London, and the UK in general, changes from a grey monochrome to vibrant technicolour when the sun comes out. And if the temperature goes up with it, as it does for a couple of weeks a year (we call this summer!), the city changes and life moves outside.
A walk across the city showed there’s more to it than shopping and museums. I happened to have time to stroll, so wasn’t head down trying to get from A to B as quickly as possible. This gave me the chance to experience London as a visitor. I listened in to the languages being spoken around me – not much English – which added to my holiday vibe. The parks were green and glorious with people enjoying the sun and the shade of the trees in equal measure: lazing with a picnic and watching the joggers and cyclists burning calories.
My surprising discovery was the different village feel that changed between the districts as i walked through them. Because people were enjoying the outside spaces of cafes and restaurants, it gave life to areas that would otherwise be unremarkable shopping areas. I got the feel that London wasn’t a single entity but very much a sum of its parts.
For me, an extended brunch stop gave me the opportunity to sit and watch -something usually reserved as a holiday activity. Another reminder that sometimes we can take time to slow down, appreciate what’s on our doorstep and enjoy a holiday at home.