Spreading some sweet London loving…

SCN_0024Last week, my sister and I visited England’s beautiful capital once more. I always love going to London. In fact, my very first exhibition solely featured analogue London photos. Though people are a tiny bit less friendly than they are in the British countryside, I’m still always baffled by people’s courtesy and politeness. Simply charming!

Now, the weather was not the best, but we were spared by rain. So that was nice. I took two rolls of expired Fujicolor Superia ISO 100/36 CN 135 film with me which, as you might be able to see, has made the film less sensitive to light. Not the best effect when you have an ISO 100 film and no sunshine, but I’m still satisfied with most of the results.

On our first day, we decided to remain walking most of the time and enjoyed numerous strolls through the city centre, along the Thames and around the London Eye. We stayed in the Wombats Hostel London, and I can honestly say that this was one of the best hostels I have ever been to. Absolutely astonishing interior design, great prices, super clean, well equipped and spacious kitchen and even a stock of ingredients you can use for free (such as spaghetti, cornflakes, pepper, salt…), friendly staff, beautiful rooms, centrally located at Aldgate East. I have not one thing to criticize about this hostel.

On our second day, we decided to visit Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market, the Sherlock Holmes Museum at Baker Street 121b, checked out Speedy’s (for those Sherlock lovers among you: yes, THE Speedy’s), went to King’s Cross and realized that the whole Harry Potter platform 9 3/4 thing has now been commercialized. In the past, you could simply walk over to the vanishing cart and ask your friends to take a photo. Now you have to purchase a ticket. Maybe that’s something one might have expected, but we were still a bit disappointed.
Of course, we didn’t want to miss out on Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Cleopatra’s Needle and Trafalgar Square. Honestly, we’ve both been to London before, but there are some things I’m always eager to do. Again. And again. We finished our day off at Borough Market. An absolutely amazing market in a former train station, now filled with delicious locally produced food options. If you cannot decide on what you want, simply try a bit of everything. If I had to name a favorite place in London, from now on it will definitely be Borough Market.

On our third day, we checked out Covent Garden (try the chocolate dipped Strawberries there), Leadenhall Market (J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley), went along the Thames once more to take a photo at the Millenium Bridge, went to the British Museum (no entrance fee. Ever.) and finished our day at Battersea Power Station. Unfortunately, the whole area is getting some retouches, which is why the power station’s famous smokestacks have been removed for now.

On our fourth and last day, we went to Waford Junction. Which is a tiny city 20 minutes by train from London. Not exciting enough? In Watford Junction, you can find the original Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Studios. Basically, you visit Hogwarts. The studio tour itself was absolutely amazing. Quite expensive, but if you really enjoy the movies and the books, it is worth the money. I think. However, I suggest you bring your own lunch. Prices in the WB’s cafeteria are ridiculously high. Though they sell Butterbeer (which basically tastes like caramel lemonade with caramel-vanilla topping), the prices curbed our appetites. 16Pounds for two Hot Dogs…

In total, we spent 4 days in London. If you cater for yourself and stay in a hostel (and of course, avoid the pricey shopping), London definitely won’t make you poor. Yes, as a capital, it is an expensive place to visit, but in comparison to the Scandinavian countries, self-catering is still a great option.

I really hope you enjoy the photos!

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