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Being arguably one of the most photogenic cities in the world, we wanted to share some of our favorite London photo spots with you. These range from the iconic sites, such as Buckingham Palace and Parliament, to the lesser known beauties, like the Albert Memorial.
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Let’s start with our favorite London photo spot and work our way west through the city.
No matter what time of year, or what time of day, Tower Bridge is sure to delight. It’s photogenic from all sides, depending on the light you are dealing with. Plus, You can even go to the top of the towers and cross the glass walkway. Try to time it with the bridge opening for a large ship to pass.
When the crowds clear out and the lights turn on, the bridge turns from gorgeous to stunning. Get up close with a wide and capture the details of the tower. Or, head to our favorite little outcropping on the South Bank to get a captivating view of the full bridge.
Tower of London
Also taken from the South Bank, this shot of the Tower of London is best taken at night when the London icon is lit.
You would think you can get a good shot from Tower Bridge, but it’s not that easy. A set of trees block the way. However, you can get decent photos of the surrounding walls and gates.
The tower itself is best taken from within the paid attraction or from the South Bank.
London’s skyline is rapidly changing as larger skyscrapers make their way into the city.
London has no shortage of great views, but specifically around Tower Bridge and South Bank there are great spots for photographing the iconic buildings, such as the Walkie-talkie, the Shard, and City Hall.
I personally love the contrast of old and new. The famed Gherkin sits in the background, the Tower of London and Tower Hill Memorial in the foreground.
Markets of London
Some of the best London photo spots are also the best places for food and shopping. We’re talking about the London markets.
A smorgasbord for the senses, the colors, smells and flavors will have you inspired. But, what we love more than even the shopping and food, the markets tend to be in architecturally interesting areas. Keep a look out for old doorways, statues, and signage.
London is a city of the arts. You don’t have to wonder far, or for long before you run into one of the city’s many statues and sculptures.
One of our favorites can be found in Devonshire Square, not far from London Paddington Station and Spitalfields Market.
St. Paul's Cathedral
Our second favorite area for London photos is the area from St. Paul’s to Bankside.
There is truly nothing more breathtaking than St. Paul’s cathedral lit up in the evening. Head to the Festival Gardens area, near Cannon St. and New Change, for a photo like the below.
We also love the shot from the south side of the Thames with a view just under the Millennium Bridge.
Don’t under estimate the views of the city from the dome.
View from the Tate Modern
In our opinion, the best up high view in London is from the free observation deck at the free Tate Modern Museum.
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
A little out of the way unless you are coming into London by international train or through Kings Cross Station.
St. Pancras station itself is a beautiful example of a Victorian masterpiece. Next door, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is awe-inspiring.
Not far from St. Pancras is Camden Town. Famous for it’s market at Camden Lock, this area is a treasure trove of history and beauty. Along with tons of quirky things to catch your attention.
If you are looking to party while you shop, head into the Cyberdog rave store. Let’s just say there are plenty of photo opportunities.
Sadly, it will be a while till the view from Trafalgar Square looks like this again as the infamous Clock Tower (Elizabeth Tower) is under repairs until 2021.
Trafalgar Square is still in our list of fantastic London photo spots. There’s Nelson’s Column, The National Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-fields, and of course the fountains.
It’s a big public gathering area, so don’t be surprised to see events going on in the square.
The best place to get a view of this massive landmark is from the north side of the Thames. Though, we also have a few great photos from the Golden Jubilee Bridge. Try to catch one of the many cruise boats in the foreground.
Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Clock Tower
A trip to London isn’t complete without a picture of the Elizabeth Clock Tower and Parliament.
The bad news is that there are repairs on the tower taking place until 2021. The good news is that they aim to keep at least one side of the Clock Tower visible throughout its repairs.
It wouldn’t be fair to show just what it looked like before the construction so we included one of what you are likely to see until the repair work is complete.
One of the most elaborate and royal churches in the city is Westminster Abbey. With its intricate details, of course it’s one of our favorites.
The Mall and Horse Guards Parade
The most spectacular way to reach Buckingham Palace is to slip under Admiralty Arch and walk The Mall.
The famous Horse Guards nearby also makes a lovely London photo spot.
One of the Queen’s residences is also one of the most photographed.
Don’t forget to turn around. Depending on the season, sometimes you can see straight across St. James’s Park giving a very different perspective of Horse Guards. There’s even a unique view of the London Eye which is easiest to see in winter when the leaves have dropped.
Museums of London
On the west side of the city there is a plethora of museums. Not only are their displays worth a visit, but the buildings themselves are jaw dropping.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Natural History Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Hyde park has a ton of fantastic London photo spots.
Daydream in the Italian Garden, walk alongside the Serpentine, or marvel at the Albert Memorial.
At the far side of Hyde Park is Kensington Royal Palace. You can’t take photos inside but it’s the garden that makes for great shots.
Royal Albert Hall
Directly across the street from Albert Memorial is the Royal Albert Hall. The magnificent structure is full of interesting arches, statues, and other details. The inside looks as phenomenal as you would expect, if you get the chance to do a tour or see a show.
Next door, in a similar clay colored brick, the surrounding buildings make an interesting wander.
Heading back a tad east towards Knightbridge you will find the famous Harrods.
Like much of the architecture around London it is worth a few photos, but don’t forget to head inside to their food court.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Last on our list is still in London but outside of the central city. It’s just so beautiful we couldn’t leave it off.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is worth a day of your time if you can spare it. You could easily go through a whole memory card here.
We hope we have given you tons of inspiration of where to go to get your London photos.
If we missed your favorite spot, leave it in the comments below to help others.