Winter On London's South Bank 1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  1. Sarah Rees says:

    Yes, it’s a nice spot isn’t it – for tourists and locals alike! Thank you for your kind comments 🙂

  2. Beautiful photo essay! I love London at night.

  3. London can be beautiful, when you look up and away from the crowds!

  4. Gary Daniels says:

    Excellent photography, I’ve seen and taken pictures of the same subjects,but none of this quality.

  5. Sob… this post makes me miss London so much! The first photo is the killer.

  6. Looking at these pics totally makes me miss London….especially in the winter time :). Awesome pics thanks for taking me back to some good memories 🙂

  7. Wonderful pictures, you have a talent for capturing the moment in your description as well as the photography. I feel the same about the Southbank. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more from you Sarah!

  8. Gorgeous pictures! Especially the 2nd to last one! Winter Wonderland was so beautiful! x

  9. I was just in London and didn't get a chance to walk the South Bank. Love the shots, especially the statue in the foreground.

  10. All the photos are marvellous but the fourth is the one that I like the most!

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