Bank Holiday in the City

I had this trip planned for a while, but I had to squeeze a work trip in before this one, nothing major, just a two week trip to New Zealand and Australia! All being well, I would land back in the UK early Friday morning, go home, re-pack and catch the train to the city. That was the plan anyway.....

Early Thursday morning I began my trip home from Brisbane, connecting in Singapore before ending at Heathrow. Unfortunately, things didn't start well. Our first flight back was delayed....significantly! 8 hours in fact. This meant I would miss my connecting flight. I spent the 8 hour flight to Singapore feeling frustrated, doubting whether I would make it back in time to enjoy everything I had planned.

I was eventually put on a flight back to London, meaning I would arrive Friday evening. There was no time to head home, instead making the most of what I had with me, as I went straight to the hotel from the airport.....

....after over 40 hours of travelling. I was beat.....

The hotel itself was fantastic, located right on the Southbank of the river.

Our first evening was spent just relaxing along the river itself, I knew an early night would be on the cards after that journey!

I was tempted to wake up early and hope there'd be a nice sunrise to make it worthwhile. In th end, jet lag made the decision for me, as I struggled to sleep past 5am. Definitely worth it though, and it was great to shoot in an area normally brimming with people. 

The main plan for the day was our first visit to Kew Gardens. The weather was uncharacteristically good for a bank holiday, so things kept looking up!   On the subject of looking up, Kew Gardens is by no means the quietest place in the world! Being on the approach to Heathrow airport, brief moments of tranquility are interrupted by the sounds of jet engines every couple minutes. As I spend so much time in airports, the noise didn't bother me, and the gardens were really nice to walk around, certainly somewhere you can escape for a few hours if you've had enough of the crowded streets of London. 

All photos taken on a Fuji X-T1/2 with 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2 lenses