I often take London for granted. If I find myself wanting to visit a busy city, I’d always rather go abroad than go to London. But after a failed accidental attempt at visiting Winter Wonderland on opening night a few years ago, we decided to try again this year. And I wanted to try out my new camera (post about that coming soon).
This was also our first time staying in an AirBnb. I’m normally a hotel kind of girl, but for one night we couldn’t justify the prices some places were charging, so we opted for a place on the edge of Zone 1 with a gorgeous view of the city. I’ll be honest, we chose this place in particular because they have two cats. I couldn’t fault the apartment at all – it was spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated, and he did us the best vegan breakfast I’ve ever had. If you’re ever staying in London, make sure you stay here.
There were a few places in particular I wanted to visit, but as I was making my list I forgot how much walking is involved with London, so we didn’t get chance to do half of the things I’d planned. So rather than a fully packed London post with all the tips and tricks, this is going to be more of a photo heavy post. If you want to see more about my trip, head over to my instagram page to view my London highlights.
Kynance Mews is one of the prettiest streets in London that I’ve ever seen. Tucked down a side street in the Kensington area you’d probably miss it if you weren’t actively looking for it. I do tend to go for darker tones in my photography anyway, but I can imagine it looking so much better in literally any other season apart from this one!
Another place ticked off my list is Leadenhall Market. Right in the middle of Canary Wharf, it was bustling full of businessmen enjoying a beer on their lunch break and people going about their day. The reason I wanted to visit this market was because I’d read that it was used as Diagon Alley in one of the Harry Potter films, and that the Leaky Cauldron was also nearby (which is actually an opticians in real life!).
Would a trip to London ever be complete without visiting Notting Hill? I didn’t get many photos here because it was starting to get dark, and I was absolutely shattered.
Honestly, I don’t feel like I got many photos compared to some of my other trips. Even though we took advantage of the public transport wherever we could we still did a hell of a lot of walking, and I was completely exhausted and in a lot of back and leg pain throughout the entire trip. And with the evening’s drawing in at around 4pm, I didn’t have as many daylight hours as I’d have liked to be able to photograph everything.
Another thing that I discovered while in London is that you can now use your contactless cards on the tube (I’m sure this is NOT breaking news and you’re probably thinking that I’ve been living under a rock). We’re used to getting the 24 hour travel cards for around £12.50 each, which covers journeys from zones 1-6. On the second day we realised that it’s much cheaper to just use our contactless cards, as it caps the spend at around £6.20 (this depends on which zones you travel to).
Pain and time limits aside, I did have a wonderful time. Winter Wonderland was magical but very busy and crowded – it was a bit of a mix between Bridgwater Fair and the rustic Christmas Market’s I visited in Vienna. Now that I’ve been to Winter Wonderland once, I don’t know if it’ll be something high on my list to do again.