London is pretty chilly all year round, not too hot, not too cold compared to other European cities. A winter visit, however, will show a freezing side of London you never thought about.
Photo Diary: Freezing London
Time flies… I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t use this all-too-common, banal phrase at least once in a couple of months. I’m not an exception. Even though I try to enjoy every moment of my life without feeling any regrets about the time missed, once in a blue moon the phrases like “Where did all this time go? Gosh, it flies so fast.” come out of my mouth. These two sentences appear in my lexicon more frequently at the end of the year. During this time I tend to meticulously evaluate what was accomplished. Photo diaries become especially useful in reminding me about all the places we visited and reliving some special moments from the past 12 months over and over again. With that being said, I still get that pinch-me-moment every time our little Freezing London photo diary looks back at me from the screen of my MacBook.
First Impression of London
We visited the British capital back in March. It was our first time in the city and country. Although it was officially springtime, freezing London seemed to continue to abide to unwritten laws of cruel winter. It was extremely windy and cold. Freezing London is how the city got to register in my head, and, thus, it became the name of our photo diary.
Despite the unforeseen weather conditions, the United Kingdom’s main city rewarded us with some of the most cherished memories of the year. We arrived at Heathrow Airport late in the evening. It was snowing. A thin layer of fresh white blanket quickly covered streets, cars, and roofs of the building. Oh, not a bad welcome! Totally unexpected, but so lovely!
However, what was waiting for us less than an hour later was… hmm… disappointing. Our hotel room was, to put it nicely, beyond the standards of such a classic city like London. Two dormitory-look-like beds occupied most of the not particularly clean space. Tiny shelving, a couple of chairs, and a counter desk by the window were pretty much the only furniture in the room. Definitely, it was not the best place to stay or start collecting pieces of our Freezing London photo diary. Luckily, the room was not freezing.
We had two options: to dwell on our feelings of dissatisfaction and let them ruin our vacation or let them go and enjoy London with its freezing weather despite all the odds. We chose the second.
London is a Dream City, after all
And indeed, all unpleasant images of the hotel vanished as soon as we got outside the next morning. There was London like you see in magazines or in movies. The Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben, the River Thames, red double-decker buses, the Queen’s Guard – all the places and things you ever wanted to see. The way people dressed, talked, followed rules spoke about traditional British customs. London was a dream come true, again, despite its freezing weather.
I was staring at London with my eyes wide open and pressed shutter button of my camera so often (I’m that traveler who desperately needs to create photo diaries of every new destination) that it probably was the only activity that kept me warm in sunny, yet super freezing city. Way before out trip to London, we decided to ditch Uber and instead jump on Hop-on Hop-off city tour bus. I’m not going to brag how smart we were to do it, but it turned out to be one of the best ways, along with lots of walking, to explore London. Moreover, it let us take ample beautiful pictures for our family photo collection and stay within our budget (who doesn’t want to save some money?).
With such a short introduction to the city, grab a cup of hot tea to stay warm and cozy when exploring this Freezing London. I hope you enjoy this photo diary with brief comments to make the experience complete.
So, Here is Our Freezing London Photo Diary: