Being a northerner and country fella I am only normally passing through London on business or for a day or two. There is a local that has caught my eye with her passion for the place and has a real personal way of showing the city and her views. Please meet Marianne Knight.
From The Desk of Marianne Knight
It is often said that London looks it’s best in the sun. And it’s true, there is something intoxicating about the bright rays of sun over the beautiful architecture, centuries of history come alive and you can feel an overwhelming sense of joy in this wonderful city. It may be that the rarity of such days holds the real essence of wonder but I am not sure, I don’t think I would ever get bored of London in the sun, even if we were blessed with such an occurrence every day. But that may be due to the fact that I am half Greek and could happily live in a sauna.
There is however another side to London that I would wager is more spellbinding – and that, is London at night. The sunsets on clear nights offer magnetic river views, with purple hues in the sky, the waters still and unreal, and moving further into darkness the twinkling of the city lights make it look extravagant and whimsical.
My favourite time to walk around London is late on a summer’s evening; a warm night offers a welcoming aura to the London, offering a different kind of beauty and peacefulness in an otherwise vibrant street. There is something electric about being the sole witness to a different street dynamic at this hour.
I will never tire of this place.
You can find more of Marianne’s photos and thoughts on her blog Shooting London.