London and Brighton (In photos)

Hi Guys,

I’ve been wanting to write a post on London for some time now and thanks to Free People I finally got the chance. I’m taking part in their UK Blogger Competition which has gotten some amazingly stunning entries so far and a UK travel wishlist for me! This is my entry. I hope you enjoy.



London



This is a photo story (with a few words) of some hidden treasures in London.



South Bank



<3 these Vegetable wheelbarrows and Herb Garden



London Herb Garden Waterloo



One of my absolute favourite places in London is the South Bank Book Market. You can find it conveniently hidden under Waterloo Bridge, it’s a regular haunt of book enthusiasts (one being me) and tourists alike. It’s also en route to work so I find myself hanging out there more than usual. It has that distinct London charm that book stores don’t, in a Mary Poppins kind of way.



South Bank Book Market





Books! Books! Books!



 I love the fact that London still has a lot of Greenery, more than you might think. This gorgeous walk is seconds away from the book stalls and leads all the way to the Millennium Bridge, which in the summer, well also the winter is a really nice walk.



London



The South Bank is filled with Street food vendors, Ice cream trucks, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and The IMAX, now that’s a rich mix but you wouldn’t expect anything less from London!



South Bank



Oh and if you like some adventure you always have the skate park, no hooligans here, it’s just young teens enjoying what they love. I love that London gives them the space to do that.



Skate Ramps





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Wall art





Waterloo





Covent Garden



Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden is the ultimate hippy hangout. The secret garden is smaller than it looks but it’s personality is big. Personally I think it’s the Crown Jewel of London. The colours are the beauty of this little area, like the colours of Sorrento, Neal’s Yard draws you in. Inside it’s filled with Organic beauty remedies, Juice shops, Parisian style Cafes boasting Gluten free and Vegan cakes and a small seating area in the middle which I recommend to sit and read in.



Neal's Yard



 



Neal's Yard



The people are as vibrant as the area!



London





Covent Garden





Art



 



Yard





Neal's Yard



One more place I would recommend is Brighton. OK so it’s not actually in London but I feel it’s still local as I can get there so quick, a mere 40 minutes by train from Clapham Junction. Brighton is an eclectic place, as eclectic as the people who reside there. I’m quite lucky I’ve got to go several times this year.  Certainly the heat wave this year has people running to the beach but I would recommend Brighton in the months of April and May, when it’s not too hot nor cold and the beach is mildly secluded, empty beaches are a pleasure. And I’m guessing Brighton in the snow would be spectacular!



Brighton





Chips in Brighton



When in Brighton eat Chips and Beans, I would say Fish and Chips but I’m a veggie!



Gluten free cakes



So I’ll leave you with this photo of Brighton beach and what I think of it :)



seaside



  • http://www.veganmiam.com/ vegan miam

    Wow Preeti, I love your travel photos, including the South Bank Book Market! I love browsing through little local markets. Have you ever tried vegan “fish & chips” dishes in Brighton and London or the UK? I wanted to try a British vegan version and I love anything fried (pardon my guilty ramblings…) I’ll be heading to Spain very soon next week, it’s been awhile since I was in Europe…probably like 2 years! Look forward to your comment!