Let’s face it… London weather is not exactly its best feature… I think this line from the move Snatch pretty much sums it up perfectly.
Bad food, worse weather, Mary f*#@ing Poppins…
Now, that statement is not entirely fair… I have had some fine food in the fair London town. London weather, well that’s an unpredictable beast. Unless you predict rain, in which case you have a high percentage change of being correct. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not complaining. London is one of my favorite cities in the world. I am merely bringing attention to a preconceived notion many have about this city. But is that really such a bad thing?
I think it can be considered quite romantic as well – the London fog moving through the narrow streets, the moody atmosphere of the misty rain, and who doesn’t love a good cup of tea in chilly weather? This is the land of the War of the Roses, Henry VIII and his 6 wives, Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada. The little island north of France has a rich history – one a sun-kissed Mediterranean climate just wouldn’t seem to fit. For me, the less-than-perfect weather is part of what gives London its unique character.
I took these photos while wandering the streets during my study abroad. For me, they exemplify the beauty that can be found in London, whether on a cloudy day, rainy day or sunny day. Personally, the ones taken in less that “perfect” weather communicate more to me. They better capture the essence of the city.
Next time you are in London, if it’s a gorgeously sunny day, enjoy it. If not, don’t immediately become frustrated or upset because you might get a little wet. Have a leisurely cup of good British tea in a cafe. Or go ahead and hit one of the pubs on every corner, cozy up with a pint and people watch. It all adds to the charm.