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…

View Post

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…

View Post

  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…

View Post

Especially if this is your first time in London. Have you heard of this expression: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step’? Even if it’s just a weekend in London, you have got to have a plan. And it’s going to be your first step for an amazing experience here. Getting familiar with an area you going to stay releases half of the stress when traveling While it’s popular just to jump on a plane and go to Asia without any idea of where you going to be staying, this is not the case with London. Last year about 18 million tourists visited London. EIGHTEEN MILLION. Just think about where all these people are going to stay. Of course they are not coming all together and there are a lot of hotels in London, it’s still wise to think about accommodation in advance. Here are some websites I highly recommend to check: Airbnb – you can rent a room, an entire apartment or even a house. It’s getting very popular among Londoners to rent out their spaces. This is the best opportunity to become a Londoner for a period of your stay. Let me know in comments if…

View Post

Here is my monthly update in 9 photos from my Instagram feed. I like to keep my memories in such a way, so preparing a post in this category brings me a lot of joy and self reflection at the same time. I knew March would be crazy because I planned a LOT. And it went really quickly. One of the main ‘projects’ I had been working on for a few months was to organize a holiday for my parents in the UK. I call it a project because it involved a lot of work, especially coordinating visa process from London (we Russians need visa to the UK and it’s like a pain somewhere… you  know).  So now they can tell their friends stories about how they were almost blown away from Seven Sisters cliffs, were standing half a way in overcrowded train to Scotland and how beautiful Highlands are. When I was talking about ‘Why I love Instagram without taking endless selfies‘ I mentioned @welovetobrunch  – a meeting of Instagramers for a brunch followed by a photo walk. And ta-daaaa I got in this time and it was amazing! (try to find me here). We spent around 5 hours…

View Post

  I remember when I first came to London I was taking photos of every corner without thinking about composition, rules of thirds and other important things from 5 Fundamental Rules of Mobile Photography. When I had a lot of ‘so-so’ photos I got really frustrated and started to think about how other people take photos of London and that’s when I discovered Instagram as an endless source of inspiration and ideas. After spending 2 years here I can say I’ve learned a lot and have discovered some really cool and unusual places to take a photo. This is a short story behind the ’65 Best Places For Photos of London’ guide I’m currently working on. I wanted to share 7 different ideas of a photo of St.Paul’s Cathedral – one of the main attractions and an impressive building with a lot of history. All the locations, maps and photo ideas are covered in ’65 Best Places For Photos of London’ guide which will be available in mid April. If you join the waiting list, you will get a special offer 🙂 Sign up now! Ok, so, where to take an interesting photo of St.Paul’s? 1/Photo from the top of…

View Post

This coffee shop was on my list for quite a long time. It’s located near hell Oxford Street, and I guess it’s the main reason I’d been avoiding it. Interestingly, it wasn’t overcrowded when I got there, maybe because there are not many tourists in London now. Or maybe they simply don’t know about this place… Anyway, there are 2 Curators Coffee shops in the city: Curators Coffee Gallery near Oxford Circus and Curators Coffee Studio in the City of London. I decided to have my Saturday breakfast in one of them before going for a photo walk in Marylebone. What caught my attention the moment  I got there was the pattern on the floor. I would say it’s an ‘Instagramer’s Dream‘ haha. I ended up having orange and lemon cake and a flat white coffee to wake up. When I write about coffee in London coffee shops I’m really struggling to find words to describe it. Coffee here is good almost everywhere, there is nothing to add. So when people ask for my advice on ‘the best coffee in London’ I really don’t know what to say… Maybe to avoid Starbucks and go to local coffee shop. Ones I found a really…

View Post

Winter is over (only on a calendar) and it’s time to sum up February in 9 pictures. If I was to describe February in just one word it would be ‘Cold‘. It’s been bloody cold! But it seems that magnolias are fine with such weather and have decided to start blooming all around the city. And it’s only the beginning! Despite the weather I started to explore Brixton. It’s just 20 min walking distance from my home and such a London place! There is a local market with cheap flowers, a lot of places to go for a drink or lunch (like Brixton Village) and more. Brixton village is a covered market with food, restaurants and shops. I went there twice for a weekend brunch and the main advice will be to get there at 10 am. Later it will be filled with locals and tourists – it’s becoming very popular. In February I planned to spend every weekend going out to explore London for London Photography Guide, but most of the time it was raining. I love you, London <3 … Anyway, when one morning I woke because of the sun I literally ran outside to take photos of…

View Post