A Walk through London

Before Christmas last year, on a weekend we woke up in our flat in Earl’s Court and decided that we wanted to try curry for dinner.  We had heard from many people who said that if you wanted great curry go to Brick Lane.  The weather was a little cold and the sky was grey, but we decided to make a day of it and to walk from our flat to Brick Lane.  We looked at the map and we knew we would be in for a long haul.  Also, we knew we would see some cool stuff along the way.  Here are some of the highlights:

Kensington Park

Green Park

Buckingham Palace

Not the friendliest chap

We saw Big Ben through the trees

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

The Savoy

It started to rain

Along Fleet Street

We walked by Tent City, located by St. Paul’s

Then we popped in for a drink to wait out the rain

We made it to Brick Lane as it started to get dark

Brick lane is also known for its graffiti

After we had a wonderful dinner it was dark

So we took the Tube home

I’m not sure how far we walked and it is better if I don’t know.  That way, if I feel like doing it again, I won’t be thinking, “ugh…it is this many miles away.”  Ignorance is bliss.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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56 Responses to A Walk through London

  1. Caroline says:

    How nice. That almost felt like taking the trip.
    I’ve never been on Brick Lane. Mmm curry…
    Next time. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      If you are in town and if you like curry I recommend Brick Lane. We’ve been twice now and loved the place and the food is great. Sunday is a good time to go since they have markets there and the mood is festive.

  2. Nandini says:

    I would so love to take a walk here. London – it is a dream! Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

  3. Kristina says:

    Good choice! I love Brick lane, there are some really good places to go for curry and the area is trendy 🙂 There some cool bars and clubs 🙂

  4. deslily says:

    a touch envious as I’d love to see England. thanks for the “tour” :o)

  5. Ahhh, you brought back so many wonderful memories of my visit to London in 2010. Even the weather was similar :). Thanks TBM. My youngest son is going to be there in May on a school trip, and I so wish I could go with them, but they wanted to give someone else the chance to chaperone this time :(. Oh well. Someday I will be back!

    • TBM says:

      Your son will love it! Too bad you couldn’t go but maybe the next opportunity will be even better! London is a great place and I’m loving my memories of it so far. I hope you see it again soon!

  6. London is definitely on my must-see list for 2012/2013. Love the graffiti picture and the 2 last ones the most – the lights really came through nicely, I find it hard to make shots like that at night. Love the guard too, they always make me laugh 😀

    • TBM says:

      I don’t know why, but I found the guard intimidating. They must hate people like me taking photos of them. There they are doing their job and I’m snapping a photo. But it is so hard not to. I hope you can visit. 2012 is a big year for London: the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee. Lots going on!

  7. Beth Ann says:

    Wow—I would LOVE to see all of those places!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. thank you for your rainy LONDON gallery!

  9. The Hook says:

    Great place for a stroll…
    As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, I’d LOVE to get to foggy old England! You’re one lucky dog!

  10. That was SOME walk! If you ever venture south of the river, my old neighbourhood Tooting Broadway also has some fantastic curry restaurants…lots of southern Indian ones so the food is a little different. Oh how I miss curry 😦

    • TBM says:

      It was a walk and a very enjoyable one! Tooting Broadway…I like that name. I’ll have to check out some of the restaurants there since I am quickly becoming a curry fan. Never really tried it until I moved here. So many years I’ve missed out. Now I have to make up for lost time…thanks for the suggestion!

  11. So nice to see London again!

    The best Indian food I ever had was in London. Wish I’d taken note of the name so I could return.

  12. pagesofjulia says:

    I ❤ your photo format today! (Always love your travel photos, too.)

  13. Novroz says:

    Ow wow!! beautiful city. I envy you!!
    I”d love to visit England one day. Great photos

  14. Carl V. says:

    I know it sounds like a lame excuse, but I would be in such great shape if I had those things to look at on my walks! Gorgeous. As much as I love nature, and I do, I just love walking in the city. People watching as well as spying new, previously missed parts of the architecture of buildings, etc. I need to do a better job this spring of planning walking trips into the parts of downtown KC that I enjoy.

