Having grown up in London, I have been prone to taking for granted just how fabulous a city it is. Now that I live abroad, I can safely say that this is no longer the case. Whenever I return, I have a spring in my step and find myself feeling very nostalgic for even the most bizarre things - having to elbow your way onto a tube or train, blindly travelling an hour by public transport to see a friend who lives just 8 miles away, getting frustrated with dawdling tourists, paying £8 for a small glass of below average Pinot Grigio. Pret A Mangers on every street.
On my most recent trip, London was blessed with warm sunshine for any time of year and it really looked its best when I put my best foot forward on a South West Train and commuted into Waterloo to then go on to High Tea at the Charlotte Street Hotel. Before reaching my final destination, I took the time to photograph the area surrounding Waterloo - its tourist trap, South Bank. Whilst the large swathes of crowds in this area can be grating (when I visited the situation was compounded by it being half term), there is no denying that London Eye, the National Theatre and the selection of high street chain restaurants, make the South Bank exceedingly vibrant. Plus, when you walk just a little further towards London Bridge via the Oxo Tower, you see the most sublime views of the Thames, the city and the House of Parliament. Indeed, when I am asked any questions about London by would be visitors, my top tip is always to walk over Waterloo Bridge from the station into the heart of Theatre land. The bridge affords commuters everyday with spectacular sights and almost voyeuristic vistas.