Where’s the London Love? Part 2: Views

So it’s another of those posts where I try to become at peace with London… or something like that. I’ve become tired with the city I’ve been born and bred in, and now I’m tired of being tired of it. Something has got to change, including my repetitious riddles.

Travel and destinations aren’t always about “I love this” and “I love that” and “Look at this amazing place I’m in”. Sometimes it has a darker side, and sometimes we feel stuck. I’m part of the latter, so before I move on from London (whenever that may be), I want to leave knowing we’ve kissed and made up. We’ve been through a lot, London and I.

So, I’m reminiscing the things I love about London. In my last post, I wrote about (well, mainly posted pictures) spending time in gardens and parks. BBQs, Pimm’s, company, sometimes a cat or two… they make up some of my favourite memories.

This time, it’s views. If there’s one time I melt back into the charm of London, it’s when I’m given a damn good view of it. I can sometimes get a bit jaded and think “Meh, I’ve seen it before”, but there are those moments when the scenery brings up a sense of pride in me. And here are some examples…

This is from the terrace of the House of Commons. I was so excited to get to go to an event here

Proof that London can be nice in the rain. Of course, I'm not actually in the rain for this photo (view from London Eye)

Proof that London can be nice in the rain. Of course, I’m not actually in the rain for this photo (view from London Eye)

This is Seven Dials, in the Covent Garden area. I pass here every day for work and it has a lovely atmosphere

This is Seven Dials, in the Covent Garden area. I pass here every day for work and it has a lovely atmosphere

One of my favourite photos. This was while having afternoon tea with my mum at Vertigo 42 - basically by the Gherkin

One of my favourite photos. This was while having afternoon tea with my mum at Vertigo 42 – basically by the Gherkin

This is from the balcony in the Royal Festival Hall. Always a really obvious place to go, but not many people know about it!

This is from the balcony in the Royal Festival Hall. Always a really obvious place to go, but not many people know about it!

National Portrait Gallery. A building I'm always impressed by

National Portrait Gallery. A building I’m always impressed by

View from my office - on Shaftesbury Avenue

View from my office – on Shaftesbury Avenue

Further afield, this view is from Peckham in the south east

Further afield, this view is from Peckham in the south east

Getting a good view via speed boat. As you do

Getting a good view via speed boat. As you do

Southbank is probably my favourite touristy place in London

Southbank is probably my favourite touristy place in London

There are many, many other views of London, from all sorts of angles and directions. There are quirkier ones than this, which I hope I can share with you in due course. These are just a few that no matter how often I walk them, they do take my breath away.

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