Shoreditch, and Brick Lane especially, is an eclectic mix--ethnically diverse and not yet completely gentrified.
On weekends, Brick Lane swells with people and the energy level skyrockets.
A December weekend in Brick Lane
On Brick Lane one Saturday we discovered a fellow Canadian--this guy from Toronto has been selling Poutine in London for ten years. Serving it with hot sauce is genius.
Bishopsgate at night
Living in central London I see huge office buildings every day. The new ones are sleek and modern; the old ones have more soul, and the flower boxes seem to mean that someone cares.
The tide of people going to work in the morning. Buses and cycles only in this area, so the street looks emptier than you'd expect.
The view from inside the station.
Everywhere you look, there seems to be an arch or a narrow passage, leading to....?
Spring in St. James park
Spring in St. James park. It was deserted on a rainy, cold day. Just a few months later the daffodil leaves were completely gone and the grass covered with people at lunch hour.
Busy. People on their phones, construction, traffic... this is London. In the middle of it all, the dragon marks the entrance to the actual City of London, at the spot where a gate in the wall once stood.
It's true that London is so often gray. But when the sun shines it casts a glow that can take your breath away.
Life on the canals--walkers, joggers, cyclists, and narrowboats. The towpath was once used by the horses that pulled the boats.
The size of the narrowboats is determined by the tunnels and locks on the canals. They vary from luxurious indulgences to rundown alternatives to London's high rents.
The after-work scene on any nice day, outside every single pub.
Shortly after we arrived for our year in London, the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben were covered by scaffolding. I managed to get a look at the iconic view before the scaffolding went too high.
On the South Bank
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