London Town

Cheerio, my friends!

In tribute to the Jubilee festivities, I’ll share a few images from our recent day in our favorite city.

When I was 14, we spent a magical summer outside of London, near Richmond, in a centuries-old house with narrow staircases and crooked beams and hidden rooms. We absorbed with wide-eyed wonder London’s architecture, museums, galleries, shops and parks, creating indelible memories as we explored each cobble-stoned street. Ever since, we’ve adored her unique blend of history, charm, quirkiness and style. Subsequently, I attended a summer course at a London drama school, lived and worked in the city, and visit whenever possible. I’ve been fortunate to marvel at many of the world’s great cities, from Tokyo to Rome to Paris, but dear London will always have my heart. So, when a frustrating flight delay in April necessitated an overnight stay, we were {secretly} delighted. (And was the only sunny day that week.) :)

Some of my favorite London activities:

Visit the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Britain Gallery
Linger over tea and cakes at Fortnum and Mason
Walk along the Thames at dusk
Attend a performance at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park (summer)
Warm up with hot chestnuts from a street vendor (winter)
Scout for treasures at an antiquarian book shop
Sigh over incredible fabrics at Liberty
Say hello to the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square
Stroll through any of the parks – St. James, Hyde Park, Hamstead Heath
Soak up the lively atmosphere at Covent Garden and Neal’s Yard
Listen to Big Ben chime the hour, any time of day

Have you been lucky enough to visit or live in London? What do you love most there?

We are having the soggiest start to summer here in the Northwest. Hope your days are sunny and bright.

xo

– g

37 comments


  • Beautiful images!

    June 5, 2012
  • So lovely…!! I lived in England when I was three which means, unfortunately, I have very few memories of it. I do, however, remember the pigeons attacking my hair in Trafalgar Square. lol

    June 5, 2012
  • I'm in awe how you are able to capture each image so perfectly, that I get a sense of being transported into the frame.
    Thanks for sharing!
    – Sylvi

    June 5, 2012
  • London has never looked as pretty as in your photos? Were you able to visit Borough Market this time?

    June 5, 2012
  • Beautiful! Never been there, but will dream to after having seen you pictures and read your post)))
    Have you ever been to Russia? ;)

    June 5, 2012
  • I love London, you captured it perfectly with a dose of dreamy.

    June 5, 2012
  • Beautiful photo's Georgianna…you were so fortunate to have blue skies and sunshine! My husband is from England and lived for most of his life in the Cotswolds but worked in London for many years. He moved to Canada when we married but we still have family living there. When we visit we're usually off to the Cotswolds and Wilton which are both lovely areas to visit but unfortunately my stays in the city have been short and few. (and I hope to rectify that one day) Blessings, Kate

    June 5, 2012
  • The Penmaker and I visited Scotland in 1976 and took a train down to London for a week's stay. I know that's ages ago, but I've never forgotten the charm and beauty of that magnificent city.
    LOVE the photos… am especially liking the horse with the black spot. They're all fantastic… looking forward to seeing more!

    June 5, 2012
  • I love your photos and your favorites list of London! We were there 20 years ago this July for a month long visit of England and Scotland. We enjoyed the many sights and can't name a favorite. I would love to return one day and take lots of pics with my digital camera. My camera at that time was a 35 mm SLR film which made multiple photos impossible. I had to choose my shots carefully and sparingly. LOL Blessings, Pamela

    June 5, 2012
  • Hello G
    I've not been London or anywhere across the big pond. I do, however, see the sights through your photography and love all that you share.
    Judith

    June 5, 2012
  • London through your eyes is so pretty G, I'm loving these photos :) It's such a great city! I have so much family over there, I've been over and back a couple of times since I was a young girl and every time it's still so wonderful. Convent Garden is one of my favourite places too, there's always such a great atmosphere there. Glad to see you had a good time x

    June 5, 2012
  • Really enjoyed and loved seeing your pictures from London! Beautiful! :) I've been there a couple of times but it's a couple of years since my last visit. I hope to go there again soon. Looking forward to more pictures!

    Next time you're in Europe you definitely should come to Sweden! I'll be your guide… ;) xo

    June 5, 2012
  • Your shots of London Town are beautiful! We were there about 4 years ago and my favorite part was going to the Chelsea Flower Show.
    I would love to go back to England and stay in the Cotswolds for a couple of weeks.

    Take care,
    Carolyn

    June 5, 2012
  • These are all such beautiful shots.. Just looking at these really makes me want to visit this wonderful city.. I have never been but would LOVE to go someday!

    Hugs~

    June 5, 2012
  • Thank you for such a beautiful post! I visited London once, and would love to visit more. Absolutely beautiful city!

    June 5, 2012
  • Beautiful photos! I love love love London and have been there about 16 times! When I was a teenager I would sometimes go there three times a year to go to concerts, musicals, visit the National Gallery etc…

    June 6, 2012
  • My husband was born outside of London and hasn't been back since he was a teenager. I've never been but wow – I've never seen London so beautifully portrayed as I have here with your bright and sunny (and dreamy) portraits. Gorgeous!

