St. Paul’s Cathedral by Leila Peterson in London, England, UK

During the first week of living in London, we climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and spent a good 20 minutes admiring this 360 degree view of the city. I grew up in a small town in Hawai’i, and up until September, had never left the United States. Being at the top of of St. Paul’s, and looking out over London was a moment I’ll never forget.

Name:Leila Peterson

Place you live: London, UK

Place your photo was taken: At the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London UK

Can you sum up London? – So far I’ve only experienced winter here. Rain, snow, little bursts of sunlight, and amazing little pieces of history scattered across the city.

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: Photography. Exploring.

A perfect day in London? Coffee with my husband, a small lunch at the little bakery on the corner, and taking the train into the city.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Borough market, a walk along south bank, visit the Tate Modern, walk over the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral, and end the night in a pub for food and drinks.

A perfect meal? Personally, I love going down to Piccadilly Circus for Japanese food. My husband and I were raised on Asian food, so it’s somewhat of a comfort to us. A nice warm bowl of miso ramen, or okonomiyaki with fried rice. Mmm.

What is the best thing about your spot? There’s always something new to do and see.

What is the worst? The weather

A little known fact about where you live? You can still see the entrance to a large underground air raid shelter from World War II, next to the tube station by our place.

Where is your favorite place in the world? I fell in love with the deserts of California and Arizona. Something so peaceful and magical about them.

Who are your three favorite photographers? Vivian Maier, Eugene Atget, Joel Meyerowitz