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Embers in the London Sky – Tour of London!

 

Recently I had the joy of returning to London! While there, I snapped photos of many of the locations from my World War II novel Embers in the London Sky.

BBC Broadcasting House

In Embers in the London Sky, Hugh Collingwood works as a BBC radio correspondent based in the beautiful Art Deco-style Broadcasting House, built in 1932. From here, the BBC made the broadcasts that informed and inspired the British people during the war – and coordinated the shortwave broadcasts transmitted worldwide that were a lifeline of truth and hope for the oppressed peoples in Nazi-occupied Europe especially. This building was hit by Luftwaffe bombs twice during the London Blitz and also served as the site for American correspondent Edward R. Murrow’s famous rooftop broadcasts on CBS during the Blitz.

BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

BBC Broadcasting House, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Sarah Sundin at BBC Broadcasting House and All Souls Church, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Sarah Sundin at BBC Broadcasting House and All Souls Church, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Whitehall

Aleida van der Zee Martens, the heroine of Embers in the London Sky, works at the Ministry of Health in Whitehall, the area of London where many British government ministries are located. At the north, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column anchor Whitehall.

The Cenotaph (war memorial) in Whitehall, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

The Cenotaph (war memorial) in Whitehall, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

The Cenotaph (war memorial) in Whitehall, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

The Cenotaph (war memorial) in Whitehall, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Foreign Office, Whitehall, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Foreign Office, Whitehall, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Regent and Oxford Streets

In the novel, Hugh and Aleida often walk along Regent Street extending south from Broadcasting House, through Oxford Circus (where Regent and Oxford Streets cross), and along Oxford Street toward Hyde Park.

Regent Street, heading south from Broadcasting House, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Regent Street, heading south from Broadcasting House, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Oxford Circus, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Oxford Circus, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Oxford Street, London, heading west toward Hyde Park, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Oxford Street, London, heading west toward Hyde Park, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

The Strand and the Embankment

The Embankment runs along the Thames, and the Strand is a road that parallels the Embankment. The Strand Palace Hotel and the Savoy Hotel are featured in the novel – the Savoy was a popular spot for foreign correspondents in London during World War II.

Waterloo Bridge as seen from the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Waterloo Bridge as seen from the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Charing Cross Station, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Charing Cross Station, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Strand Palace Hotel, the Strand, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Strand Palace Hotel, the Strand, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

The Savoy Hotel, the Strand, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

The Savoy Hotel, the Strand, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Hyde Park and the Dorchester Hotel

Many crucial scenes in Embers in the London Sky occur in London’s beautiful Hyde Park and at the historic Dorchester Hotel. We visited Hyde Park on a gorgeous sunny day!

Italian Gardens - a lovely spot for lunch...or a murder! Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Italian Gardens – a lovely spot for lunch…or a murder! Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Italian Gardens, Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Italian Gardens, Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Hyde Park, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, 9 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Battle of Britain Monument

Along the Embankment now stands a monument to the heroes of the Battle of Britain, a pivotal part of Embers in the London Sky.

Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Depiction of pilots "scrambling" for their fighter aircraft, Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Depiction of pilots “scrambling” for their fighter aircraft, Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Depiction of Air Raid Precautions volunteers at work during the London Blitz, Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Depiction of Air Raid Precautions volunteers at work during the London Blitz, Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

 

Depiction of St. Paul's Cathedral standing amidst the smoke during the London Blitz, Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

Depiction of St. Paul’s Cathedral standing amidst the smoke during the London Blitz, Battle of Britain Monument, the Embankment, London, 10 May 2024 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

100 responses to “Embers in the London Sky – Tour of London!”

  1. SueEllen Schack says:

    So hoping I win this book. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Loraine P Ertelt says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures!
    Loraine

  3. Heidi Gile says:

    I loved Embers in the London Sky! I can tell that a lot of research went into this book. It was hard to put it down.

  4. Joy says:

    Loved seeing your photos! Now I want to make another trip to London to see these specific locations.

