10 reasons to love London – in pictures

I’m hugely proud of this amazing city I live in. Yes, the weather’s a bit crap; Londoners might not always be the most approachable people; there’s a housing crisis; the traffic and pollution is terrible. I could go on…

But for all its faults, London ranks somewhere between the second and fourth most visited cities in the world, depending on which survey you read. And as a place to live, there’s nowhere like it. Where else in the world can you absorb such rich history, take in cutting edge culture, get lost in a crowd, or find yourself almost completely alone in one of its parks.

I’m not much of a photographer, something I intend to address with a basic photography course. But I do love taking photos while I’m out and about. Snapping away at interesting buildings and the grubbiness of the London Underground has become something of an obsession.

Here are my top 10 reasons to love London, in pictures. These are all my own photographs (apart from two which I have credited) and copyright applies.

1: Fascinating history

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Tower of London & The Shard

The Tower of London, with the Shard poking up behind it

10 reasons to love London, in pictures:

A view from the South Bank towards St Paul’s Cathedral

2: Architecture – old and new, often side by side

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: The River Thames and the City of London

The modern City of London skyline, including the ‘walkie talkie’ and the ‘gherkin’ buildings

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Old and new architecture

Juxtaposition of old and new architecture

3: Parks and green spaces

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: parks and green spaces

Leafy path at Alexandra Park, North London

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace, the home of television, and one of my favourite spots

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

Kenwood House at Hampstead Heath, built in the early 17th century

4: Hidden treasures

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Hidden treasures like St Katharine Docks

St Katharine Docks, as seen through an iron bridge

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Hidden treasures like Neal's Yard

Off the beaten track in Covent Garden is Neal’s Yard. If you didn’t know about it, you’d miss it completely.

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Devonshire Square

Devonshire Square with arches, cafes and entertainment – unseen by most Londoners, let alone tourists

5: Street art:

10 reasons London is the best city in the world: London street art

Banksy leaves his mark all over London

Photo credit: Photo credit: canonsnapper via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Street art at St Katharine Docks

Street art at St Katharine Docks

6: The River Thames and the South Bank

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: The River Thames

The skyline of the City of London as seen from Waterloo Bridge

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: The River Thames and the South Bank

Strolling along the South Bank

7: The London Underground in all its grimy glory

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: The London Underground

Please stand behind the yellow line, train now approaching

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: The London Underground

Mind the gap

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: The London Underground

Steps down to the station

8: People: so many cultures living together and a handful of eccentrics

10 reasons to love London: multiculture

The hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus

Photo credit: nickhutche via Visualhunt / CC BY

10 reasons to love London: eccentrics

9: Art and culture

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Art and culture

Edith Sitwell, by Maurice Lambert. Aluminium head at the National Portrait Gallery

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: Art and culture

The National Portrait Gallery

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: art and culture

Statue of John Betjeman by Martin Jennings at St Pancras International Station

10: The best food from around the world

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: food

Black cod at Hakkasan

10 reasons to love London, in pictures:

Thai food at Busaba, including my favourite dish of all: Thai Calamari

10 reasons to love London, in pictures: food

Tagliatelle al Ragù at Jamie’s Italian

There are so many other reasons to visit and live in London, but I don’t have photos for those! I’ll keep working on it though.

Let me know what you love about your favourite city in the comments below. Vx

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