Tower Bridge, London, England

A Photo Essay: London, England

London, England. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about this cosmopolitan city. In college, I spent a couple of weeks exploring London on a study abroad trip and left with no real desire to return. Perhaps it was because it followed 2 weeks in Paris, a city I absolutely adore, or maybe I just didn’t click with London itself. Whatever the case, when we made plans to visit Ireland, it ended up we had a one day stopover to explore London. Suddenly with a new-found excitement to explore London, I set out to research how to best spend our one day. Well, it turns out, it really didn’t matter what I had planned to see because I wasn’t feeling well, and the only way I could manage to spend the afternoon was to take a nap. Thankfully, I started to feel better soon after the nap, which was perfect timing because we had dinner plans with some friends that we had met in Paris last fall. They invited us over for a delicious Sunday roast and apple crumble for dessert and we spent an awesome evening filled with music and great conversation. I guess I will have to make another visit to see how I really feel about London, but until then, here are the photos we managed to snap during our few outings that day:

Green Park, Buckingham Palace

Walking through Green Park affords a grand welcome to the Buckingham Palace with beautiful gates that line the grounds.

Green Park, Buckingham Palace

Bright and beautiful flowers in the Queen’s Garden were a nice surprise in the fall.

Victoria Memorial, London, England

The Victoria Memorial sits outside Buckingham Palace. The memorial was dedicated to Queen Victoria in 1911.

Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, England

The ever popular Queen’s Guard protecting the palace.

Trafalgar Square, London, England

Trafalgar Square is located in central London and is home to fountains and statues, most notably the lions. Many events are held here such as holiday celebrations and political demonstrations.

Sherlock Holmes Pub, London, England

The Sherlock Holmes Pub gives fans a glimpse into the sitting room and study of Mr. Holmes and Mr. Watson. You can see the nostalgic study room from many dining room tables as well as from a view in the hall.

London, England

London architecture is such a great mix of old and new, but even so, for some reason, there always seems to be so much construction going on!

Big Ben, London, England

Can you spot Big Ben way in the back? Big Ben is located at the Palace of Westminster and is over 150 years old.

Bridge Painting in London, England

A man paints passerby’s out for a Sunday walk on the Hungerford Bridge.

River Thames and the London Eye, London, England

The London Eye rests alongside the River Thames, and I still have yet to ride it. Maybe it will be in the cards on our next visit.

Underground, London, England

“Please mind the gap between the train and the platform”–a London Underground saying that has become quite famous can be heard at many stops today. It’s always comforting to hear that familiar greeting when pulling up to your stop.

Mayfair District, London, England

We stayed in the Mayfair neighborhood and loved the charming atmosphere and convenient location. We enjoyed getting lost (at midnight nonetheless) while wandering amongst the beautiful buildings.

The Shard Lit up at Night, London, England

The tallest building in London, the Shard, lit up at night.

Tower Bridge, London, England

The famous Tower Bridge shining in all its glory. The Tower Bridge is often mistakenly called the London Bridge, but the London Bridge is a simple bridge that we are standing on for this view.

London Bridge Underground Sign, London, England

The London Bridge Underground sign. I love the convenience of public transportation in many European cities!

Phonebooth, London, England

We couldn’t resist stopping to take a photo of the iconic red phone booths in London.

Road Sign Art, London, England

Road signs made into street art. I love how anywhere you go, you will find artistic additions on all types of displays.

Have you been to London? What are your thoughts on the city?


  • Greg
    Posted at 10:18h, 19 November Reply

    Great photos! I live here, but I never get tired of seeing photos of London. I’m sure you’ll like it more if you make it back – it’s a big place and even after 2 years I still find new things to see!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:09h, 22 November Reply

      I can see how it would be a place where you can always find something new–I do love cities like that! Hopefully I can head back soon to give it a fair shot! 🙂 I did enjoy it much more this time than last, so that’s moving in the right direction!

  • Angela
    Posted at 12:30h, 19 November Reply

    I have not really given London much thought for a city to visit. I think mainly because of the cost of getting there plus the high prices. I might have to save it for a flight stopover like you or until I am older and city touring. I am sure other parts of the country are wonderful and rustic, but I am not sold on making a trip to the UK in the near future. . .
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:11h, 22 November Reply

      I can definitely understand that! I wasn’t planning on returning for a long time, but was glad to explore a bit more. Having the layover was nice–that could be a good way for you to do it too! I would love to see more of the UK though in general, but there are just so many places it’s hard to narrow it down!

  • Lance
    Posted at 16:47h, 19 November Reply

    Very beautiful photos. I love London, but it helps that my wife has family there and so we visit more as residents than tourists. But as much as I love London I love the smaller cities and villages throughout the country much more. Spending a week in the English countryside is a special treat. Oh, and Paris is an awesome city, so I think you can be excused for not liking London as much after visiting Paris.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:13h, 22 November Reply

      Having family somewhere always seems to make me like a place more as well–it’s always nice to get a locals insight on what to see and do. I would love to explore the English countryside more–I’ll have to hit you up for ideas when we get a chance to do it!

  • Ron
    Posted at 18:35h, 25 November Reply

    Buckingham Palace is very beautiful! I can’t to wait to make it to that side of the world and explore some. I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes nerd! lol
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:53h, 29 November Reply

      Thanks! Yeah we thought it was pretty 🙂 Wish we could have actually had time to go inside the Sherlock Holmes place–it did look like fun!

  • Adelina
    Posted at 12:11h, 26 November Reply

    Such lovely images! I visited London, but would love to go back and live there!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:54h, 29 November Reply

      Thank you! It would be an interesting place to love! So much to see 🙂

  • Renuka
    Posted at 12:25h, 28 November Reply

    London is my dream city…. Great pictures! I especially loved the Sherlock Holmes one. 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:54h, 29 November Reply

      Thanks so much! Appreciate it 🙂

  • Tracy
    Posted at 22:28h, 28 November Reply

    Great photos! Love the one of Tower Bridge lit up at night. We enjoyed our first visit to London but enjoyed it way more the second time. There are so many great sights to see but we found the second time we were able to just enjoy the city rather than run around crazily trying to see everything. We ate in the pubs, saw a few theatre shows and LOVED it!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:57h, 29 November Reply

      Thanks! Yeah, I agree, it always seems like you get to see more of the normal life on a second visit 🙂 Loved visiting the pubs and theater too. Glad you had such a great time!

  • Mel
    Posted at 03:34h, 28 January Reply

    Beautiful photos of the city Jenna. I did a similar review on London –
    London was never high on my travel wish list, but I have a fond appreciation and quite enjoy the city (maybe not the weather all the time!) when I’m there!

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    Posted at 08:18h, 04 June Reply

    You have taken such incredibly beautiful photos of my hometown here in this post! I really hope you’ll grow to love London, though I’m well aware it has its flaws! 🙂
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  • Maaike
    Posted at 11:45h, 14 March Reply

    Great pictures of my favorite city! (So, I might be a bit biased, but mean it nonetheless!)
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  • Leo Tat
    Posted at 16:42h, 10 July Reply

    You took nice photos of London. I used to work and live in London. Moved away two years ago to escape the bubble. We used to visit the natural history museum every year; the children loved it.
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