Capital of the UK and home to three of the country’s most loved landmarks, London is a must visit for everyone. Whether you’re exploring the rich historic architecture, palaces and gardens, or enjoying the diverse culture that thrives throughout, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy discovering the famous city of London.
London’s Top Photography Spots
Our Research Shows…
…that we love London!
As the focus of our latest campaign Best of Britain, we asked you all about your favourite staycations. London was voted as the nation’s fourth favourite city in the UK with a quarter of Brits wanting to book a staycation in London. It was ranked as one of the most photogenic locations in the UK, with Tower Bridge and the London Eye ranking within the UK’s top 30 most photogenic spots.
Due to the sheer size and substance of London, it’s impossible to write one blog on the countless photo spots that it is home to (especially as it can be argued that every corner in London has the potential to be one!). We’ve taken our results and created a handy guide on the top London hot spots – as voted for by you.
Since its completion in 1894, Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in London. Due to the grand nature of the bridge, there are plenty of angles and perspectives for you to shoot it from, so think about the overall composition and what you’d like to frame it in the background.
If you’re after a harmonious continuation of architectural style, head to Tower Wharf. If you don’t mind a more modern approach, St Katharine Docks has a background view of the City Hall of Greater London which is a beautiful, modern glass structure.
To get up close and personal, The Queen’s Walk, City Hall and Potters Field are all great locations for you to take photos from. If you’ve timed it right, the Tower Bridge is great to photograph at night too.
The London Eye
At 135m high with a diameter of 120 metres, the London Eye is the second highest view in London (only beaten by the 72nd floor of the Shard) so not only can you take beautiful photos of the London Eye itself, you can take amazing photos of London while you’re on it.
If you don’t feel like braving the heights to create a perfect picture, then get your distance! Head to the River Thames on the Embankment to find a complete view of the London eye – and make sure you use a long exposure lens to capture the water too.
The excitement of the London Eye further heightens at night as it lights up and creates a spectacular view. To find out more about photo opportunities on the London Eye, check out their ‘eye opening’ photo series here.
A hub of all things royal, Buckingham Palace is loved by many – and visited by even more. To make sure you get the most out of your photograph, we’d highly recommend beating the crowds and setting off extra early. This bright and early start allows you to take advantage of the Golden Hour and create some regal Golden Hour photos too.
As the residence and headquarters of the Queen, Changing of the Guard is a popular ceremony that provides even more scope for photographing. If you manage to arrive in good time, a great location to set up and prepare is the Victoria memorial.
Other Places to Explore in London
It seems that Camden is the hot spot for quirky Instagram posts. Including the famous Chalk Farm Road Bridge, Camden Lock and the Amy Winehouse statue, you may struggle to put your camera (or phone!) down. Camden High Street is buzzing with photo opportunities wherever you look – so our best advice to you is to be armed with full charge and a lot of storage…
Shoreditch and Brixton
If you’re not interested in picture perfect and want to capture the raw and artistic nature of Graffiti, then a trip to Shoreditch and Brixton will provide you with the inspiration you need. From the David Bowie mural on Morley’s department store in Brixton, to a piece from Banksy on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, there are works of graffiti art everywhere you turn.
Top tip – When shooting graffiti, make sure you use HDR to capture every last detail.
Inspired by London…
Took a snap that you’re particularly proud of? Turn it into your very own piece of wall art! What’s more personal to your home than a memory that you captured on your travels? If there’s just too many photos to choose from, then collate them in one place to treasure forever with a CEWE PHOTOBOOK.
We love to see your pictures, so if you visit London (or anywhere else for that matter) tag us on social media at @cewephotoworld – happy snapping!