After a wonderful weekend in the English countryside, it was finally time to head into London! Since I was going to be in London for 7 nights, I wanted to stay in a flat rather than a hotel. I rented a wonderful flat in Notting Hill from Airbnb. If you haven’t heard of or used that website, I highly recommend it. Staying in a flat was not only cheaper and much more comfortable, but it also made me feel like a local rather than a tourist.
I got into London late Monday night and spent most of the next day in meetings around the City of London. After my meetings finished, I decided to take a leisurely stroll along the north bank of the Thames, as it was a beautiful night outside. I started my walk near the Shard.
The color of the bridge changed from blue, to pink, to green, then back to blue.
I loved the light projected onto the buildings. It gave them such an imposing and creepy feel.
I continued up the north bank until I finally caught glimpse of the London Eye…
…and the Houses of Parliament.
I turned the corner at the Westminster tube station and continued up to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. It was quite the ambitious walk, I must say.
These landmarks are absolutely striking during the day, but there is something really special about seeing them lit up in all their glory at night.
Absolutely exhausted, and extremely impressed with my walking abilities, there was only one thing I could think of to do to end the night: stop in the nearest Italian restaurant and order a big glass of wine and a massive bowl of pasta.