It’s verified Springtime in the UK when you leave school or a late lecture or the office and it is still light outside. Even better were the warm evenings of April when I got home from work and the sky was still glowing. London, like most things, looks its best under the sun. Even on a grey day, the city romances me – perhaps I’d even go so far as to say that I’m still a little enthralled when it’s raining. It got me thinking though that it’s easy to idealize a city or place which is so often romanticised in films and books, like the winding cobbled back streets of Rome. A view of the lit-up Eiffel Tower from one of Paris’ old bridges (my bridge of choice is Pont Neuf), or the sun setting over the silhouette of Big Ben and the River Thames.
These scenes play on repeat in film after book after music video. You can’t blame us for feeding and buying into the romance of these places. Is it those films that made the places more charming or were they so absorbing and alluring in the first place? Just a thought that’s been in my head lately.
On my walk to work, I pass a little vegan cafe, a tearoom, a family-run Italian place. Through the colder months, the indoor lights and the condensation on the windows has made them into warm havens, a respite from the cold.
Now, the chairs are out on the uneven pavements and the doors are held open by a string, a doorstop or a puppy. Spring is in the air in London, and in true British fashion everyone has stripped down to shorts and t-shirts and we are alfresco-ing like it’s in our nature.
I’ve been seeing (/couldn’t miss) the #wisteriahysteria hashtag on Instagram lately. The photos are the classic Instagram shots – the white facades of houses in Kensington, coloured doors and Wisteria climbing around the window frames. It’s pretty and it’s whimsical and only a little bit repetitive. I’m noticing it more on Instagram recently, whether it’s some of my favourite bloggers or just the same houses and streets, but my feed is full of different versions of exactly the same photo.
So a little wisteria and Springtime love – from another corner of London.
Where are your favourite springtime spots?
Love, C. x
p.s. Photographs taken at Hampton Court.