  5. Patti Bond says:

    I really love reading your books Sarah Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of your trip to London

  6. Cara Ferguson says:

    Your books have been my all-time favorite from the time I read “Through Waters Deep” at 16! I have all of them but this one. I can’t wait to read this one too!

  7. Karen Rhoades says:

    These photos are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them. I’d love to go to London to see some of these amazing historical buildings and sights. For now, I’ll enjoy them vicariously through you! I’m behind on reading your newest book, but it’s definitely on my TBR list

  8. Alicia Haney says:

    Wow, this is Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your photos, they are Beautiful and it looks like you had a great time! This is wonderful!

  9. Anne says:

    Wonderful photos. A memorable experience. Your novels are unforgettable.

  10. SARAH TAYLOR says:

    Thank You for Sharing your Pictures they are all amazing ! And London sounds Beautiful I Love the cover of your Book and I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Faith Marshall says:

    What cool pictures! I’d love to visit England someday.

    By the way, I’m reading A Memory Between us right now and loving it! 🙂

  12. SARAH TAYLOR says:

    Thank You for sharing Love the Photo’s And Your book sounds like such a great story SARAH TAYLOR

  13. Cyndi Newlan says:

    Thank you for sharing these fantastic photos! I hope to one day visit there.

  14. Bernice Piechowski says:

    Loved the pictures. I love reading your books.

  15. Susan Newcomb says:

    These are marvelous photos, thanks for sharing!!
    Now I can get a vision of the places in the book.

  16. Katie says:

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. Although I know much has changed in London since WWII, it is great to be able to put an image with the story and picture what the characters might have seen.

    • Sarah Sundin says:

      Thanks, Katie! What’s amazing to me is how much has NOT changed. Even after the Blitz, they were careful to restore so much to the original state.

  17. Jan Tomalis says:

    Beautiful photos! Maybe someday I will get there!

  18. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos.

  19. Patricia Palys says:

    My best vacation was spent in London and it’s time to return! Thank you for sharing your photos and bringing back those memories! I look forward to reading Embers in the London Sky!

  20. Marilynn Crelier says:

    This is a great read! Hope to win so can share the
    surprise with my soon to be 90 yo reading bestie! We
    have been friends for 5o years!! Our girls met in kindergarden and our still BFFs

  21. Anne-Marie Webster says:

    The pictures are impressive, Susan. Thanks for sharing. Without them I would never have been able to envision these places. I would be thrilled to win one of these giveaways.

  22. Denise says:

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and for the chance to win.

  23. Kay Garrett says:

    Loved seeing the photos. They show what a wonderful time you had.

    Greatly appreciate the chance to win a copy of “Embers in the London Sky”.

  24. Lorraine Groom-Ashmore says:

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been in London. I loved seeing your pictures. I am my church’s librarian and I’ll be adding your books at the start of the fiscal year. Thank you for your careful research.

  25. Renee Jackson says:

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and giving us this opportunity! Love your stories!

  26. Joanne Mielczarski says:

    Sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Hope I can win a copy.

  27. Marybeth Pettitt says:

    I love history and WWII is my favorite time to read about, I think because my Dad was in the Navy at that time. I really enjoy all of your books! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!

  28. Beth says:

    Enjoyed the photos. Would love to win a copy of “Embers in the London Sky.”

  29. Lisa Sabatini says:

    I must admit, I found these locations to be different from what I imagined.

  30. I hope to win!! I love bookmail!!

  31. Beth Smith says:

    I loved this book, as I do all of Sarah’s books. If you have not read it, then you MUST make it a summer read!

  32. Kay Enderlin says:

    Love looking at all your beautiful pictures.
    Thanks for the chance to win your Fabulous Book. I love all your other books too. It would be so fun I have this book to add to my collection.

  33. Jena L says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  34. Kathy Schlagel says:

    Thank you Sarah, for all the photos. It’s as if I was there with you.
    I’ve liked all your books. I’m looking forward to reading
    Embers in the London Sky.

