Last wednesday I was exploring London on my own. It was not my first time visiting the city but almost five years seemed like an eternity ago, making me feel like it all had been a dream. So it was lovely to go back, this time as a solo adventurer, taking a huge step out of my comfort zone.
I wrote a whole post talking about my experience traveling solo – how was it, the best & worst things, will I do it again? – but today I just want to share with you some of my favorite photographs from the trip. Of course I visited the main London icons – aka the Big Ben, London Eye, The Buckingham Palace, etc. but I’m sure you all seen photos of those so I decided to pick ten snaps that aren’t so typical and show different details of the city.
When I travel, I always enjoy visiting the local markets so I had to make a quick stop at Borough Market. I absolutely loved the atmosphere, the Christmas tree decorated with oranges and the delicious vanilla cream-filled doughnut from the Bread Ahead Bakery – I obviously had to try one after reading so many good things about it!
The Natural History Museum was at the top of my list of places to visit. The building has an incredible architecture and I was excited to see the Dinossaurs gallery which was pretty cool! After leaving the museum, I walked to Harrods and it looked gorgeous at night with all its Christmas lights switched on. From there, it’s a short walk until Hyde Park where I visited Winter Wonderland and ate some yummy Spanish churros with sugar & cinnamon!
London looks even prettier during the holiday season! On my way to the Buckingham Palace, I spotted the beautiful Christmas decorations at The Ritz. Unfortunately, my wallet didn’t allow me to stay there, of course. And it was actually a bit hard to find a cheap (but nice) hotel during this time of the year. I could have stayed in a hostel but, since I went alone and enjoy my private space, I ended up booking a room at the Easy Hotel in Earl’s Court. You get what you pay for, a bed and a bathroom. Everything else is charged separately. I didn’t love it, to be honest, but it was good and situated in a lovely neighborhood.
St James Park is such a beautiful place with a great view over the London Eye. It also has lots of squirrels that come really close to people – look at him, so cute!
I really like the contrast between old and new buildings, I find it really interesting!
Here’s a seagull posing for the picture haha.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos I took and hearing about some of the things I did while in London. And if you’re interested, I also wrote a post about my experience traveling solo & why I think everyone should have that experience.