    And as I sit here taking a quick break at work and see that picture of beer my tastebuds are exploding! I sooo would love to take a long cold drink right now. Yum!!!

    I could live with wearing that large hat if I was getting paid to do so, but could not stand the chin strap resting on my chin instead of under it. I’ve always found that to be a stupid and uncomfortable looking thing. There must be some good reason for it but it seems foolishly uncomfortable to me.

    • TBM says:

      That is funny that you mention that you would be in better shape if you lived in a place like London. I hopped on the scale today and I weigh 5 pounds less. Maybe you are right about London being a great exercise plan. I love walking in this city. And I am more inspired to go for my runs when I can run through Brompton Cemetery, Kensington Park, Holland Park…the list goes on.

      I have found some great beers here. It is a good thing I walk to most of the pubs! I could take the Tube to some of the places and I do sometimes, but I really love seeing things. I would hate to miss out. However, I usually take the Tube home after sampling beers far from home. So much easier!

      I wonder if there is a reason or what tradition is behind the hat. I don’t understand why it has to be so fuzzy. That would drive me crazy, seeing fuzzy things out of the corner of my eyes.

      • Carl V. says:

        I mean I like my neighborhood well enough and I do vary routes when I can just for something different but I would prefer that something different to be areas in the city. I’ll just have to make due though. My dog appreciates any walk whatsoever so at least one of us is getting new sites, or at least smells, on every walk. 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I would love to see some photos from your area. I haven’t spent too much time there, unless you count driving through it and I don’t really count that. I love exploring just about any neighborhood (well as long as it is safe). My dog loves the smells in London, but something tells me that he isn’t too picky considering some of the stuff he takes a whiff of. Having dogs does force you to get out and see your neighborhood.

  15. niasunset says:

    There are so beautiful contrast in all these photographs, I loved them all. And reminded me my days in there, where we walked… Thank you dear TBM, London is amazing city and there are a lot of things to see, to visit… It was a wonderful post. Have a nice day, with my love, nia

  16. wolke205 says:

    Great impressions of London! The Park looks so nice! I would like to spend some days there 🙂 Cheers! 🙂

  17. Fergiemoto says:

    Cool adventure! How was the curry?

  18. Lovely photos and post you got. Its brings me back the memories of walking round London Town same as yours. Wish I could visit England again. xxxxx

  19. Gilly Gee says:

    That’s quite a way but well worth it, walking is the best way to see London you have the energy! I think quite a few of us are glad you did 🙂

  20. Jo Bryant says:

    some fabulous photos – love the one of Big ben, the Savoy photo reminded me of the film Notting Hill (have you been there yet?), just a great series

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Jo. I haven’t been to Notting Hill, but funny that you mentioned the movie. It was on TV the other night and I watched a little bit of it. I hadn’t seen it for years. I’m hoping to visit the area soon.

  21. BookRain says:

    That’s so neat! Thanks for the walk. I wish to go visit again.

  22. Love this! So many years ago when I went to Europe after college, my first night was in London. I stayed in Earl’s Court because of it’s location, and these photos just take me back. What a wonderful post and great images too. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I am noticing that there are lots of hotels in Earl’s Court. We lucked out with the location since we didn’t know much about the city when we moved here. Not many rental places allowed animals so our choices were limited and this time that worked out great. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos Katie. Have a wonderful day.

  23. Robin says:

    Look like a great (but long!) walk. 🙂

  24. IsobelandCat says:

    How did I miss this one? I am so pleased you took a photo of the Charles Wheeler sculptures in Trafalgar Square. They are so often overlooked, and I think they are gorgeous.

    • TBM says:

      I agree with you Isobel. I don’t know much about them, but I was impressed with them. There is a lot going on at this particular spot I can see why some would miss them. Also, it is always packed with people so they might be hard to notice.

  25. ahhh…
    London has always been on my list…
    From across the Indigo Sea I will arrive…to see…
    the Isles and my new friends, Silvia and Jean Phi.

    beautiful pictures…Peace to you,

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