  35. Robin Rexroad says:

    what a great trip!! Now I need to go to London again!

  36. Faith D. Cox says:

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing!

  37. Becca Wolfe says:

    One of my favorite places in the world. I didn’t want to.go.home: Europe/London is so unlike the US. Don’t let anyone tell you that British food is plain and simple – a ploughman’s lunch with a lager is a great way to start!

  38. Kathy Walton says:

    Love seeing the pictures and reading the descriptions. I have really enjoyed your books. Thank you for this opportunity.

  39. Sue says:

    I love your books! My husband does too!

  40. Jeanette Davis says:

    Thank you for this opportunity! My mother in law grew up in London during WWII so excited t read this book!

  41. I would love to win this book! Thank you for sharing your pictures from your trip. I can’t wait to read this novel

  42. Shirley Chapel says:

    Love these pictures. England is a beautiful country.
    Thanks for making this giveaway possible and I would love to win a copy of Embers in the London Sky.

  43. Danielle Hull says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! Motivating me to make a plan to travel to Great Britain!

  44. Trudy C says:

    Love the pictures!! I’ve read lots of books that mention Hyde Park and some of the other places, too!!!

  45. Sharon Provenzano says:

    Loved all the photos of London as it’s been since 1997 that I was there with a tour group from Illinois and don’t remember any of these beautiful, informational photos. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Gay Martin says:

    Would love to read this book, the pictures you shared all looked so familiar as my youngest daughter and I visited London for her high school graduation trip!

  47. Kathleen Ann Gardiner says:

    I almost went to England in my youth, but, alas, it was not to be. I’d love to go but not without my dogs, and then, of course, I might not come back! The photos are stunning, and I would love to read all of your novels.

  48. Betsy T. says:

    Great pictures! Congratulations on your award nominations!

  49. Debbi Lawson says:

    Loved the pictures, Sarah…just read the book while on vacation…I think it’s one of your best! I LOVED the ending!! Thank you!

  50. Corinne Reynolds says:

    Love all your books. Congrats on your continued success! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  51. Karen Asfour says:

    I like to read about WW II everyday people that were heroes. Most of all I know that if I read a book by Sarah Sundin it will be an uplifting and informational book. Thank you for writing and giving.
    Karen

  52. Joan Kurth says:

    What an interesting trip! So many wonderful pictures! Thank you for the giveaway.

  53. The photos are great. I’ve been to London twice, briefly, but there’s so much to see, I’d missed many of these places and appreciate seeing. Thanks. I’d also love to win a book.

  54. John Charles Potter says:

    Thank you I enjoyed the pictures of your trip! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Jean Potter

  55. Congrats on the award nominations! says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book since it was first announced and I’m looking forward to reading it. I am a historical fiction fanatic! lol

  56. Andrea Delp says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos!

  57. Harriet Glenn says:

    While you were touring London, my husband of 60 years and I were celebrating our anniversary. No foreign shores for us, but learning more about our new home of one year in Texas. I’d love to read this book of yours this summer as I try to stay cool. Congratulations on the nominations.

  58. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos. Would love to read. Blessings

  59. Wanda says:

    Wonderful pictures! I love watching the old WW II movies. My parents lived through that time period. Everyone pulled together with a common goal – Freedom!

  60. Pam Foy says:

    Beautiful pictures of London in the spring! Love all your books. Have read books 1-3 in this series.

  61. libby starks says:

    Thank you for the lovely photos. My parents both served in the Mighty Eighth Army Air Force in England. I have never been to England. But they returned twice to revisit the places they loved. Thank you!

  62. Sydonyia CROSSMAN says:

    Beautiful photos!

  63. Judy Welbaum says:

    The pictures are wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  64. Gail Castanon says:

    Enjoyed the pictures. Very meaningful. Hope to win the book and looking forward to seeing you in September.

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