Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Northerner In London


On Saturday morning, my friend & I braved the December shoppers in the the capital city.

I've always been brutally honest when I say that London 'isn't for me,' - come to think of it, most capital cities haven't been my favourite places when travelling; normally due to the mass amounts of people and hustle & bustle that comes with it. Being shoved into the armpit of a stranger on the tube just isn't something I enjoy, what can I say?

Regardless, I was willing to give London another chance. I've been four times in my life and every single time something has gone wrong - I got lost, I got stressed, I wanted to cried (repeat until home). I wanted to like London, I really did. So, this time round, I went with an open, calm and prepared state of mind & embraced the ridiculousness that is Oxford Circus, on a saturday in December. 


And, to my surprise, I did actually enjoy it. Of course, it had its overbearing moments (see 'being shoved into the armpit of a stranger on the tube), but all in all, I had a lovely time.

We wandered the streets, went into a couple of cloth shops; my very talented friend makes clothes, passed the infamous Breakfast Club (and its 20+ outside queue), grabbed a cupcake from the Hummingbird Bakery, had an amazing rum cocktail, visited the Saatchi gallery and whizzed around on the tube like a couple of underground moles.

 
It really opened my eyes to the appeal that London has to so many. Around every corner was something so different from what you'd just seen and, lets just say, the capital really does know how to do Christmas. It was so festive! I loved all the little markets and beautiful decorations. I spent the majority of my time looking up, rather than through my camera, but I did capture a few little moments, that I hope you'll enjoy. 

So, yes, London. It's official, I do like you. Thank you for being so nice, this time. 
Hopefully I'll see you again soon. 


Have you ever visited?
Where's your favourite place in London?
xo
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  1. This is a lovely set of photos. I'm glad you had a better experience this time around- I understand the overwhelming feeling but I really do love London; although I used to think I'd have to move there at some point to experience real city living, but I'm starting to think little old Leeds will be perfectly good enough for me :) xx

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    1. Yay, Leeds! Hehe. I do love it here, it's just enough busy-ness for me. I did really enjoy that trip to London though, I'd love to see some more bits. Xx

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  2. I'm glad you had a good time this time around! London can definitely be a wee bit overbearing at times, but I think I must've gotten used to it myself. In fact I'm starting to worry that I'm slowly turning into an angry Londoner every time I step outside..! :)

    Ceri
    October Eleven

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    1. Haha! Actually the Londoners I did talk to (or, asked for directions) were actually really nice! I can imagine why some are grumpy, from tourists like me bugging them when they're commuting! Haha xx

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  3. GORGEOUS photos Sam!!! You've captured the lighting and ambience perfectly :)

    And I'm so glad London has finally won you over! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks so much Katy! It definitely has :) xx

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  4. I live in London at the minute and I am definitely overwhelmed! It's a fantastic city with a lot to offer but I don't think I want to live here for much longer! I'm glad it was kinder to you this time around xx

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    1. 100%! It's not somewhere I could ever spend a lot of time, the brief day visit was enough for a while but I definitely want to go back and explore a little more :) xx

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  5. I'm so glad you had a nice time. I lived there for six years and although I'd be reluctant to go back for a long time, a short while makes for a lovely visit :) and at Christmas time too!
    The photos are gorgeous too <3

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  6. I do love london but dont get to visit much :( I am glad you had a good time though! Maybe you will visit again some day :)

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  7. Lovely pictures! I am travelling down for the day next Saturday from North Yorkshire. The Saturday before Christmas. I must be mad! ;) xx

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  8. Ahh you're braver than me! London always overwhelms me BUT I do have a soft spot for the South Bank & the Tate Modern - lots of happy teenage memories there! x

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  9. I love London! It's so different from the small town I live in! Although I do spend most of my time there in the museums and art galleries, not on the busy streets!

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    1. Yes! it was so calm in the Saatchi gallery, loved the change of pace :) xx

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  10. Hi Sam!

    Such lovely photos - glad to hear you enjoyed London more this time around :)

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