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November 16, 2009









hi there! some photos from my first weekend in london. as you can see, it was full of exploration and lots of walking (and eating, of course). that pies & mash spot was my favorite part … old-school british, and i loved it. especially those two older women sitting in the window booth, talking over lunch and coffee.

things are going quite well here, and i appreciate your good wishes. for whatever reason — perhaps because i’m still getting used to things and taking it all in — i’m not yet sure what to say about it all. but i’ll post more photos over the course of the week, and i have a new music recommendation to share very soon, too.

until then, have a great evening.

  1. November 16, 2009 4:09 pm

    oh wow, i wish i was there too! seems like such a strange menu, with the eels and all. hehe. :) the chair is wonderful, i want one like it now.

  2. November 16, 2009 4:16 pm

    these are beautiful…seems like that soft light follows you around, brian.
    and wow, it was probably hard to find a good plate of hot eels in brooklyn, right?
    best wishes…

  3. November 16, 2009 4:23 pm

    Love the chair!
    I’ve been in my new country/city for 7 weeks and I’m still getting used to it.
    It takes time. :)

  4. marthasnail permalink
    November 16, 2009 4:24 pm

    great photos! i wish i could stroll around town with you.

  5. November 16, 2009 4:35 pm

    nice places:

    lantana, on charlotte place, just off goodge street. breakfast! there are a few nice delis around there, too, and also benito’s hat, a burrito place. yum.

    on the far (away from st. pancras) side of the british library, on chalton street, kings sandwiches. really reasonable food, good staff.

    the wellcome collection, on euston road (also near st. pancras) is amazing, free, and open late.

    i hope you like it here! i’ll be stopping in london on my way from nottingham to lille and will wave.

  6. November 16, 2009 4:45 pm

    so lovely to see these (and you, in that first one, yes?). the pie place would be my favourite too.

  7. November 16, 2009 4:47 pm

    ooo, I wish I could have had one of those pies!

  8. November 16, 2009 4:57 pm

    I hope you try the hot eels next time!!

  9. November 16, 2009 5:15 pm

    Thanks to you I want to go to London again !!!!

  10. November 16, 2009 6:26 pm

    gorgeous shots! happy settling.

  11. November 16, 2009 6:51 pm

    Oh man. This is gonna be good.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. sweetcomice permalink
    November 16, 2009 7:26 pm

    Oh, thank you for the menu!
    This IS going to be good.
    thank you thank you!

  13. November 16, 2009 8:26 pm

    yaay! you are using “quite” already! next up: “proper” (e.g. “this office needs to get a proper copy machine.” it just kind of sneaks in, doesn’t it? im excited to follow your adventures!

    so glad you are enjoying it!

  14. November 16, 2009 8:35 pm

    There is quite a lot of eel on the menu, Brian. Now *that* might be hard to get used to.

  15. November 16, 2009 9:48 pm

    ah london! I am sure you will find lots of special places with lovely light … I wish I was back there now!

  16. November 16, 2009 10:11 pm

    Dang, I gotta get used to your new posting time. ( for now atleast) It used to be in the morning, now its at night!. Great shots brian. You make me miss london.

  17. November 16, 2009 11:02 pm

    You’ve been there two minutes and have already been for pie and mash. I lived in London for twenty five years and managed to escape that particular ‘tradition’!
    Where are you living?
    You should definitely go to Leila’s shop for brunch and Mangal in Hackney for great Turkish food (you may get to see Gilbert and George, they eat there every night!)
    Have fun!

  18. November 16, 2009 11:53 pm

    There’s nothing better than exploring a new place! Beautiful pictures, Brian.

  19. November 17, 2009 5:51 am

    we can already see the difference in the colors of the pictures: different weather, different light, a brand new atmosphere!

  20. Melinda permalink
    November 17, 2009 6:09 am

    Thanks for sharing , good luck on your new adventure .

  21. November 17, 2009 8:40 am

    love these photos! can’t wait for the music rec. enjoy it all!

  22. Sam permalink
    November 17, 2009 9:31 am

    Hi, Brian’s blurry head. I miss you.

  23. November 17, 2009 9:39 am

    so glad you are settling in, and i’ve said it 10 times before but… i knew your photos would make me miss london even more than i already do! if you haven’t already you should try out S&M cafe (sausage & mash, there is one in Notting Hill and one in the Angel area). You should also go have indian food on Brick Lane (great photos to be had over there), try Wagamamas (it’s a chain, but i love it), go see a movie at Electric Cinema (also in notting hill, the chairs are big comfy couches), visit Holland Park and Primrose Hill, walk the south bank, spend hours wandering the Tate Moders… oh ok, I guess I will leave it there, for now. ENJOY!
    OH! one last thing, head down to Richmond and walk along the Thames. there is a cute old pub (can’t remember the name) right on the river and they serve up a good Sunday roast.

  24. November 17, 2009 10:03 am

    and quickly; the museum of everything in primrose hill, it’s not open for much longer and it’s wonderful!

  25. November 17, 2009 11:34 am

    only the place change, the photo quality still rules !!!

  26. November 17, 2009 2:12 pm
    There is a lovely guide to London on this site called Lo-Fi London.

  27. Adi permalink
    November 17, 2009 6:23 pm

    Oh yum , Pie and mash – love it !!! where is it ?

  28. November 17, 2009 7:20 pm

    Ah, yes. The speechless thing. You are saying plenty with that camera, sir.

    And you may consider that clock photo faved one bazillion times. Like, weak-in-the-knees faved.

  29. November 18, 2009 1:18 am

    what great images……what great colours….

  30. November 18, 2009 6:28 pm

    aw brian, sad to see you’re all the way on the other side of the atlantic, but you’ve definitely snapped some great pics…so i’ll allow it to continue.

  31. November 19, 2009 5:23 am

    hey! I´m following your blog since several months and I like your photographs and everything so much!!!
    Last summer I´ve been one month to London and we both discovered that black door with its red lion and nr. 66 on it!
    I was only walking through finsbury to take some photographs.
    There you can see some other photographs of London, if you like!

  32. November 19, 2009 6:34 am

    After spying that pie list on flickr I took myself to Exmouth Mkt yesterday and spent my morning sipping coffee at Brill and people watching while pretending to work. What a fabulous find!

  33. November 22, 2009 9:11 am

    oh, i love these photos, especially the one with the two ladies.

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