People walking with a clear destination in mind, in a rapid pace but not quite a rush. This was my first impression of London, a city with a population of over 8 million. It was nice to be able to join the stream of people and feel the beat of the city for a few days which is quite different from my everyday life. After all, I am a city girl in my heart even if I now live in the country. Since this trip was for business, our days were quite full and we did not have the opportunity to tour the usual attractions. Those will have to wait for another trip. But even so, it was interesting to see a little glimpse of English life and their way of politeness.
I was surprised to observe that in central London I did not encounter any grocery stores. I found out later that many order their groceries online and have them delivered to their home. Many bakery-style coffee shops served as little kiosks as well offering fresh fruits and breads as well as soups and salads for those who needed a quick bite.
Many coffee shops had walls that would be rolled up even during the cold season and often outside a shop there might be a table of breads or sweets for sale.
Many places had communal tables. It was like bringing the kitchen table into a public space for everyone to share.
We were lucky enough to stop in the Paul A. Young shop in Soho and taste the 100% Aztec hot chocolate with no sugar. It was incredibly sweet and tasted wonderful.
This was my souvenir and I was thinking to adopt it as my motto for those hectic days: “Keep calm and carry on.”
Thank you for taking me with on your trip! 😉
Stunning post in pictures and your style of writing. I adore the little shop and communal tables. I love your souvenir! Keep calm and carry on; love it!
I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?
Thank you so much! I would be flattered if you reblog the link 🙂
Really, this photos are gorgeous! Makes me want to come back to London right now!
Thank you, it was nice to experience the atmosphere and yes, I would like to go back someday too!
Thanks for the lovely tour of London.
Your welcome, thanks for stopping by!
Enough to whet the appetite…for another trip one day? Hopefully a productive time also. Fun to see the pix. Great souvenier, I think I need to adopt that motto right now! Thanks…
Definitely, I would love to return someday and explore a little more with little more time. ❤
You managed to take some really beautiful photos on you work trip! Glad you were able to take in a few sites — and bring us along too! I alwayss bring back food as souvenirs too. I would love to try that Aztec hot chocolate.
Thank you! Exploring a new place through food is always interesting! The hot chocolate was delicious and stayed hot for a long time warming me up in the chilly outdoors.
Thank you for introducing London. It could be my next holiday destination.
There is so much to see, that we made just a scratch on the surface. Definitely can recommend it as a place to experience.
London is such a little romantic city full of little unexpected simple pleasures like the quaint little tea and bread shops. Thanks for sharing your experience.
amazing photos! I was in London 2 weeks ago, i had a really great time n i love this city, the architecture, shops, but it’s quite expensive though..