We were invited to stay at the Holiday Inn London-Bloomsbury allowing us a full day and night to take photos in England’s proud capital. Despite its crowded, grey reputation London can be romantic, especially in the winter and when darkness falls. Here’s our favourite London views…
If you’re visiting London for a trip here’s some of our favourite places:
Shopping – Portobello Road market. Yes it can be touristy this is one of the most famous street markets in the world and shouldn’t be missed. There’s actually a market here six days a week but the Saturday antiques market it the real draw. Head there for an eclectic mix of antique stalls, galleries and independent shops and cafes.
Food Shopping – Maltby Street Market. Now known as the ‘new Borough market’. Try this market to independent artisan producers and specialist drink retailers who sell everything from freshly baked goods to unusual varieties of vegetables. You’ll find them all stuffed in between railway arches in Bermondsey. Every Saturday (from 9am – 2pm).
Bars and Restaurants – The best thing to do to find the most interesting bars and restaurants in London is to head out of the centre. Almost every area is hailed as the next trendy place but places which have been consistently very good include Brixton, Battersea, Old Street and Angel Islington. Angel Islington‘s main street is home to boutique shops, vintage stores, design shops and even an antiques market. Stay until the evening and also find yourself choosing from a huge range of upmarket bars and restaurants which cater to an eclectic range of tastes.
Parks – London is famous for it’s green spaces and two of the most popular parks are located in the centre of the city – Hyde Park and Regents Park. Although if you head a bit further out you’re likely to find some of the more interesting places. Try Richmond Park an ancient deer-hunting park, Hampstead Heath which has a variety of landscapes including hills, ponds, woodlands and open grassy places or Hampton Court gardens for some of the most beautiful gardens in the world.