For the past couple of years, I've heard over and over from Londoners, how we really didn't even have a summer. This rings true, because for the last two summers I've been here, the weather was more often than not, very cool and rainy. Not this summer though. London has enjoyed some of the driest and warmest weather in recent years. Some days have been pretty uncomfortable, since most homes do not have air conditioning, and the green spaces are not very green any more, but it has been nice to have a real summer for a change. During the weeks I spent in London this year, the umbrella was rarely opened. Instead the sunglasses got a lot of use.
It was fun to spot the signs of summer around town. A mobile ice cream truck serving free treats on Sloane Square one evening to celebrate the opening of the new Topshop on Knightbsbridge.
It was not uncommon to see children stripping down to enjoy the fountains at Duke of York Square,
Or the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park.
Workmen caught naps wherever they could
trying to find a cool breeze in the heat of the day.
A perfect time to have dinner on our rooftop terrace with visitors from the States.
People coming and going, moving in and moving out.
Little girls in summer school uniforms
say good bye as the end of the school year came to a close.
Lazy afternoons on Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
And the excitement of the Queen's Garden Party before she heads off on summer holiday. Stay tuned for more of this scene in a blog coming your way soon.