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The London food market scene has a new player in town with the recent opening of Druid St Market in Bermondsey. Last Saturday morning, I passed one historic arch after another while making my way towards the market for lunch and a quick tour led by its founder & editor of Toast Magazine, Miranda York.The market was already […]

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  • Good tip Jo! Those look like proper baguettes… I’m in!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Those baguettes would go great with the smoked salmon & mackerel! Def worth a stroll on a Saturday morning 🙂ReplyCancel

“Carve out time for personal projects” was the advice I heard repeatedly from professional photographers when I first started out in food & lifestyle photography. I’ll admit I don’t do it often enough since I’ve been traveling a bit but really enjoyed the personal project my friend Krissy & I worked on for Chinese New Year. Instead […]

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  • Gorgeous photos, I love them! This sounds like a really fun thing to do!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! The best part was getting to eat all the leftovers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Malaguti

    Love the leaning ice cream photo! Everything looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous post Jo, and great idea. I need to carve out a little time to work on my skills with a personal project. I have no hope of being a ‘proper’ photographer but it will be fun trying to get better.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Kellie! It’s definitely a process and can be frustrating at times but so rewarding when you look back and start noticing results. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos! I really need to work on personal projects (and eat more ice cream)! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! I think those two should come hand in hand!ReplyCancel

  • […] diner photoshoot with Kathy Kordalis […]ReplyCancel

Have you ever traveled to another country and left just a little heartbroken? Vietnam struck such a chord for me, in good ways and bad, during the 16 days we spent making our way down the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.  I had preconceived notions of what to expect: chaotic motorcycle traffic, amazing […]

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  • A little of how it feels to go home to Pakistan, wish you can visit one day – beautiful post, captivating photos, as always – miss you girl xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Me too! I can imagine how the colours and textures can be so similar between the countries. Hope you can visit one day to taste Vietnam yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Your photos are SO beautiful! Such a lovely post, it brought back memories of my trip to Vietnam last year, I fell head over heels, it’s such an amazing country!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarah! What parts of Vietnam did you visit? I’d like to go back in a few years to visit more of the countryside and the Mekong Delta.ReplyCancel

      • I started off in Hanoi, spent a few days trekking in the Sa Pa region. I visited Halong Bay then travelled down to Hue and Hoi An. I spent a few days in the Mekong Delta before finishing up in Saigon. It was such a great trip, the humidity nearly killed me though!

  • Brycene Tang

    This really makes me want to go to Vietnam myself!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post! Your reflections really resonated with me, and your photos are amazing, as always. I can’t wait to read more!ReplyCancel

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

  • […] But… There are SO many more houses to explore in London and staircases to marvel at! So far I’ve seen or heard of – Apsley House, Kenwood House, Leighton House and Strawberry Hill House. If you just need a lovely staircase, so far I’ve been to Heal’s and read about this stunning staircase at Somerset House. […]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

  • Carolina Brandao

    The parc des Eaux Vives would be just the place I’d visit. I love watching the sunset while having a picnic! Thanks for sharing Jo!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s the perfect spot (except for the relentless mosquitoes)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 😛ReplyCancel

    • 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