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South Bank, London- Revisited

Sam and I finally decided that we have had enough of London. It’s time to get out now while the goings good… April Fools! (Worst practical joke ever, right?)
 
After our trip to Borough Market last week we also had a wander along the South Bank, heading away from the National and other major tourist destinations past Blackfriars. The tide was low so we were even able to briefly hunt for treasure on some spots of the shore of the Thames. (Thames beach?).
 
I was also able to cross something off my ABCs of Spring Bucket list. I had my first 99 Flake. (Or the 99 p Flake as I stupidly, incessantly was calling it.) English soft serve ice cream with a Cadbury Flake stuck into it. I can’t believe I’ve spent so many years in England so indulging in it!
 
And no walk through the Southwark area would be complete for my without a good rant about my least favourite building in London, the Shard. To be honest, I definitely want to go to the 31st floor bar to sip cocktails and look at the rest of London from that vantage point, but I really dislike the way the Shard looms into the skyline like some creepy funnel of evil a la The Ghostbusters.
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Hat: Primark. Skirt: Louche (similar). Top: Camden Market find (similar). Jacket: TopShop. Flats: Coach. Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage. Scarf: similar.

 

 

 

people picnicing at southwark
Borough Market goers picnicking outside Southwark Cathedral.
The 99 Flake in all it’s glory.
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Southwark Cathedral.
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The Shard.
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Pointing out the building THAT MELTS CARS! (I’m serious)
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Playing on the shore with the city looming.
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Tower Bridge.
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Thames treasure! I pulled that out of the water which is disgusting in retrospect but fun at the time?
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Sunset along the Thames.
 
And just in case you wanted some River Thames trivia, I can provide that for you.
 
1. The boat chase in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ was filmed on the Thames.
2. 2/3rds of London’s drinking water comes from the Thames.
3. Monet painted the Thames 3 times.
4. Planes used the Thames to navigate at night during the Blitz.
5. The Thames is the aquatic inspiration for “The Wind in the Willows”

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  • Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to visit London even more!

    • Thank you so much! When I visited for the first time I fell head over heels in love with it! x

  • I would love to go treasure hunting but would also be so paranoid about the tide coming in!

    • Luckily I had Sam with me, who keeps his wits about him. And by that I mean, he was keeping an eye out whilst I played. x

  • Love the outfit!

  • simply fab kind of day! cute outfit + lovely photos!!

    • Thank you for all those compliments! It was the perfect kind of day in my opinion: a sweet snack, a bit of sun, and some silliness! x

  • Your outfits are just so adorable!

  • Cute outfit, especially the hat! Love the last photo, with the sunset behind the London skyline.

    • Thank you so much! There can be some absolutely stunning sunsets in London! Some of the best (in my opinion) are seen from Putney Bridge. xx

  • Is that my favorite hat again? Adorable. I love this stroll on the Thames, especially on a beautiful day like you had! Lovely!

    • Hahah it is- it was very reasonably priced (ie cheap) and I am afraid it might now live to see another year so I’m trying to get the most out of it while I can. London is lovely year round but it’s so magnificent in the spring! x

  • South Bank is one of my favorite places to go for a walk in London. πŸ™‚ Your blog always makes me miss it.

    • It’s one of my favourite walks as well. Especially when you hit a stretch that is gloriously free of throngs of people. You really feel like you’ve won a prize when that happens! x

  • I am a country girl at heart but if I do visit London I do enjoy the South Bank. It must be a while since I’ve been though as The Shard wasn’t built when I last visited!

    • I love London, but my dream would be to live in the countryside within quick commuting distance to London. Which will remain a pipe-dream for probably the next 20 years. x

  • You’ve enlightened me, especially about where the drinking water comes from and, um, that there’s a building that MELTS CARS! I’ve got to read more about that!

    • HA! The building is curved and I guess the way the light reflected melted the wing mirrors, etc of some guy’s Jaguar. The clip is still up on the BBC and I really like showing it to people. πŸ˜‰ x

  • That looks like a fun afternoon πŸ™‚ Also I love your hat.

  • That link to the Walkie Talkie car melting story is crazy! Hahaha but I love it nonetheless.

  • Oh the good ol’ 99 (best with Mr Whippee/Whippy? icecream and raspberry sauce!)
    I love the South Bank. We like to stop at Las Iguanas for caipirinhas when we’re in town xx

    • I definitely wanted sauce, but then I was *very mildly* outraged that they didn’t actually cost 99 p. As Sam had led me to believe so I skimped on sauce and sprinkles. But it was delicious. Way tastier than soft-serve in America! x

  • Yum to your 99 Flake!! We have them in Australia too and I used to love them as a kid! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had one but I think I’ll have to revisit it after seeing your pictures! Oh and I still really want to see London!! Looks so lovely πŸ™‚

    • I loved it! maybe it’s because we don’t have them but I thought it was delicious and much tastier than soft-serve in America. 8 year old me is super jealous! x

      • They are so yum! Don’t worry, there are heaps of tasty treats I’ve discovered in the US that we don’t have in Aus, so my 8 year old self is equally as jealous! X

        • What’s your favourite so far? x

          • I think all the chocolate and peanut butter combo treats are so yummy! We don’t have that at home! Plus I’m also loving bagels with cream cheese – another thing Aus is missing! X

          • Ohhh bagels with cream cheese are the best! And you just can’t beat peanut butter and chocolate! x

  • What an amazing day! It looks like you had a blast! By the way, I love your outfit πŸ™‚

  • I love London and would love to go back visit. Nice pictures!