    June 6, 2012
  • Although Paris is my favorite big city, I love London too, but I must admit that my favorite thing to do in England is to visit the gardens, no where else are gardens as beautiful as in England.

    June 6, 2012
  • Just stunning G! It's been a long time since I've visited London but may need to go back when I'm across the pond again after seeing your gorgeous images. Thank you for sharing!

    June 6, 2012
  • You're making me fall in love with London all over again. Your London photos are dreamy! It's Open Garden weekend this week in London–wish you were here!

    June 6, 2012
  • Beautiful pictures G. I have never been to London, but it is on my bucket list.

    June 6, 2012
  • I love to visit london especially at Christmas time. I have fond memories of the first time i went to london with my Granny, we took a taxi and she said to the driver, "take us along all the best sights for this little country bumpkin!" it id this memory that inspired my business name

    June 7, 2012
  • So very gorgeous. Each image is stunning and a master piece. Loved your view.
    I would love to go someday..Someday

    June 7, 2012
  • Oh my….I could linger there forever Georgianna!….I flew for an int'l airline in the 80's and 90's and was fortunate to fly a year for British Airways. I was in London 12-15 days a month every month….last Sept. my sweetie arranged a 10 day trip to my favorite city on earth…so, here's what we enjoyed….
    An ice cream sundae in Harrods..
    A Picnic at the Princess Diana memorial garden (Hyde Park)
    Lunch at The Tate Modern, and a walk across the Millennium Bridge
    People watching at Marble Arch
    A leisurely stroll through the park in front of the American Embassy to see the 9-11 memorial

    Ah, what a town….smiles

    June 7, 2012
  • it's a glad beauty
    to see the city painted
    in soft strokes of gossamer light.
    thank you the treat,
    Jennifer

    June 10, 2012
  • Thankyou for sharing your wonderful images of London Georgianna as a Jubilee Tribute to our Queen.

    June 10, 2012
  • Beautiful images G, London is looking so preened a big year the Jubilee and Olympics…shining star!!
    Carla x

    June 10, 2012
  • Absolutely LOVE the sparkle of the last photo!!! So charming!
    C

    Just FYI, I blogged about you on the FPOE blog today :) Check it out if you have time: http://femalephotographersofetsy.blogspot.ca/

    June 12, 2012
  • Dear Georgianna,

    You have shared some beautiful photographs of London.
    The both times we have been there, enjoyed every moment of it.
    One time we stayed in Sloane Square and the other opposite Hyde Park and walking around Hyde Park, riding the double decker bus and seeing all the magnificent sights were some of the things I enjoyed.
    Will keep your list in mind for next time, thanks.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

    June 12, 2012
  • Hello dear G.! It's been far too long since I've visited your lovely blog! Your images of London are breathtakingly gorgeous! I've never been to London (or England for that matter) but through your eyes it looks magical. I can only imagine how delightful it would have been to live in a house like you did – even if it was just for a summer. :) Sometimes layovers turn out to be blessings in disguise!

    Hope your weather has dried up a bit! Have a lovely week! xo, Lynda

    June 12, 2012
  • OMG. those tiltshift photos are just perfect. Love them all.

    June 12, 2012
  • Your photos make me dream !!! After Paris, I hope next year, London will be my next trip to this beautiful city. I better start saving money soon… :)

    June 13, 2012
  • How wonderful to find this post as we were in London this week ;-) I was hoping to make it to Covent Garden but we got delayed so we had to cancel those plans. But I'm hoping to go again in August/September to make up for that.

    We were discussing it while we sat drinking amazing lattes in Whole Foods (on Kensington High Street) that the surrounding area is our London comfort zone. I just feel like home when I'm there. The hotel is right between Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate, so quiet and lovely, and then the Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park is just a few steps away. Love it.

    June 15, 2012
  • BEAUTIFUL images here, Georgianna.
    You are such a lucky girl to have spent so much time in London,
    and near there. *sigh*
    I've never been, but it's at the top of my wish list. In fact,
    I keep trying to convince my husband we should move there for a year,
    since I just know a couple of weeks won't do for me. LOL.

    Thank you for sharing such beauty with us.
    love,
    Sherilyn

    June 19, 2012
  • Hi!
    Fabulous photos – brilliant to see London looking so gorgeous! I’m lucky enough to be a Brit and have been to London many times…never seen it look quite so nice as through your lens! Just discovered your photography – beautiful work
    Heidi x

    June 21, 2012
  • Again, you’ve achieved Fairy Tale photographs :)
    Hoping to visit London for the first time evah this Fall. Thank you for your lovely post!

    Also, adored the Paris Peonies and charming Amsterdam. Highlight: the impressionistic water shot that surely has Monet smiling upon you.

    Continued inspiration and xoxo…. Mary

    June 21, 2012
  • I’ve got your e-mail and I had to see London through your lenses, and here I am, thinking “Oooh, wow!”
    Georgianna, your photos are breathtakingly awesome! :)

    August 13, 2013

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