Every time I visit London, I love it more... - une femme d'un certain âge

Every time I visit London, I love it more…

London street with brick row houses.

After two weeks of (mostly) foul weather, the sun finally came out for my last day in London. I did a lot of walking, and really enjoyed the fresh air and movement. I’m on my way home now, so thought I’d leave you with a few images from the bit of exploring I was able to do this time…

Crocuses blooming in Battersea Park, London.
Structures from former fun fair in Battersea Park, London.
Old English Garden in Battersea Park, London.

From Battersea Park: crocuses in bloom, structures from a former “fun fair” (amusement park), an Old English Garden in winter.

Boats moored at Cadogan Pier, Thames river, London.

Crossing the Albert Bridge, boats moored on Cadogan Pier.

Outside of Shipwrights Arms pub in London.
Sign and dog statue outside Albert pub in London.

A couple of pubs: the Shipwrights Arms near London Bridge, an entrance to the Albert Pub in Battersea.

Nighttime in the London Theater District.

Theater district at night. We saw the new production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” with James McAvoy, which was FABULOUS!

Pastry shop on Kings Road in Chelsea, London.

Pastry shop on Kings Road in Chelsea.

Miniature electric guitars in shop window, Portobello Road, London.

Miniature guitars in a shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

Sunny day in Sloane Square, London.

Lovely Sloane Square.

Moonrise over the Thames, London.

Moonrise over the Thames.

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21 Comments

  1. Cindylou
    February 26, 2022 / 3:11 am

    We saw the same production of Cyrano back in February 2020 right before Covid closed everything. You’re right, it is fabulous and I came away thinking James McAvoy is one of the finest actors of his generation. I love your pics and I love London. We may be going to Britain in the spring. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

  2. Mary
    February 26, 2022 / 4:55 am

    Used to go to the Battersea Park Fun Fair often as a child growing up in London. Will be flying over the Pond to London in a couple of weeks–walking around many of the same places in your photos. Always feels like coming home. Glad your trip had a sunny finale.

  3. Sue
    February 26, 2022 / 4:57 am

    What wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing.

  4. February 26, 2022 / 5:07 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful walking tour and mementos of your time in London! Travel safely!

  5. February 26, 2022 / 5:17 am

    Great pictures. What’s not to love. Looks like it is still cold!

  6. Debra
    February 26, 2022 / 6:47 am

    Yay! Thank you! Headed to London next month and staying in Chelsea – you’ve given me some great tips. I’m looking forward to exploring as you have (hopefully on foot if there’s decent weather). How happy I am to be able to travel again!

  7. Mary Ann
    February 26, 2022 / 8:30 am

    Had a flat on Sloane Gardens for 34 years, best of times in a great area. The tube stop can take you all over the London.
    The shopping great and great people watching. Don’t forget Peter Jones on the square.

  8. Lisa B
    February 26, 2022 / 8:41 am

    London is on my bucket list. Would love to travel somewhere this year other than Italy. I’ve taken Italian lessons , and while I have no trouble understanding thanks to growing up with Italian grandparent who only communicated in Italian. I always find myself a sentence behind or tongue tied when trying to speak to others. Also, my husband and daughters are fluent speakers so I tend to rely on them to fill in my blanks. It would be lovely to travel to an English speaking country for a change.

  9. Ann
    February 26, 2022 / 8:42 am

    Sitting in an English garden
    Waiting for the sun….

    Sound like your wait was rewarded!

  10. Julia
    February 26, 2022 / 9:18 am

    Great photos Susan! It’s sometimes difficult during a UK winter to get enough light for good photos.
    You did it!

  11. Lee Purcell
    February 26, 2022 / 9:33 am

    What a lovely trip! I lived in London in Chelsea on Sloane Square for several years, like one of your other readers above. It was nice to see your photos of my old neighborhood.

  12. citizen spot
    February 26, 2022 / 10:23 am

    Great photos! Those desserts look absolutely delicious. Though the sign says “eat in or take away” I can’t imagine finishing a whole one of any of them in one sitting while “eating in”. I think it would definitely be “take away” for me! The Shipwrights Arms looks light a delightful place to grab a bite and pint. Thanks for sharing these photos.

  13. Shirley Short
    February 26, 2022 / 11:10 am

    I am going to London in May. Can you give some good recommendations about places to shop besides the main shopping areas. For examples specialty boutiques or smaller stores that you just love.

  14. Joan
    February 26, 2022 / 12:29 pm

    I loved the outfits you wore in the last few posts…and your photos today are sublime. I’ve been to many big cities in
    Europe but only in the airport in London changing planes and no time to see the city. However, I was able to buy my favorite Jo Malone perfume while there for me and for my daughter. I see Jo Malone sponsors the beautiful park you showed us. Thank you and so glad you got a sunny day, however, here in central California, we would welcome some rainy days.

  15. paula
    February 27, 2022 / 5:23 am

    Do you have any restaurant recommendations? It has been a while since I was last in London. Planning a couple of nights there in the fall after a British Isle cruise.

  16. Noelle
    February 27, 2022 / 8:12 am

    Ah London! My favorite city in the world. I’m curious about something in light of your decision to go grey, which is related to your color consultant course. . Does it seem likely that one’s best, most flattering colors don’t change as one’s hair color greys or whitens? I’m hoping you will address this and show us some examples in a future post.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      February 27, 2022 / 8:38 am

      Hi Noelle, because the color analysis is based on skin tones, not hair color, the season should not change. While I was at Red Leopard, they re-analyzed me with only my gray hair visible and nothing changed. Still a “Golden Spring.” Someone who has been coloring their hair a darker color may have less contrast when they go gray, and may find that their “best” colors within their seasonal palette shift, or that they change how they combine colors within an outfit.

  17. February 27, 2022 / 12:13 pm

    A wonderful tour, Sue! Thank you! Even before Covid, it had been a couple of years since I was in London, and I expect it will be a few more yet with our focus more on European cities. But oh, you’re right — it’s such an exciting, vibrant place! I’m sure you’ll be drawing on this trip’s stimulation for so much creative energy and ideas in the months ahead.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      February 27, 2022 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Frances!

  18. March 5, 2022 / 9:40 am

    Oh I do so like big towns in European countries. They are so nice to visit. London is no exception. Last time I was there I met you and Lisa.
    Greetje

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