London Travel Diary

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Hello my darlings!

I hope all of your week’s have kicked off to a great start! I hope you’ve already seen my travel vlog of our trip to London & Paris from over the holidays (if you haven’t, it’s at the bottom of this post too!), today I finally finished putting together all of our London photos! I’m so happy with how these turned out, it’s such a beautiful, colorful mess to scroll through :) — I put up a video about my entire camera collection that I travel with, so if you’re looking for gear details please check that post first!

We traveled to Europe with another couple – Waseem & I have been to both cities before so our trip was pretty chill. We ate a lot, went out a lot, and just spent wonderful quality time together. Most of this post is from the one day Waseem and I properly went out sightseeing – let’s get to the photos & I’ll chat as we go!

We had a quick day in London before Paris and stayed in South Kensington. I loved the neighborhood, it was super charming, safe to walk around at night, & made for great photo opps during the day!

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I got sooo many questions about these mules! They are by Vince & are so comfy! I wanted them in tan but was so late on the train looking for these. There are a couple size 11s left at Nordstrom Rack but that’s about it :-/ But here are some other great mules I found below..

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One thing we really loved about the UK was seeing how mainstream SouthAsian culture is there! Who freakin knew that chicken tikka masala was invented there and is the national dish?!?! Ok ok.. apparently a lot of people know but we didn’t *mind blown* – hello, they even have a chicken tikka masala sandwich at Subway (& it was delicious!). We headed to a restaurant everyone was recommending to us, Dishoom, in Covent Gardens on a whim and there was a line out the door. I have never in my life seen a line for a Desi restaurant lol! It was so long that they weren’t even allowing more people in line so we headed elsewhere womp wompp. We planned ahead of time later in the week and were able to get a table for lunch! The place was chic and the westernized Indian food was a great experience & so yummy!

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We spent a day of obligatory sight-seeing up and down Westminster Bridge. The weather was absolutely awful and really put a damper on my mood. I was cold, uncomfortable, still a little sick from a cold I caught in Paris, and just generally peeved thinking I wouldn’t be able to take any good photos. But then the lights came on… :)

Gloomy London is absolutely gorgeous by night, the cold blue-grey color palette + the warmth of lights over the gothic architecture of parliament is simply magical. It was consistently rainy and dreary during our 2012 trip as well so if you make a trip out and the weather is depressing, wait for the lights! I wish we knew last time, it’s worth the cold night.

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Palace of Westminster commonly known as the Houses of Parliament

“Hey look kids, there’s Big Ben & there’s Parliament.. again!” – name the movie :)

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A view of the London Eye while crossing the bridge

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For New Years Eve dinner we got in our fix of Fish & Chips at The Mayfair Chippy with our friends we were traveling with and some old-new friends! Fahmida (girly in the middle!) & I have been e-friends since highschool when we had Xanga blogs :) it was amazing to finally meet and ring in 2016 together over a decade later! Check out her blog: www.londonlife.me/

We had the best Fish & Chips ever at dinner!!! I don’t know if it was the fish or the sauces but oh my gosh I’m still dreaming about them!

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11 Comments

  1. Jenny
    January 26, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    YES to adding a tech section (I saw your twitter)! I’d love to learn how to take photos like you

  2. Sania
    January 27, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Wow love these pics! They’re all amazing! You and Waseem make a beautiful couple Mashallah. Glad you had a good time! Wish I could have seen you in London :( come again soon!

  3. January 27, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Great post!

  4. Sam
    January 29, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    These pictures are wonderful! Was it difficult to take the nighttime pictures or were low-light settings on your camera enough to capture the images nicely?

    I wish you had more pics on this post! I love that these weren’t extremely touristy; they incorporated quintessential London in the right amount.

    • January 29, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      OMG i thought we were soo touristy so this makes me happy!! Thank you so much! the timetime photos weren’t difficult – my camera def has good ISO capabilities but also because there are so many street lamps it was never difficult to focus. the back of the head shots were annoying because it couldnt “see” the black hair to focus so i’d have waseem focus on my face and then I’d turn for him to click it haha!

  5. Aimen Khan
    February 5, 2016 / 7:24 am

    I wish i could travel abroad and take pictures like that! You guys are legit GOALSSSSS

  6. Rae
    February 11, 2016 / 4:57 am

    You should come to London in the summer and go to places like Regent’s Park for a picnic etc. That’s my favourite relaxing place in the summer it’s so beautiful with flowers bloomin and the sun shining. Oh if you ever come U.K. In the summer sure to check out Brighton too :-)
    Oh oh please say you you went winter wonderland since you came during Christmas time? If not it’s always up during every Christmas :-)

  7. Ayfa
    November 25, 2016 / 3:20 am

    Hi lovely great post, just wanted to find out whether you used a tripod for the nights shots? I find it extremely difficult to take night shots that are not blurry without a tripod.

    • November 25, 2016 / 6:29 am

      Thanks! No I didn’t use a tripod in any of these photos. Use a faster shutter speed if your photos are blurry

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