London Photo Essays: The Tourist-y Stuff


I hope everyone had a happy and restful Thanksgiving! Today I’m continuing on with photos from my London trip (I do plan to get to the Paris photos eventually!), with a few of the classic landmarks (aka, tourist-y attractions) that we visited. I really loved seeing Big Ben…so iconic and just beautiful.


The Shard and Millennium Bridge in the foreground.


Millennium Bridge is so cool – I didn’t even know about it until I saw it in one of the Harry Potter movies!


The Shard is so unique and perfectly named. the-tower-bridge-london-4345

Tower Bridge was probably our favorite landmark – look at it! Isn’t it just amazing?the-tower-bridge-london-4356

Here’s a view of Tower Bridge from The Tower of London. tower-of-london-and-the-shard-4378

Old and new – The Tower of London with The Shard in the background. the-london-eye-4403

The London Eye – we didn’t ride on it but it was fun to see. houses-of-parliament-london-4410

Houses of Parliament.


And of course, couldn’t leave without getting a few shots of those famous red telephone booths.

photography by Jacqueline Clair

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  1. Julie wrote:

    Gorgeous photos of Big Ben and the Tower Bridge! Add those to your Etsy account, please. Wow!

    Published 11.28.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Aw thanks Julie! I added a few of them 🙂

      Published 11.28.16 · Reply
  2. Gretchen wrote:

    Lovely. I can’t until my trip in March. Which did you like the best – London or Paris, or is it really mixing apples and oranges?

    It’s funny, when I read your name, because my mom told me had she not named me Gretchen Dionne, her second choice was Claire Jacqueline. 🙂

    Published 11.28.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Hah, how funny!

      I think it is probably mixing apples and oranges but personally I really, really loved London! I kind of knew I would ahead of time – I’ve always wanted to visit there even more than visit Paris. Paris was absolutely beautiful, like a movie, but something about London just appeals to me so much. They’re both wonderful though and I would love to go back to both!

      Published 11.28.16 · Reply
  3. Andrew wrote:

    Photos are amazing. Are folks able to go inside The Shard? What’s in it?

    Published 11.30.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Good question! Looks like it’s an office building and also has restaurants, retail shops, gallery spaces and a hotel. There is an observation deck open to the public also! Great views I bet 🙂

      Published 12.1.16 · Reply
  4. Gretchen wrote:

    I just booked my trip yesterday. I’m going in March and I can’t wait to see all of this first hand.

    Published 1.19.17 · Reply
  5. Gretchen wrote:

    Hi again Jackie,

    What are some suggestions for neat souvenirs to bring back from London? I was thinking umbrella (a good one but where to buy it?), teapot/tea cups/tea caddy, coffee table book of the Cotswolds (taking a day trip there).

    But what are some other nice souvenirs (not the cheapy stuff, although I’ll get some of that as well) to bring back to family and close friends?

    Published 2.7.17 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Hi Gretchen! I didn’t get much in London, but I did find some stuff at a little shop on Carnaby Street. It was definitely just a little tourist-y shop but it seemed a little more eclectic and “hip,” for lack of a better word, rather than cliche. I got a mug and a map print from Alice Tait. I love them both! I wound up seeing some of her stuff in other souvenir stores as well. Definitely check out Liberty of London – I think they have a lot of great gift options. Ben Pentreath was a really nice little shop, and Persephone Books as well. I hope that helps a little!

      Published 2.15.17 · Reply
  6. Gretchen King wrote:

    The Tower Bridge was y favorite landmark as well. Just stunning.

    Published 9.15.18 · Reply