Saturday

#GiffGaffSnaps Photography Walk with Best LDN Walks


London is my favourite city in the whole world. Ok, I haven't been to all of them but it's definitely the best I've experienced. I feel so privileged to live near such a beautiful, magical city with so many photographical landmarks. So when Joe Blogs Blogger Network invited me to the #GiffGaffSnaps photography walk, I was super excited! 
Over 60 bloggers met at Waterloo making up a herd of snappers led by the very lovely, very funny Charlotte of Best LDN Walks (who seriously do the most interesting London tours around!). GiffGaff, our hosts of the evening, were represented by Phil who was on hand to help us with any of our photography queries (you can read the GiffGaff blog post about the evening here) as we set off to snap some of London's most hashtagged locations. 

On arrival, I met up with Katy and we soon found Erica, Laura and Emsy. After a little while, Sarah turned up too and it was lovely to see her again. There were so many bloggers that I follow that I didn't even get to meet all of them, but it felt amazing to be a part of such a huge blogging cloud drifting around Westminster! 

Our tour started on Waterloo Bridge, the longest bridge in London, which was built by women during WWII and is coated in a special material so it cleans itself. We then moved down to Southbank and walked past Southbank Skatepark, through the Christmas market to the London Eye. 



On arrival at the London Eye, we took a left and were led to Leake Street, the only place in London where you can graffiti legally. The history of street art in this tunnel started when Banksy created a piece on a billboard next to the opening declaring it as an authorised graffiti zone. People took this seriously and started contributing their own street art. In the end, Banksy bought the tunnel so that it could be used as a legal place to create street art.



Charlotte had brought along cans of spray paint so we could all have a go at contributing to the walls. This was my highlight of the walk, but it turns out I'm not destined to be a street artist! Just spraying the paint was much harder than I was anticipating! Nevertheless, I managed to create my Harry Potter-inspired masterpiece. (Thanks Emsy for the suggestion!)


Once everybody had daubed the walls, we set back off over Westminster Bridge and past the Houses of Parliament. On the corner of Whitehall, Sarah and I accepted a challenge to see how many bloggers could squeeze into a phone box. We managed four, although I probably took up the majority of the space! 

We headed down Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square, which is where the tour ended. I learned that Nelson was pickled in rum after his death and we all got the opportunity to stand on a plaque that marks the exact centre of London before heading our separate ways.

I had such a fun evening. It was wonderful meeting so many people and I learned so much. Huge thanks to Joe Blogs, Best LDN Walks and GiffGaff for such a fantastic time! 

4 comments :

  1. Amazing photographs! Looks like a lot of fun :D

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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  2. London is such a wonderful city, tops my wanderlust-list! This meet up looks so much fun!!

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  3. Brilliant photos! Am loving seeing all the photos from the #giffgaffsnaps even as everyone has their own individual twist which is awesome. Love the colours in your last photo with the heart! xx

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