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London- the hottest day yet!


I had planned a visit to stay with my sister for a few days in London on Monday July 18th. It would be a nice break and I always love visiting London, I am always mesmerised by the diversity and the tiny little details that always catch my eye! My sister had been back up this way for a couple of weeks so we decided to travel down together that evening. It was a warm evening to travel but we made good progress.

On the Tuesday morning we set out towards Tower Bridge (camera ready!), it was already warm,  the weather forecast was set to be very hot! In fact we picked to sight see on the hottest day yet this year!

Photographing Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and is close to the Tower of London (where you can see the Crown Jewels) and has become an iconic symbol of London. The bascule and suspension bridge was built in 1886–1894. As we were walking up to the bridge it stood proud against the bright blue skies and was perfect for photographs. The blue sky complimented the blue painted architectural details of the bridge. The bridge was painted red, white and blue in 1977 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee. Whilst walking up to the bridge I couldn’t help but take lots of snaps of the surrounding street architecture and skylines. On the bridge itself, I captured a variety of compositions and loved how the sunlight shone through the window details and cast some great shadows to add some depth and contrast. It has so many lovely details.

Photographing the truck

After visiting the bridge we stopped for a much needed cold drink to quench our thirst. Whilst we were sat along the Thames I noticed the old Citroen Type H (I think!), a Bangers Bros food truck and took a few more pictures. I loved the metal grill details and corrugated body work and also though it was super cute!

Photographing Portobello Road

It was fast approaching lunch time so we took the tube to Portobello Road, we knew a good place for lunch that had good grub. We had a bite to eat then walked down to the market. If you haven’t visited Portobello Road before, it really is lovely and is worth a visit. Its situated in Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. Its a lovely walk down to the market as you pass lots of pastel coloured houses and little shops. The market itself is one of the largest antiques markets in the world with over 1,000 dealers that sell anything you can think of antique wise, clothes, bric- brac, teapots, silver, the list is endless! Visitors flock to visit it from all over the world, it really is that popular. It has the most beautiful shop signs that are in keeping with the antique style, stunning typography and window displays full of collectables!

In the afternoon we were too hot to be walking so we made our way back towards Tower Bridge. We lay down on a grass area just off the Thames for most of that afternoon people watching…

For the edits I added a bit of ‘colour pop’ to them as I felt like everywhere I went that day there was so much colour. I spotted it everywhere!

I hope you enjoy the photographs I took!

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Katy Halford Photography,
Pera Business Park,
Nottingham Road,
Melton Mowbray,
LE13 0PB

Tel: 01664 400 080