If I’m looking for inspiration and eye candy, I head to London. There’s so much to see and I always return full of ideas. I used to live in London and I don’t recall finding it as inspiring as I do now, I guess you don’t fully appreciate what’s on your doorstep. Here are four ways I like to be inspired when visiting the big smoke.
BREAKFAST WITH A VIEW
I love arriving early when everyone is buying coffee and rushing to work. Finding a cosy cafe with a street view is my idea of heaven, and I find soaking up the morning atmosphere wakes up my creativity. As do scrambled eggs on granary toast with an Earl Grey tea.
GOING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
I’m always inspired by the streets of London, there’s so much history, beauty, colour and texture. It’s a treat to set off with only a vague idea of where I’m heading and taking the prettiest streets as they present themselves. I always find the best places when I’m not really looking for them.
As a self-confessed minimalist I’m not a big spender, I do however enjoy wandering around London shops and department stores. I like to take in the fashion and interior collections, stylish food halls, colours, displays and so on. I learn so much about the current trends by wandering around the floors of Selfridges or Liberty.
MAKING TIME FOR TEA
I’ve a lot of time for socialising over tea and cake. And I find chatting about creativity, blogging and photography with like-minded folk extremely inspiring. The photographs below were taken when I attended the first Betty’s Tea Party in London (you may recall my visit to Betty’s earlier in the year). It was fabulous to see old friends and new, and as you will see from my images we were more than a little spoilt. Thank you Betty’s for a delightful afternoon!
Does a visit to the big smoke inspire you?