Snapshots of the city ~ Autumn finds

I’ve always been a snap happy kind of person and my friends will confirm that I can often be relied upon to have a camera lurking in my bag somewhere.  I’ve had everything from a polaroid to my current DSLR, but since mobile phone cameras have improved massively I use my phone more and more to capture the wonderful world of the city and the life within it. This City Life.

Instagram has become its little assistant storing up day-to-day finds and as many of these pictures don’t make posts I thought I’d round up a few of my recent autumn finds.

Street art often takes you by surprise in London.  Look up or look down and you might just find a little creativity cross your path.  I was heading to the V&A the other week and stumbled upon this pretty picture of Big Ben.

Once inside I made a beeline for my favourite part of the museum, the fashion gallery.  Newly refurbished and full of lovely things you can get up close to and admire its craftsmanship.

From fashion to fun, I love it when a event space thinks about the fine details and has a bit of fun with it.  I spotted this door sign at a recent work event in The Brewery.

Sometimes finding the cool things in London takes a bit of research and these are two of my favourite books.  One from the infamous city guide Time Out, the other from talented journalist Saska Graville which is proving to be a much-used guide for weekend activities (read my review here).

There’s few great pictures you can take on the underground but you can now use wifi in some stations down there. Have you tried it out? It certainly helps fill those impatient minutes every Londoner experiences after discovering that your next tube isn’t due for another 8 minutes!

From under-ground to high up above, the view from Parliament Hill is much more pleasing on the eye (you can read how I got there in this recent post).

But for day-to-day prettiness I enjoy seeing which canal boats moor up near the office.  This one is my favourite yet, a garden’s worth of flowers sitting right on its roof.  An ingenious way to have a garden in the city don’t you think?

I recently discovered weekend beauty at Liberty.  I’ve never had a proper look around before but I fell in love with its spectacular beams, creaking floorboards, and 19th century style.

I loved it almost as much as how I love spotting the trees that are wearing their autumn colours already.

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  1. November 5, 2012 / 4:50 pm

    Love the chalk drawing on the pavement – how very Mary Poppins!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      November 5, 2012 / 5:35 pm

      Yes totally agree! It was a lovely unexpected find. Got to love London and the way you can just stumble across these things here!