London in October
I guess it's a bit late to be posting these photos, but winter has well and truly arrived in Berlin and I would love nothing more than to transport myself back in time to these sunny autumnal days in London. Due to its lack of buildings and other urban sites, this is by no means a good example of London in autumn – think of it more as a collection of photographs of two London gardens.
Hyde Park & The Serpentine Gallery
Hyde Park has got to be one of London's best locations in autumn: the trees slowly turning different shades of red and orange, the October sun glistening on the Serpentine transporting you to the Mediterranean,… – though the Serpentine's waters were rather choppy and the windy conditions made our walk through the parker rather colder than the images would have you believe.
Getting to see the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion, which was designed by Bjarke Ingels, was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Being able to take in the building's structure with a backdrop of clear blue sky made it all the more special.
Inner Temple Garden
Like my mother, I am very fond of gardens. And what does one do when in London? Visit gardens of course! Having read an interview with Inner Temple Garden's head gardener Andrea Brunsendorf in German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, we took the first possible chance to visit this green refuge right in the centre of London.
Nestled between the Inns of Court, and surrounded by historic buildings, some of which had to be rebuilt after the London blitz, the gardens look back at over four hundred years of history. Andrea Brunsendorf has been head gardener since 2007 – the first woman in this post. Under her, the gardens have turned into a wonderful green sanctuary.
During lunchtime, when the garden is open to the public, you can witness many barristers taking a break on a bench, or even trying their hand at table tennis. In spring, I vow to return, to witness the garden coming back to life – and possibly to meet Andrea herself, whose Instagram feed is a constant source of inspiration.