London is so full of ridiculously photogenic locations and landmarks. But here are a few locations that can make every photographer’s dreams come true! Read on to find tips on how to get the best shot!
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Let’s start with the most popular London attraction – the Big Ben. Did you know that Big Ben is actually a nickname? The real name of the landmark is actually Queen Elizabeth’s Tower.
Now that we’ve cleared history out of the way, you wonder how to get the best angle for photographing Big Ben? There are a few red phone booths very close by that will let you take the perfect London photo (kudos to Curious Pavel and his video for disclosing this awesome angle!) – just go East right by the Parliament’s gardens. There might even be a queue for taking photos, and if you’re a tiny bit lucky – you’ll manage to snap a double-decker passing by, for the perfectly iconic London photograph. Click here for Google Maps street view in order to see the exact location.
Queen’s House, Greenwich – The Tulip Staircase
The Tulip Staircase in the Queen’s House in London is one of the most photogenic London sights! But this sight is not just gorgeous – it is the first geometric self-supporting spiral staircase in the United Kingdom! So you’ll be witnessing some history too <3
But be careful when visiting, there is a rumor a ghost is wandering around.
Saint Paul’s in the Spring
This is definitely the most beautiful cathedral you’ll find in the United Kingdom! It is also the 22nd largest in the world. Although photos are not allowed inside (such a pity, as it is GORGEOUS!), you can take as many as you want outside. And I must say, its beauty is just unspeakable in the spring!
Saint Paul’s was actually originally a Gothic-style cathedral (one of my all-time favorite styles <3 ), until the Great fire of London in 1666 destroyed it. The Cathedral has been damaged heavily before too, but the Great fire of London was the reason it was rebuilt – in Roman style! Most cathedrals in London have been built in Gothic style, as was Saint Paul’s, so the Roman style is pretty unique for London. This is why it’s so worth photographing this London sight!
Tower Bridge is another iconic London photography landmark. You’ll see many different photos of the bridge itself, BUT my photography tip is – get a tripod and take long-exposure shots from it! The wider lens you have – the better (duh!).
A good time for long exposures is usually winter time, since it gets dark early enough to catch the traffic. A 6 or 8-second exposure should to the job, no need for 20-30 seconds. Once you’re all set up and taken a few test shots, stand your ground wait patiently for a double-decker. I was very very lucky in this shot, as I managed to snap two double-deckers passing each other <3
Although Tower Bridge is a super iconic London photography sight, Blackfriars bridge ALWAYS takes my breath away with its purple lights! I have taken SO MANY shots of it, I’ve lost count.
Here’s the photography tip for this one – you can actually go down on the river bank and shoot from there! There are a couple of staircases very close by to the bridge where you can reach the bank. If you’ve still got your tripod from photographing Tower Bridge – use it! Then you’ll have perfectly calm water on your London photo and the reflections will be even more beautiful!
There are two main tips when it comes to Millennium Bridge as a photogenic spot. The first one is capturing Blackfriars bridge from it on a full moon – you’ll be able to snap the Shard, the moon and the river – all for a perfect photo composition! However, if you’d like to do a long-exposure here, it would be quite hard, as the bridge is very wobbly when people are passing (or RUNNING!) by. Thus, you should try a 2-3 a.m. time to take long exposures here.
The second tip is – try to capture Saint Paul’s in your shot! Not only will your composition be better, but you’ll have two iconic London photography landmarks.
When it comes to London photography, it’s impossible to miss the Shard! It can be photographed from many different locations – from the Millennium Bridge as I mentioned above, from London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, or just the surrounding streets! This particular shot was taken from Southwark street, and again – be patient and wait for the double-deckers for the ultimate London photo!
Natural History Museum
This museum is RIDICULOUSLY photogenic – inside and out! The architecture is just mesmerizing, I like it even better than the British Museum! To take a great photo from the outside – go right next to the ice-skating rink – the leaves of the trees will make for the perfect framing <3 And you really can’t go wrong taking photos inside – it’s beauty all around!
London is so full of pretty streets just waiting for you to discover and photograph them! Chalcot Crescent is definitely the most unique of the pretty streets with its crescent form! If you’d like to see a few more of these, click for 7 of London’s Prettiest Streets You’ll Fall In Love With!
Kingston – Out of Order
This art installation is one of my favorite I’ve ever seen and it’s absolutely perfect for London photography! It’s located in Kingston Upon Thames, which is quite far from the center, but it is absolutely perfect to spend an afternoon with. Did you know that there is a Library phone booth and a cafe phone booth in London? Check out 8 London Curious Phone Booths! Since you’re in the neighborhood, make sure too visit Richmond park as well <3
Richmond park is great not just for London photography, but also for an afternoon picnic <3 They offer many activities, but best of all – you can see DEER over there!! Make sure to go two hours before sunset (and bring your tele-lens!) to catch a great shot of these cuties.