Spring is undoubtedly the most beautiful season in London. It starts with the first blooming tree – at the beginning of Portobello Road, followed by beautiful magnolia, cherry and wisteria blooms. At this time Instagram is going crazy, everyone is getting excited for checking their favourite photo spots. The best place to go is of course Notting Hill. Get off at Notting Hill Gate station and start Magnolia hunting at Kensington Pl. In my London Photo Guide, I included a few more places to Instagram in that area, check it out. A while ago I blogged about Why I love Instagram Without Taking Endless Selfies, and now I can add one more reason for that – meeting like-minded and really interesting people. My contract at previous job finished just on time for Magnolia blooming season and I had a lot of time to explore miles of streets for beautiful photos. One day Margarita Karenko, a London-based portrait and lifestyle photographer, contacted me with an irresistible offer to go for a photo shoot with Magnolias. I usually don’t like posing for photos, because I feel super awkward and simply don’t know what to do … but I really like beautiful photos of myself hehe. It turned…

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I wrote this post for the online magazine Story of My World. When I think about London the first thought that comes to my mind is beautiful houses and weekend markets. While architecture varies from one area to another, markets are an essential part of almost each part of London. And when every tourist goes straight to Borough market and then wander around Southbank and Tower bridge, I recommend you spending your Saturday afternoon exploring Chelsea in the west part of the city. Chelsea is an area famous for its expensive properties and good shopping. I like exploring new places through photography and places to have a good cup of coffee. Thanks to the location of the office where I work, I got very familiar with this area and all hidden places worth visiting. Let’s start!   Chelsea Farmers Market 10am – 4pm 2 min away from Sloane Square is Duke of York Square where on Saturday from early morning till early afternoon you can enjoy a local food market. My best advice here is to come hungry. Market food is always delicious and healthy. Scroll down through stalls to choose what interests you the most. You can have either scotch…

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When you think about a big city what do you picture yourself? Probably a lot of commercial and residential buildings, shops, monuments and some parks. What I love about London is that you can have such amazing places as lavender farms right in the city! Yes, it’s not in the centre, but still not that far away! I have been seeing a lot of photos from there on Instagram and have always wanted to go there. There are 2 lavender farms, one is actually in London – Mayfield Lavender and another one is just outside of the city – Hitchin Lavender. Lavender is blooming in July and August only, so it was a very quick decision to go there asap. It was easier and faster to go to Mayfield Lavender and so we did. There are different ways to get there: by public transport or by car. There were 4 of us and the cheapest was to rent a car. 50 minute drive from Clapham Junction and we are there! The entrance is 1 GBP only and you get to spend a day in amazing huge field full of lavender. I’m not a big fan of lavender flavour in cosmetics, but…

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  I know I know, for some people the idea of having The Bucket List seems stupid and too cliche, but for me it’s the only way to organize myself and plan my time. I’ve been in this situation before – after a year of living in Budapest, one week before leaving this beautiful city I realized that I hadn’t done a lot of things I wanted to. I know that we won’t be living in the UK for the rest of our lives and one day will be moving somewhere else, I want to make sure that I’ve done everything I wanted and haven’t missed out. Also, it’s good way to get up on Saturday and start doing things (not that I don’t do anything, but you know… ). What London has taught me is to plan everything in an advance. It can sounds ridiculous, but sometimes we even book theatre tickets a year before the performace (crazy!). Anyway, I initially wanted to write down a list of ‘100 things to do before leaving the UK’, but I’ve decided to leave a room for some spontaneity and cut the list a bit.   Touristic stuff and museums: 1. Tate Britain ✔ 2. London…

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I’ve always found it exciting to take photos on a given topic. And it’s even better if there is a deadline and other people involved. I’ve been thinking to run a photo challenge on Instagram and I gave it a chance last week. The theme was ‘Street Light’ and I asked people to use a hashtag ‘#kj_streetlight‘ to tag photos they would like to submit. I thought no one would participate and I would quietly delete my post announcing this idea. I was so wrong! I got a really positive feedback and I felt a huge relieve that idea was actually interesting. Aaand.. Join us this week with a topic ‘Road Crossing’! I put all the instructions here. On Sundays I repost some of the photos on my personal account. Let’s do it! Here are some submitted photos from last week: @meanderingmacaron   @arinainlondonland   @marzipandaaa   @justinbiegall   @the_london_gentleman   @sne.24   @roxyextreme     Want to know which apps I use to edit my photos? Get the free  ‘The Ultimate iPhone Photos Editing Kit’ below:  

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Today is 2 years since I moved to London. Even though I was super excited, I was deeply sad to leave my family and friends in Saint Petersburg. A woman at Russian border control tried to cheer me up saying that my passport is valid for the next 10 years and I can visit home often. The moment I landed in London I was back to my normal mood of being excited about starting a new adventure.   2 years have passed quickly and I feel like I have always lived in London. I believe that certain places influence us to do or not to do something. For example, Budapest was all about partying and I couldn’t be bothered of doing anything else. In London I’m constantly inspired to embrace creativity and challenge myself as much as possible. This city can be very exhausting, yes, but at same time it gives so much energy I don’t have time to spend it all. Ideas are in the air; incredibly aspiring people are around – a perfect place to live.   What I love to do the most in London is to explore it with a camera. Today I wanted to share Instagram…

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When my parents ask me what I do in London in my free time I say ‘I love doing street photography!’. They are like: ‘What? You just photograph a street? Like any street? A road? A wall? What?” Well…yes and no I answered. And then they came to visit me in London and my dad was taking photos of everything: signs, tube, houses, cars, etc. I found myself giving him advice on what he can take a photo of to capture London and London life. This is what I recommended: 1. Outdoor cafes Regardless of the season you will always find somebody standing or sitting outside a pub or a restaurant. British pubs look great on photos and people out front will make your picture look alive.  London coffee shops are also not to be missed out. There are many with eye catching exteriors and are an essential part of London street life.   2. A Black Cab This is a symbol of London for me and they make a photo look great. When crossing the road you can stop in the middle (at a special place for pedestrians) and you will always see one of two of them in front…

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  Yes, I’m giving away ‘OK BUT FIRST COFFEE‘ bag full of goodies! Enter Giveaway right here. It will take 5 seconds >>> What am I giving away: A Cotton Bag to carry stuff around (also good for shopping!) Milk Chocolate Truffles – my favorite! Water Bottle to stay hydrated Notebook to write down your thoughts when in London Round Mirror to double check how awesome you look today London stickers to add to your notes Workshop Coffee Beans – Buf Espresso, Country Rwanda, Variety Red Bourbon to stay well caffeinated. You can taste London coffee before you come here!I LOVE it! How to win the London Travel Kit: 1. Enter the giveaway here! 2. You will get your unique Lucky URL after you enter the giveaway. Share this link with friends. 2. For every friend that you refer, you get THREE additional entries into the giveaway! 3. The more people you refer to sign up, the more chances you have to win. Awesome! This contest is on till 26th of April. That means you have 8 days to promote your Lucky URL with friends on: – Instagram – Facebook – Twitter – Blog – Email list Enter the giveaway…

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