travel photos: iconic london

It’s fairly safe to say that I love London. Dreary weather and all. It had won me over within the first couple of hours I was there. These are a few photos taken during my first official sightseeing day. Armed with my new-found knowledge of the tube (which didn’t help much because my district line was down for the weekend), I headed to the city to check out the big London sights – Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey… the list goes on and on. The first stop was Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards. Being a Sunday and during the summer holidays meant that there was a massive crowd for the event. The previous day I had attended the Royal Ascot Races, where I managed to see the Queen (I didn’t take any photos – whoops). Unfortunately she wasn’t at Buckingham Palace when I visited (you can tell by what flag they’re flying). Seeing as Ol’ Lizzie wasn’t home to invite me in for tea and scones, I wandered up to Piccadilly Circus and walked around and just took everything in. Wandering around aimlessly was one of my favourite things to do on this trip. I also checked out the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. I am a bit of a museum/gallery nerd so London and Paris were like crack to me. I had to include the photo of the gates to Green Park (last photo). Talk about opulent. As a lover of all things shiny, the amount of gilt that adorned things made my inner magpie quite happy. I also ventured across to Southbank which was quite lively. Going from Brisbane to a massive city like London is crazy. There’s just so much to see and do. Which is probably why I fell head over heels for it.

29 Comments

  1. *little* bouquets July 31, 2011

    these photos are stunning sounds like interesting trip as well:)

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  2. whitney July 31, 2011

    Oh, these photos are amazing! So jealous of you right now – London is definitely on my list of places I want to travel to.

    fleeting moments

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  3. Macy July 31, 2011

    these are awesome photos, looks like you had a wonderful time

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  4. PinkBow July 31, 2011

    i love the green park area, aren't the gates like versailles!

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  5. herecomesthesun July 31, 2011

    Ahhh amazingness! It makes me so happy you're doing all the touristy bits n pieces too. Glad you're having fun. I imagine London would win me over instantly as well.

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  6. Rachel July 31, 2011

    I can't wait till I (hopefully) move there! And do you know what? Looking at your pictures, I never realised that signs for the Underground say 'Public Subway on them, and I must have taken the underground hundreds of times!

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  7. Megan July 31, 2011

    gorgeous photos!! i love London, such a fun city. cant wait to see more of your trip.

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  8. The Headless Mannequin July 31, 2011

    Very pretty quintessentially London pics! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip there.

    http://www.theheadlessmannequin.blogspot.com

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  9. Carys July 31, 2011

    These photos capture London so perfectly, glad you enjoyed yourself!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  10. Sofía Haltrup July 31, 2011

    I like your blog so much! 😀

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  11. Nicoletta July 31, 2011

    I miss London so much right now.
    Amazing photos!

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  12. Francesca July 31, 2011

    wow lucky you 🙂 i hope to go to europe one day 🙂 x

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  13. LUU H. July 31, 2011

    london is truly my fav city of the all the places i have been to… I cant wait to return to london!

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  14. gee July 31, 2011

    i can not wait to go to london one day.
    these are amazing pictures.
    looks like you had an amazing time.

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  15. Chanelle July 31, 2011

    Ok so I need some advice. What do you think is the absolute minimum number of days I need in London given that a) I've done most of the touristy stuff before when I was there for 3 days when I was 13 and b) I'll be shooting at fashion week for three days at least? My budget means I can't stay forever but I do want to enjoy the place!

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  16. rebecca July 31, 2011

    oh, typical london! crap weather, and the tube not doing what it's supposed to, aha. i'm glad to hear you like it, i absolutely adore the city (:

    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

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  17. Katie July 31, 2011

    Beautiful pictures, I would love to go back to London 🙂

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  18. Sandy Joe July 31, 2011

    The Natural History Museum is a must-see. Their rock and gem collection is unparalleled by any other! Gorgeous snaps.

    x The Pretty Secrets

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  19. Mat July 31, 2011

    you did loads in one day, cripes!

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  20. CaramelLatteKiss July 31, 2011

    If you're still in London, you should definitely visit the Victoria and Albert museum. Actually, get round as many museums and galleries as you can, most of them are free.

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  21. Blithely Unaware August 1, 2011

    Gorgeous photos!! I like the telephone box the most… kind of expect Dr Who to come stumbling out of it or something.

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  22. aelie August 1, 2011

    Amazing photos, I can't wait to go to London, looks like you had a fab time! x

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  23. Sofie August 1, 2011

    Oh my god it looks so beautiful! I miss London. That last photo is so pretty ;___; tea and scones sounds so good too :') looks like an awesome time!

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  24. Rachel August 1, 2011

    I love seeing my city through the eyes of tourists 🙂 lovely photos. I adore the National Portrait Gallery too. x

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  25. soph (owl vs. dove) August 1, 2011

    @PinkBow: much like Versailles! So fancy.

    @Rachel: I don't know if they all do actually. I took a photo of that one specifically because it didn't have a station name. It's one of the ones in Piccadilly Circus.

    @Chanelle: Ahh tough question! I'd say give it a week at least. Or an absolute minimum of 5 days (3 for Fashion Week and 2 for leisure). Depending on what you're keen on doing. If you play your cards right you may be able to do all the major markets in a day. Hampstead Heath is also worthwhile checking out – especially on a fine day. Everything in the city is fairly close and within walking distance so you get a lot covered just by walking around the city in one day. You'll probably soak up a lot just by being at Fashion Week too!

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  26. soph (owl vs. dove) August 1, 2011

    @SandyJoe: Yep, I went there too. Love me a bit of dinosaur action too haha

    @Mat: time-poor tourist style!

    @CaramelLatteKiss: unfortunately I'm already back home, but don't worry, I did get the chance to visit the V&A -twice!

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  27. Carrie August 1, 2011

    love the photos!

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  28. Miss Vodka August 3, 2011

    Such nice photos! I want to go back!!

    xo

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  29. Bren Herrera August 7, 2011

    this is the 2nd post i see today on London. I see a hint here! 🙂 Lovely shots.

    Bren @ B So Chic!
    http://www.bsochic.blogspot.com

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