London heatwave!


This was the week that summer hit London with full force with blue skies and temperatures reaching 30 degrees at Sunday’s peak. Perhaps not so high for some of you reading this but trust me, that’s really hot for London! Sunday was also famous for the debacle of the England football team but let’s not dwell on that…..

One highlight of this week for me was a drive through Richmond Park. This is less than 30 minutes from central London even with London’s busy traffic and is an amazing place to visit as it’s not only a huge and beautiful expanse of open land, but it’s so big you can drive through it. What makes it really special is the herds of deer you can easily see as you drive/walk/run/cycle you way around the park. They are so used to people and vehicles that you can get really close to these beautiful creatures and here are a couple of snaps so you can see them for yourselves.
Sunny days are always great down by the river Thames and I made a trip to the Tate Modern which not only has incredible art but also a couple of great balconies for photographers to indulge themselves with river views. I loved taking these of St Pauls and the famous ‘wobbly bridge’, and one across the maze of buildings in the city of London, old and new sitting next to each other.

Regents Park was the scene of last week’s Taste of London Festival where one section of the park was taken over by stalls and people but has returned to its usual calm untroubled state. We went for a walk through the park during the week and loved the riot of colourful flowers and decided that being a gardener in a royal park must be a wonderful a job. Here’s an example of their work:

Then it was back to the river where the pubs along the tow path have been packed out with people enjoying the summer weather and feeling like they are on holiday in the heat of the weekend. This one is in Chiswick – one of 3 in a short space of river bank.

The coming week will be all about Wimbledon now the football has lost its sparkle for the English and I hear the weather will hold so watch out for more sunny photos of London at its best!
Bye for now,
Sue

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