I’ll put it out there: I found it difficult to love London. Like, even.
Maybe it was the fact that I had just come from Paris; the claustrophobia synonymous with the Tube; the well-documented melancholy and dreariness; the dreadful coffee; or perhaps that sour taste in my mouth from the overly inflated prices that sucked the fun and charisma out of our short time there.
That said, the thrill of being in a place I’ve never been before, discovering winding paths I’ve never tread, and seeing things I’ve only ever caught a glimpse of in a magazine enabled us to enjoy all that London had to offer us.
We were even treated to a blue sky afternoon on our last day in the city which timed perfectly with our sightseeing plans on the River Thames and cruising past my favourite landmark in London – Tower Bridge.
From our base in Paddington, we also explored pastel-hued Notting Hill and the Portobello Road Markets (a pitstop at Hummingbird Bakery is a must). Lazily meandering our way along the boutique-lined Westbourne Grove after tucking into breakfast at Granger & Co. proved to be my favourite way to escape the madness of Oxford Circus.
Finally, a tiny window of opportunity to update you all as to my current whereabouts!
Right now I’m in the northernmost capital of the entire world. I touched down in Reykjavik yesterday and then went straight from the airport to the most incredible and exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life: stripped off in 2 degrees weather and took a dip in the Blue Lagoon. But, more on Iceland later.
The past few days have been spent wandering around London and getting to know some of her most heart-stirring places and spaces. These are just some of my favourite snaps from London – blooms along Westbourne Grove (such great shopping here!), discovering those red telephone boxes, my favourite iconic London structure – Tower Bridge, and finally, exploring the pretty pastel-ness in Notting Hill as we strolled down Portobello Road.
Not even the rain could dampen my spirits.