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Yesterday I found myself with a group of 19 strangers roaming about in Somerset House. Some of London’s best events and exhibitions can usually be found here but on this particular day I opted for … wait for it … staircase porn. I should back track and tell you that I’ve only recently heard of […]

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  • Somerset House is one of my favourite places to pop into but I’ve never heard or seen the Miles Stair before! What lovely photos of it.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Laura! It’s hidden in the West Wing where only the people who work there really get to enjoy it. I think you can sneak in by yourself but I’d recommend doing the tour :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow I can’t say I ever thought I’d be into staircase porn but your photos are beautiful :)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarah! I hope you get to see for yourself some time soon! There’s apparently a beautiful one in the St Pancras Hotel, might sneak in for a pic soon :)ReplyCancel

If there’s a more tourist friendly city than Geneva then I haven’t come across it yet. At the invitation of the Geneva Tourism Board, I along with 11 others, spent a weekend in the home of the United Nations and Red Cross. I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the city (like how everyone speaks […]

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  • Simply wonderful! I visited Geneva over 10 years ago and these photos make me want to re-discover it properly!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Glad you liked the post Charlotte! :)ReplyCancel

  • Never been in Geneva yet, but it’s on the wishlist. impossible not to love Switzerland!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hoping to be able to visit more of Switzerland soon!ReplyCancel

I’m a lazy Londoner.  Chalk it down to my introvert tendencies but if asked whether I’d prefer to go out for a walk around the bustling Southbank on a weekend day or stay in and read I would normally go with the latter.  It’s the sensory overload that throws me most of the time when I’m among […]

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  • Sabrina

    Another great post! Thank you for the mention again lovely Jo! <3
    I'm so glad WLTB brought us together and I really hope our friendship will keep blossoming over the years and beyond borders. I will miss you xxxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sab, I’m glad you like the post! I share your thoughts as well ;)ReplyCancel

  • I agree, it sounds like a perfect summer day! The cafe at Clifton Nurseries looks so pretty and the food looks delicious too. And oh my gosh that Mews looks unreal – it’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you get to try Clifton Nurseries soon Sarah. I’ve also heard amazing things about Petersham Nurseries!ReplyCancel

  • It feels like a whole different London doesn’t it? I used to live in the “area”, in Maida Vale and loved to walk along little venice but never been in the Clifton Nurseries, and now can’t hardly wait to go!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was my first time in Maida Vale and couldn’t believe it took me so long to “discover” it! How lucky that you used to live there :)ReplyCancel

Among the many hidden gems in London there is one that completely floored me this morning when I attended the UK launch of The Cultivist held at the Leighton House Museum.  Immediately upon entry I was captivated by the wall of Turkish blue tiles and the overall elegance of an entirely different time and place. The […]

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  • (Ahem) Just commenting everywhere because I love this post so much… You should go back for one of their Sunday tours – they are fantastic. I had no idea what a big figure Leighton was for the UK. Apparently his funeral was almost as well attended as Churchill’s (!) and the wing that houses the jewellery in the V&A is named after him.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Oh thanks for the heads up on the Sunday tours, I’m definitely going to go back soon!ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow, how have I never heard of this place? It looks so beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That’s what I kept saying when I was there, I never knew it existed! Definitely worth a visit.ReplyCancel

  • sabrina

    Totally loved this post! you write so well…and your pictures….well, I told you that too many times already, they are just amazing! <3

    Thanks for the pic too…I don't look as bad as I normally do :PReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That means so much to me, thanks Sabrina! Writing is harder for me so I’m glad you enjoyed it :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Candid’s by Jo took some gorgeous photos of Leighton House Museum and made me really want to […]ReplyCancel

  • I’ve seen photos of this place before and it’s really amazing!!!! That’s what I love the most about london, is how many secret London’s are out there to be explored :)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Brings to mind that quote “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” ;)ReplyCancel

I’ve been on the go lately as wanderlust has inevitably crept in to my spring and now summer plans. And since the Brit has some time off in between jobs we are looking forward to touring Vietnam and driving through New England over the next few weeks. On the days that we’re both home I’ve been […]

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  • Yum! That looks great!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! Super easy to throw together ;)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for the recipe. The Boursin Shallots & Chive with radishes & olives look very tasty and eye-catching. I like the way you layer sliced radishes on the soft cheese. The colour of the fresh radishes is so lovely and it brings me the taste of summer.ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I traded one grand city for another.  Joined by two other freelance friends, Christine & Kathy, we strolled through one arrondissement to the next over five days to take in Paris.  We couldn’t have picked a better week to be free from our day to day distractions and fuel up on our collective creative […]

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  • Beautiful photos Jo – especially that vast one of Paris stretching up to Montmatre. Paris is a city I love and despite 1000s of work trips there have only recently began to explore it as a tourist. I’ll be back to check out your suggestions soon!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you get to visit soon! Go up the Arc de Triomphe for that view of Montmatre, it’s amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful post Jo! So dreamy and poetic that it really makes me want to jump on a train and go to Paris tomorrow! I’ve never been to Paris yet! Love your writing too. I will definitely use your tips when I finally get myself over to Paris one day! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarka! I highly recommend going in June :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Yee

    Great pics!ReplyCancel

  • Hey Jo, just stopping by to say hello and what a fab adventure! Lovely pictures as usual. RxReplyCancel

A man peered through Lyle’s large windows as I pointed my large lens at a lone tomato.  It must have been a funny sight to see 13 people in an otherwise empty restaurant with cameras strapped around their necks and one particularly photogenic tomato on a table.  What is this madness?

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  • Such a fantastic day Jo, so a heartfelt thanks to you, Sarka and Olia. I’m so impressed with your first go at a video. A new career (Oh no not again I hear you cry! beckons??)
    Can’t wait for the next one…
    Ceri xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks so much for joining us! Haha, I’ll pass on the new career but I guess never say never!ReplyCancel

  • it looks amazing Jo! So happy it went well and yes, the light at Lyle’s is simply the best! I will come to the next one if I’m still around.
    You go girl! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s hard to take a bad picture there ;) And yes, would love to have you when you’re not jetsetting around the world!ReplyCancel

  • It looks amazing!Ohhh and the light-WOW!!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The light in that restaurant is always inspiring :)ReplyCancel

  • This looks like a great class – are you planning on hosting another one anytime soon?
    What lens / camera do you use and or recommend ?

    xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hi Laura – we’re likely to plan one for the autumn. I’ve added you to our list once we have dates scheduled. As for camera & lens I use a Canon 5D Mark 3 for food photography with mostly prime lenses 50mm, 85mm and 100mm macros.ReplyCancel