London is without a doubt one of the most photogenic cities in the world – the city is rich with historic beauty, architectural features, and colorful details on every corner making it the perfect destination for any photographer. So, while you are in London and either trying to capture that perfect street photography shoot or just trying to up your “gram” game, you cannot go wrong in London.
I’ve highlighted a few of the top locations to take photos at in London. Some places I didn’t make it to on my last few trips since they were quick trips so I also made a quick list of places that are also worthy in London to visit or drop by if you want to photography for the insta.
Tower bridge is an iconic staple of London and famous around the world. It is confused with the London Bridge occasionally, which is the next bridge about a half mile upstream. From the south side (from where the above photographs are take) you can see The Tower Bridge on the other side. It is also an ideal spot to stop for lunch with a little grassy area to eat outside and do a bit of people watching.
What could be a more ideal spot for photographs for the insta than pics outside of Buckingham Palace? During the day it is pack with tourist jamming their way to the front of the gates to catch a glimpse of the changing of the guards and anything else they might be able to spot. Early morning or around sunset are ideal times to check out Buckingham. No one will be up super early so you won’t have to fight people off just to get a decent picture and at sunset most people are just trying to find a place to eat. We went at sunset in the peak season of the summer and basically has the place to ourselves.
Red Telephone Booths
London Calling! The red telephone booths are EVERYWHERE in London and you can’t go wrong here. From the telephone booth by St Paul’s Cathedral, the telephone booths by Westminster Abbey, to just about anywhere in the city (and the UK in general) these iconic gems make for a postcard perfect picture – but be forward, there is the occasional line and crowd to get your photo with one. So be patient and scout around the city to find different ones.
By now, you have probably seen these crazy pods on Instagram by now. Of all things, this is actually the bathroom to a place called Sketch that serves high tea. Now, this is an experience itself as the tea starts at £59 a person (and were those people that wanted to do a high tea experience and did that – yes, also for the bathroom too).
Notting Hill is probably one of the most photographed neighborhoods in London (thank you, Julia and Hugh) and it does have a lot of character. Most of the house are painted bright colors, the doors are painted vibrant colors, and there is a ton of murals around the neighborhood as well that are just as imaginative. The best tube stop to get off at is Ladbroke Grove on the Pink or Yellow Line of the Tube. It will give you easy access to Notting Hill and you will be right next to Portobello Road/Market.
Natural History Museum
Or the Museum of Dead Things - if you so choose - is personally just very ascetically pleasing and a very cool building that is just full of photography possibilities.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral, especially from the top of the dome, is my personal favorite view in London. After you climb the 526 stairs to see that view, it is completely worth it for the panoramic views above the city and to see just how dynamic London really is. There is an entrance fee to get into the cathedral, however the fee does include the trip up to the dome if you so choose to hike up to the top.
Big Ben is further down on the list currently due to being boxed off for renovations. It is still a worthy sight to see, like the arch way under Westminster Bridge, all the taxis and double decker buses cross the Westminster bridge and - of course - the view from the bridge is hard to beat with the London Eye being so close. From this point you are within walking distance to so many iconic locations in London - Westminster Abbey, Parliament, The London Eye, Southbank, and even Trafalgar Square.
Other Worthy, Key Places & Things To Photograph in London:
xx, A Traveler's Bliss | Grace Anne
(hey - hey you. click the bliss above... do it.)