Winter On London’s Southbank

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A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the Southbank. It is lovely at any time of year, with its cafés and restaurants, theatres and book stalls. But I especially love it in the winter – on clear, crisp days – when you can amble along without the crowds of summer.

As nightfall approaches, beneath the magical glow of the London Eye, the Southbank continues to buzz with visitors of all ages. Chatty groups of theatre goers, day trippers, couples holding hands… they all pass along the riverside, entertained by the mime artists and talented buskers.

The London Plane trees that brighten up the city seem especially pretty along the banks of the Thames. (Despite their name, they’re not actually a British native, but a hybrid of the American Sycamore and the Oriental Plane.) I have great respect for these hardy trees and like to include them in my photos to create a balance with the urban structures.

On my last visit to the Southbank, I was treated to a winter wonderland – complete with an ice rink and Christmas Market! I tried to capture the sparkling atmosphere in my photos…. Hope you like them!

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Sarah Rees

Sarah has been fascinated by the natural world for as long as she can remember and is keen to explore new places and document wild encounters with her trusty camera. She is an Environmental Scientist, presenter and keen wildlife photographer; and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. With a background in television production, she launched her online Forestwatch videos to celebrate the diversity of woodland wildlife and ancient trees. She is keen to work on more Natural History programming.

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