I Love London, a Photo Essay

Posted on 27. Jan, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, United Kingdom

To say that I love London is a slight understatement, and definitely not a secret.  Throughout the last 4 years, I lived in the city for 10 months and visited 4 times, and took a massive amount of pictures of everything I liked about the city. The incoherent architecture. The quirky shops. The green spaces. The cosy coffee shops. The diversity of accents. And boy, the food.

In honor of all these wonderful things and my love for London, I created a photo essay that I hope represents it well. A fast-forward eclectic mix of everything, if you will!

That’s the first picture I took of London, ever. My photography skills have developed since then, but I still get goosebumps whenever I look at this one. I had just gotten in London in the morning and slept through the day, completely exhausted (moving everything you own to another country will do that to you). I woke up an hour or two before dusk and ventured out on my own, right in time for this magical sunset.

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London is definitely a city of icons and landmarks known worldwide, most of the time filled with giddy tourists in white running shoes. Despite that, I still find myself impressed by these places (giggle-free) - it’s like a reality check every time, a reminder of how privileged I am to see all this.

I used the famous TKTS booth to go see Chicago in 2009, and I absolutely loved it. It was the first time I saw that musical and I would go again in a heartbeat!

London is definitely a city with a big history. No matter where you go, you can step back 100, 200 and even 500 years back. Westminster Abbey is a great example of that, with cloisters that date back to the 1400s. 13th century meets…

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… 21st century! Nice contrast, eh? That’s London for you. Architecture of all possible kinds, creating a unique, eclectic blend.

No photo essay of London would be complete without a hint at its many, many green spaces. Did you know that 1/3 of London is actually a park?

No matter where you look around you, there’s always something to catch your eye.

Love London!

So this is my London. I think a little part of my heart will always remain there, no matter where it physically is!

Are you a fan of London? What are your favorite photos of London? What’s your favorite thing to do, or place to go? Do you have good memories in the city?

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44 Responses to “I Love London, a Photo Essay”

  1. Abby

    27. Jan, 2012

    Gorgeous pics — love the close-ups!

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  2. Annette | Bucket List Journey

    27. Jan, 2012

    Wow! Beautiful photos. This post just made me even more excited about my upcoming trip in April :)

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      Glad I could help your motivation :) Have fun in April, London is definitely magical in the spring. Watch out for those magnolia trees, the smell is really amazing.

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  3. Jade - OurOyster.com

    27. Jan, 2012

    What a great city! I lived there for 3 months and I just loved every second of it!

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      London is indeed very loveable! Although 3 months is very short! :P

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  4. Laurence

    28. Jan, 2012

    I lived in London for a couple of years - one of the few cities I’ve lived in where two years still wasn’t quite enough :) Nice memories from your photos!

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      You know what they say… “Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” — Samuel Johnson

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  5. Andrew

    28. Jan, 2012

    Your photography skills have indeed improved. Love all the little random candid shots. There is so much diversity in such a big town. My favorite of all of them is the Brick Lane sign.

    What is the thing under it? Just a design or another language?

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      I believe it’s Brick Lane in Hindi? That would make sense, although I am not totally sure.

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  6. Will - Gap Daemon

    28. Jan, 2012

    Having left London after two years of living there just last year these picture series really makes me miss it! Are the coloured window frames from Camden? Couldn’t quite work that one out…

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      The window frames are from Neal’s Yard, near Covent Garden. One of my favourite secret hangouts!

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  7. Katherina

    29. Jan, 2012

    Lovely post, really! Makes me feel very excited about living in the city… and certainly reminds me of how special it is. I can’t get enough of its architecture, too…

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      Thanks Katherina! Can’t wait to see more of your lovely London shots ;-)

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  8. Dayna

    29. Jan, 2012

    I need to give London a second chance I think. =) I didn’t dislike it per se, it just didn’t live up to all of my incredible expectations of it. That being said, my two evenings spent wandering around Brick Lane were epic! That neighborhood is one I could wander around for quite some time. Great photos too!

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      London is definitely a city you learn to discover. It might seem overwhelming at first but once you get used to it, there are so many great places to see & things to do! Brick Lane is definitely one of my favourites.

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  9. Amanda

    30. Jan, 2012

    Awesome photo essay. I love the attention to all the little details!

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      Thanks! London makes it easy to focus on the details, there are so many!

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  10. I love London, too! Looking at these photos brought it all back and reminded me how much I miss the city. Hopefully we’ll head back there again this summer. :)

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    • Marie

      31. Jan, 2012

      I hope you go back and take some more pictures ;-) They’re always so great!

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  11. James Cook

    01. Feb, 2012

    Brick lane is an awesome place in London. I had no idea that 1/3 was green space. Thats a really large amount when you think about it.

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Yeah it is! People don’t realize that Hyde Park. Richmond Park and Hampstead Heath are HUGE places.

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  12. London is one of my favorite cities, and I was only there for a week. I definitely plan to go back and explore more. Great photos!

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Thanks! I understand the feeling - even after a year in London, I haven’t done half of what’s out there!

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  13. Michelle

    04. Feb, 2012

    Great shots! As you said London is so photogenic. I’ve been here 5 years now and don’t know where the time has gone. Still so much to explore as well.

    Hope you make it back again one day in your future adventures!

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Wow, 5 years in London, I wish it was me :) You can never get enough of London!

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  14. Some great pics of London! I love that you have included the first one you ever took. Chicago is one of my fave musicals too - would love to see it again. I had no idea that a third of London is parkland. Incredible!

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Yeah I thought it was a cute addition that I included my first photo. It represents so much for me!

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  15. Laura

    03. Mar, 2012

    Great photo essay. I enjoy the fact that you put your first pic of London. Nice touch. :)

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  16. Jeff Titelius

    12. Mar, 2012

    Loved the journey through your eyes and humor my friend! Spectacular photos and yes, event that first one!!

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  17. Joe W

    13. Mar, 2012

    great pics, can’t wait to visit your fabulous city!

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Have fun and enjoy beautiful London :)

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      • Brian

        28. Mar, 2012

        I love being in London. It just seems to buzz with excitement.

        It really intrigues me when I think about all the different facinating characters that have walked Londons streets and the amazing stories that haunt there.

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  18. jocelyn

    03. Apr, 2012

    Really enjoyed the photo essay and hope to see more of it.

    @ Andrew - As regards the Brick Lane sign, the language is bengali & is a literal translation of the lane.

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  19. Vicky

    14. May, 2012

    Aww, some great pictures here! I live in London and I love it too :)

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  20. Sonja

    22. Jun, 2013

    Hi, thank you so much for your lovely love letter about London. I see it the same way as you do. London is such a fantastic city. I always love to visit it. Also because my partner Ben lives in this city. A real Londoner. He can’t be without his so beloved London.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      27. Jun, 2013

      Ohh lucky you! How I long to live in London again.

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