Looks like a fairy tale to me.
London is the perfect city to explore and get inspired by all of the little details and hidden corners that make it so special. My friends led me on the most wonderful tour of their new home base and it felt really good to go for long walks with them, spend time talking about everything and nothing in particular, stop in a park because we just had to admire the flowers, have drinks in a pub in the middle of the day, and ask strangers to take pictures of us. Occasionally I would be several steps behind them taking pictures (something I think they've come to expect over the more than 15 years we've known each other) but there was so much for my eyes to admire that I couldn't help it. I shot over 600 photos in four days and here are a few more favorites from my iPhone. You can see more here and here.
By the way, did you hear about the photographer Lisa Bettany who went around the world taking photos just with her iPhone? I'm too much of a perfectionist to give up my slr and leave it up to my iPhone (even though I love her so) but I respect and admire the concept (and secretly wish I could let go enough to do it too). You should check it out.
I started to make up stories in my head about the little family who lived inside this grand house with the turquoise door in Notting Hill. All the bikes were so charming and had so much personality I started to wonder about the people they belonged to.
After several cocktails we made our way home and realized that it was too rainy and too late to find a cab. My girls are good sports and indulged me in a walk by Piccadilly in the (freezing) rain. It made for fun photos though.
This duck in St. James Park had the most fabulously feathered feet I ever did see and in the most delightful pattern!
I wanted to buy this so badly but walked away before my impulse got the best of me.
These balconies were stunning.