London is a very special place - a sprawling megapolis that still manages to remain cozy and beautiful, there's no other city quite like it. I've had the fortune of living here for four amazing, crazy years, and it will always have a special place in my heart.
I've moved to a whole other hemisphere since those days, but I always come back, time and again, to drink Pimm's, eat Chinese food, ride Routemasters, whine about the weather and feed squirrels in the nearest park. And, of course, visit Tate Modern.
What I love about this place is that it can provide hours of entertainment and learning absolutely free - if you choose not to see paid exhibitions, there's still an extraordinary amount of art on display in the open galleries, both in the new and the old buildings, as well as an amazing view from the observation deck on the top floor of the Switch House (which has actually been renamed since last year to Blavatnik House). The panorama below has been shot completely hand-held and is composed of nine separate frames.
Click on the images in the gallery to learn more about the artworks depicted:
Another great place to view the city is the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower located inside the Olympic Park, this year complete with a metal slide - 178 metres down make for a fun ride. So fun that it will remain open for longer than originally planned - until 31st of October.
During this trip I also shot my first wedding! I don't normally cover events, but what you wouldn't do for your baby sister... The Tower Hamlets registry turned out to be a beautiful brick building drowning in greenery, the weather was suspiciously perfect (overcast with not a drop of rain), the guests an amusing bunch of hipster millennials - an overall a beautiful and happy day.
More wedding pictures here.
Tune in next week for a trip to Edinburgh, a ride around the Highlands and a look inside real-life Hogwarts!