  • I read about that building that melts cars on another blog. Gorgeous pics!

    • Isn’t that insane?! i’m no scientist or architect…but….this seems like this should have been thought about? x

  • Haha, I like how you describe the Shard. I think the Gherkin is a funny sight in the skyline. Hehe. That 99 flake looks awesome!

    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

    • Ha, the Gherkin is weird too, but at least it makes me laugh. I’ve been doing spring/summer in England all wrong by not eating 99’s! x

  • gorgeous photos! the shard was built after I lived there, so it’s so weird seeing it. I used to work right near the gherkin haha. and yum to the 99 flake!

    • Even though the Gherkin is weird, I really don’t mind it as much. I think it’s just because the Shard is so excessively large! x

  • Wooooo! I love the South Bank – used to walk around there regularly when I lived in London. Miss it so much!

    • I love it as well. And if you asked Sam what his favourite walking routes in London would be, this would wins hands down for him! x

  • Oh god, I am so gullible I read your first sentence and was like ‘WHAT, how can anyone be sick of London!?’ Also, I have never thought of the Shard like that before, but now you’ve said, I can definitely see it. It is a bit evil looking

    • Haha, what’s that quote by Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” Hope I haven’t ruined the Shard for you πŸ˜‰ x

  • We spent a few minutes on the beach of the Thames and we’re pretty sure we found an animal bone. Weird, gross and fascinating. Crazy what you can find! I didn’t know about the Walkie Talkie building melting cars. That’s crazy!

    • I found a bone as well! That I didn’t pick up… and assumed it was an animal bone, but I suppose you never know…x

  • I read that first sentence and thought, “She has gone insane and lost her soul. This has to be a prank. OH THANK GOD IT IS!!!”
    Beautiful pictures, as always! And it looks like such a lovely day! The Thames factoids are the end are fun, too. Love me some Indiana Jones tidbits ;]

    • Indiana Jones will always be my first love and no one can ever take that away from me. Even when I realised that being an archeologist would not be as fun as he made it out to be! x

  • Such cute pictures of you!

  • I love your outfit (especially the hat :D) and the pictures of the city skyline are breathtaking!

    • Thank you so much! It’s hard to take a bad picture of London from that vantage point, it’s too beautiful! x

  • Ummm, I’ve always loved your photos, but I can seriously see a difference with your new camera. LOVE this post. Also, I love that you have a Primark hat and Coach shoes. This is why we’re friends. x

    • What, what! Who would have guessed not using an iphone would help improve things around here! *Except everyone* I’m still fairly shit at using it, but slowly improving. I’ll bring it along and take some pictures of your gorgeous face on Friday and maybe a ghost if we are lucky. Old Coach flats and a new Primark hat- keepin’ it real with a mixture of classy and trashy. x

      • Haha all my socks are from Primark, no lie. That place just holds an odd fascination for me. Also they do sell semi-decent leggings for practice work. And I hope we see an actual ghost and not just me and my supreme whiteness glowing in the dark. We’re going to be proper ghost tourists what with your fancy camera and my over-excitement over just being on a ghost tour. x

        • All my black leggings are from there as well.

          Also whenever I think about this conversation the Ghostbusters theme tune plays in my head… I might sing some refrains at least once…. x

          • Oh that sing along is definitely going to happen! x

  • Oh man.. it looks absolutely gorgeous.. The weather looks like it’s been treating you well too! We’ve been getting very spring like weather here lately and I’m just loving it!

    The Shard isn’t sooooo bad.. but I get what you mean.. it’s so pointy and there!

    • Hahaha yea, it’s not the ugliest building in the world but it’s huge. I can see it from my flat and we are MILES away.

      Canada deserves the best spring ever after the winter it’s had! x

  • omg, the shard IS like something out the ghostbusters! All I’m going to think of now every time I look at it is allll the monsters escaping out of the jagged top. *shutter*

  • Such gorgeous photos. Love them all!

    • Thank you so much! London is beautiful so even the least talented of photographers (like me) can snap a good shot or two! x

  • Laura

    Really lovely photos, I love London!

    • Thank you so much! London is a great place to live! (Except for the price of course πŸ˜‰ ) x

  • Ha! I thought the 99 tasted totally different to American soft-serve (in a good way) so I loved it for that reason. I would definitely get another one…maybe with a chocolate sauce next time. But I’m a fan of any sort of frozen dessert, really. x

  • Oh man. This post is just FEEDING my wanderlust. I love London!!!! Cute outfit, btw! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you on both counts! Although I can’t take credit for most of it- London is a fabulous and photogenic place to be! x

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