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