Gallery: welcome to my wonderful world
I love to travel and see other lands; I love to spend time in the country, time by the sea, time among mountains or deserts. But I am a city girl.
I was born in London and my earliest walks were in and around Primrose Hill and Regents Park in the north of the city. I grew up in its suburbs and have lived all my life here apart from three years away at university. This is where I belong, and if ever I leave London it will probably be to live in another city.
I have often amused myself with thinking how different a place London is to different people.James Boswell
Boswell was right – there are as many Londons as you want there to be, and one for every mood.
In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.Paddington Bear
And Paddington Bear, fictional though he may be, has also hit the nail on the head.
The constraints of living during a pandemic have taught all of us to appreciate what is on our doorstep. They have also reminded me of how much I love the wonderful, varied, dynamic world that lies just beyond my suburb. Under strict lockdown it was out of reach, and I missed it. As soon as I could I was back in the city, enjoying its buzz, its art, its river, its diversity, its big sights and little details.
Amy’s choice of Lens Artists Challenge theme this week is the perfect excuse to share some images of my wonderful London world. There may even be a few trees of green and, if not red roses, some flowers too among them!
The view from Tower Bridge
Winter view of Whitehall from St James’ Park
The same view in summer
Hampstead Heath in summer
One of the ponds on Hampstead Heath
Autumn crocuses in St James’ Park
Blue front door and red geraniums in a Gloucester Road garden
The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens – this sculpture group represents Africa
Colourful terraced houses in Notting Hill
A narrowboat festival at Little Venice
The view of Docklands from Greenwich Park
The Tower of London in winter
On the south bank of the Thames
Statue of Charlie Chaplin in Leicester Square
One of the lions in Trafalgar Square
At a festival in Regent Street
At a photo exhibition in Kensington
In Camden – visitors to the market
I have tried in these few photos to give you a sense of much that I love about London, but it would take a hundred posts to cover everything!
To finish, here is the full version of the most quoted quote about my city:
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
The photos in this post were taken between 2014 and 2021
What a wonderful collection, Sarah. I didn’t realize you come from London–one of my favorite cities. Your images brought back wonderful memories for me. Primrose Hill! Hampstead Heath! Little Venice! Notting Hill! I love them all.
I’m so glad I brought back such good memories for you Patti 🙂 Yes, I’m a Londoner through and through, and I love my city!
Great quotes, GREAT photos. A great, GREAT city.
Thanks so much John, glad you liked the quotes as well as the photos 🙂
What a fantastic collection of London, Sarah. And with the whole gallery of culture you showed us, I admit to loving the geranium against the blue door. All your photos brought back memories of a wonderful trip we took there, and still didn’t even touch the surface. Thank you, Donna
Hi Donna and thank you for your comment – I’m happy you enjoyed all these photos. The red geranium is a favourite of mine 🙂 I’m glad to have brought back good memories for you too – but you’re right, no small collection of images like this could ever really touch the surface. To reflect London’s diversity properly I would have to post hundreds, maybe thousands, of photos!!
Yes. hundreds per day. lol. A place that grabbed my heart was Princess Dianas garden. It is so well done. Very special. have a good rest of your day.
I so enjoyed your thoughts, photos and quotes of “home.” You are inspiring me to do some places I have lived…
Oh yes, do – it’s the perfect subject for a blog while going further afield isn’t possible!
I agree with Sam Johnson and I don’t think you will find another city to move to that will satisfy you. Bob and I were both born in a small city (Baltimore – and my mother who was from Philadelphia did not think it was a ‘real’ city) but neither of us are city people.
You could be right Rosalie, although I am very fond of Newcastle and we do sometimes talk about moving there one day. And I have a fantasy about living in Paris for a year!!
I have so often quoted (and plagiarised) that Samuel Johnson line, because it’s so true. From the very first time I saw London as a 5-year old, I’ve loved it, and still do. Regular trips to London is one of the very few things I miss about work since retirement, especially as leisure trips have also been so limited in the past 18 months or so – we have always previously had at least a monthly fix. I’m due up this week though for a few beers with former business associates and am as excited as a little kid! I also love reading when someone is proud of, and still loves, their own city, so this post really made me smile a lot. Phil.
Thank you Phil 🙂 I hope you’re able to resume more frequent visits, as I am myself. I’m meeting up with friends for a day out on Friday and am also excited!
Even though it’s been nearly 20 years since my “working holiday” there I still often think of London and miss it terribly! I think I explored every inch of that city when I wasn’t slaving away in a Kensington hotel! I lived around the corner from primrose hill and spent many a summer evening there. It’s just glorious!
Yes, Primrose Hill is a lovely spot and not as appreciated as it should be perhaps! I haven’t been for a few years. A shame we didn’t know each other back in those days!
Yes a shame indeed…. But I was quite young and silly those days so maybe you wouldn’t have wanted to meet me then! 🤣🤣🤣
Absolutely stunning images, Sarah, and I can’t thank you enough for reminding me of some places I had not forgotten, but neglected. I used to love Primrose Hill and sitting looking across London, Highgate too. I lived on a narrowboat in Little Venice in the fifties (long before it was a famous place to live – then it was just cheap accommodation)!
PS Have you thought of selling your photos to an agency? They are so good.
Thanks so much Mari 😊 It must have been interesting living in Little Venice back then!
I do sell a few images through an online digital agency, Dreamstime, but they make peanuts 🤔 I do it more for the little thrill of knowing someone liked my photo enough to pay for it rather than the money, for sure. I’ve never been organised enough to make a more concentrated attempt to make money from my photography!
I’ve only been to London once, and it was such a wonderful place. ❤ You are so lucky to get to live there. This post had me looking over all my old photos. It might be a few years before we can go back, but it would be so fun to have you as a tour guide to London! I’m a country girl, who loves to ‘visit’ the exciting big Cities and then go home to the peace and quiet. 😊
Thank you Rose, it’s good to know you enjoyed your one visit to London 🙂 I’m always happy tp play tour guide when friends visit!
Wonderful views of your beautiful city Sarah. Have been many times but as tourists we don’t get to see it as you do. Next time I’ll call you first!!
Do that Tina and I’ll show yo some favourite spots 😀
A wonderful selection of photos giving us a diverse view of London.
Thanks so much Sandy 🙂
I enjoy your beautiful London world through your lens. Thank you, Sarah for touring us of its buzz, art, river, diversity… We have visited London three times, and still want to go back. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed this Amy, and I’m always happy when I hear of satisfied visitors to the city!
Great photos, great quotes Sarah! Oh how I would love to explore your corner of the world! I also love to travel. Thank you for taking me on a wonderful tour of what is so special to you😊❤
Thank you Lisa, I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing ‘my’ London 🙂 You never know – if you make it here one day I could show you some favourite spots in person!
That would be so awesome!! You never know!
Great blog blog with stunning photographs ,thanks for sharing Sarah !😀
Thank you very much 🙂