial in the foreground.
Iconic red phone boxes on the corner of Russell Square.
Intricate and beautiful details of the Great Clock on the Elizabeth Tower.
Looking back on Canary Wharf area from Thames Clipper boat.
Two of my absolute London favourites- the Tower Bridge just behind a piece of the wall of the Tower of London.
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The ‘Alien’ sculpture in Lower Grosvenor Gardens.
First appearing in stations in 1908, the Underground roundel is now a common sight all over the city.
Old-world charm is found at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel which was once the most glamorous of London’s railway hotels.
Buckingham Palace peeking through the trees around St. James’s Park.
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Inspection of the Guard at Wellington Barracks- a great alternative to the overcrowded Changing the Guard ceremony just around the corner at Buckingham Palace.
Views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge.
A popular pub with the political and literary elite of London, including Winston Churchill and Charles Dickens. Today the Red Lion is still comfortable enough for us less famous folks to grab a pint and some pub grub.
St. Paul’s Cathedral on a chilly winter day.
Guards marching the perimeter of the grounds inside the Tower of London.
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More of the old with the new- modern and sleek City Hall and the Shard serving as the backdrop for the Tower of London.
Stunning spires of Westminster Abbey.
The London Eye is a fantastic place from which to see the best sights of London.
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Details and more details go in to the design of so many of the buildings in London. Always look up to see what you’ll find.
Art on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square is always changing. A recent installation was the ‘Gift Horse’.
Defining the London skyline is 30 St. Mary Axe, or more casually known as the ‘Gherkin’.
Statue of Eros watches over the hoards of people that gather at his base in Piccadilly Circus.
I never tire of London, and I especially never tire of the Tower Bridge. What an amazing, and beautiful, architectural achievement.
There we are, just a little taste of London to hopefully get you dreaming of a new place to visit…. or revisit if you’ve already been there. There is so much to do in London I think it would take years to see it all. But it sure would be fun to try eh?
Have you been to London? If so, what are your favourite scenes? If not, what’s the first thing you want to see when you get there?