Luckily, I wasn’t jet-lagged! I woke up to a lovely little backyard and could think of a thousand ways to do a fashion photography session in the backyard. Working on it – all I need is a model and some brands to borrow clothes, shoes and accessories from.

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Gorgeous Tarte Tatin for breakfast – with freshly brewed coffee of course. My hosts are incredibly gracious – it’s like a home away from home.

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My lovely lady friend had already purchased an Oyster card for me – to make life simple on train and tube journeys across the city and we headed to Elmstead Woods for a dry run. Nothing like a hands-on session to figure out how a city’s transport works.

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We switched trains at London Bridge and I got a look at The Shard. In person. I need to get up top there and get a view of the city now. They’re on Twitter too. Would be a neat addition to my #EyesForLondon project!

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Walked around a bit at The Strand – mainly to get myself a local SIM card for my mobile. The Vodafone one wasn’t working and the local-store was unhelpful. Luckily there was on O2 store close by and my phone was up and running in no time.

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The blue rooster on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square.

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Beautiful flowers dot various light posts across the city’s sidewalks.

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The National Gallery.

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And finally lunch at Wagamama at Leicester Square. Noodles, Duck dumplings and wine and there was no space for dessert!

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Post the sumptuous lunch, we walked around a bit more on Regent Street, popped into Liberty and then settled down to goggi pfor a few hours at the SpeakEasy Cafe. Fantastic iced Americano!

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And look what I found on the wall at SpeakEasy! An empty box of Moo cards being used as a “drop your card” box. Cute.

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Gorgeous sunlight streamed into the street-front as some patrons read a book while sipping on their coffee.

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Art displayed on the walls of the cafe reminded me of the project I’ve been thinking of doing : black and white photographs of pylons from across the world.

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We were meeting a friend for dinner and waited for her to arrive.

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After she arrived, we headed to the closest pub where we could find a seat. And I had my first Guinness!

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Dinner was at Thai Pot. Started with the house wine.

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Beautiful flowers in the window. Their burgundy contrasted with the blue being reflected off the windows of the building across the street.

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A sharp and sweet lemon sorbet for dessert.

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Day two was a great introduction and most of it was about food and coffee and trains. Now that that department was settled, I could look at making my own plans of what I wanted to do and explore in and around London.