If we’re talking about London photography icons, this is one of those areas that you have to photograph.
I should, however, warn you that the last I checked there was some construction ongoing on Big Ben. Apparently there is some restoration work going on that will last until about 2030. So, there might be some scaffolding on the tower.
Though I could really care less about the pom of royalty, there’s no doubt that there are some photos surrounding the royal life. The best place, in my opinion for that, is just outside of London at Windsor Castle.
Big Ben and The Parliament Buildings
As is always the case with my photography posts, this guide to the best photo locations in London will be updated as I discover new locations and photos.
Personally, I’d recommend coming here at dawn. In the afternoon, the bridge is usually way too busy for a good photo.
St. Paul’s might be the most underrated photo locations in London.
There are a lot of places around the heart of London where you can get the domes in your photos. However, I also highly recommend going into the cathedral itself. You won’t be allowed to use a tripod, but the interiors are stunning and make for awesome images. Just be sure to bring a wide angle lens.
Tower Bridge and City Hall
There are obviously countless locations to take photos of big ben and parliament beside it. However, I do have 2 favourite spots.
A set of London photos isn’t complete without some images of Millenium Bridge.
Personally, I like to stay in the area around the Tower of London. I feel like being in the area gives me the best access to photo spots and also public transit. That being said, it can be a little bit more expensive to stay in this area. If you’re looking for a good option, there the CitizenM Hotel is very nice. There are also some cheaper options like a travelodge.
Below are a couple of my favourite street photos from the King’s Cross area.
This is what the image looks like of City Hall with Tower Bridge in the background.
However, there are limitations to the public transit. And, it’s sometimes nice to just be able to walk out of your hotel and find a photo location right away.
This pedestrian bridge was definitely built with photography aesthetics in mind. The sharp turns of the path make for an awesome foreground, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance makes for a perfect backdrop.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
London is a big city. It’s also well connected by the city’s underground system. So, getting around the city isn’t all that difficult.
One of the cool things about taking photos in London is there are images to be made on basically any street. Literally any place where you can find one of the iconic items of London like a double decker bus or a red phone booth, there’s an image.
Also, while the images isn’t exactly of Millenium Bridge itself, you can actually go down onto the rocks of the Thames next to the bridge. During low tide, it can provide a pretty unique perspective of the city.
I’m a big believer that no collection of photos from a city like London is complete without including some images of the people.
King’s Cross for Street Photography
With the right light and motion, it can make for an awesome photo of London.
Finally, there’s an awesome photo to be had from basically right on top of Tower Bridge. You kind of need to get into the road. But, there is a little pedestrian triangle that you can safely stand and set up your tripod.
The first spot is across the bridge opposite the buildings. It gives you a clean angle at the buildings and the water makes a decent foreground.
Natural History Museum
The first time I went to London, I felt a little bit underwhelmed. However, the more I explored, the more I found how many incredible photo locations there are in London. In fact, though I’m still not sure I love London, I do think it’s one of the best cities in Europe for photography. I’ve explored quite a bit of the city and feel like I’ve still only barely scratched the surface.
Any Street with London Icons
The below are – as of now – my favourite places to take photos in London.
Where to Stay in London on a Photography Trip?
One of those photo locations, however, comes with a bit of a caveat: you’re not supposed to take pictures there.
The cathedral is almost an afterthought in many guides. But, the domes of the building are seen in so many London photos.
If you’re looking for some street photography locations in London, King’s Cross is absolutely awesome. The area is not only full of characters that make for great subjects, but the background architecture is great.