The Top 9 Spots For Photography in London
The sprawling metropolis of London is full of beautiful photo opportunities at almost every corner of the city. From the impressive historical architecture to the picturesque spots of greenery dotted around the city, here are some of the best places you can head to if you want to take an iconic photo of London.
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Buckingham Palace is one of the most emblematic buildings in London. This 775-room palace has been home to the British Royal Family since 1837, and is famous for the iconic Queen’s Guards wearing the London bearskin. Try to get there at 10.45 AM from Monday to Saturday or 9:45 AM on Sunday to see the Changing of the Guards ceremony which offers a string of photo opportunities.
If you are looking to splurge on shopping, then Oxford Street is the best place to do that. It is not only London’s best shopping spot, but it is also the busiest shopping street in Europe. Here you can find more than 300 shops, ranging from designer shops to internationally acclaimed department stores.
You can’t miss Piccadilly Circus, set in a square that is brimming with bright lights and big electronic panels. Since the 17th century, Piccadilly Circus has been a busy spot frequented by Londoners.
You can see the world’s weirdest things at Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum at Piccadilly Circus, play games arcade at the Trocadero houses or shop for pop culture memorabilia.
A street in Brixton, south London, Electric Avenue got its name for being the first market street in London to be illuminated by electricity. It was also the title of a catchy Eddy Grant song in the ‘80s which was inspired by the 1981 Brixton riot.
Today, Electric Avenue is known for its food market which offers a mix of African, Caribbean, South American, and Asian products.
The iconic London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel which was built to celebrate the millennium. A ride on the wheel gives you a panoramic view of the city. The wheel is lit up during the nighttime in seasonal colors, which makes the sight even more startling.
The River Thames
The Thames has played a central role in London’s history, industry, and culture for centuries. England’s longest river crosses the most important parts of the city: Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, and Windsor.
A cruise across the Thames allows you to see some of the most iconic locations of London, including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye.
Hyde Park is one of the biggest parks in London, having a long history of being used as a site for protest, including by those women that fought for voting rights in Britain in the early twentieth century.
The park’s famous Speaker’s Corner still hosts rallies, marches, debates, protests, and performance artists every week; it also has two bodies of water, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and the famous Serpentine.
Westminster is a busy government area in London which is home of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and the iconic Big Ben tower. Big Ben is a famous clock tower which houses the bell that still rings every hour.
Since around 1200, Westminster has been housing the institutions of England's government and, from 1707, the British Government.
Leicester Square is the most famed spot for film premieres, where some of the most exceptional movies debuted here. The square has been a social hub since the 1670 and, beginning with the 19th century, it was re-purposed as an entertainment center.
The square is surrounded by a great number of cinemas, including one with the largest screen and another with the most seats (over 1,600).
Make sure to pack your camera, London is full of fantastic photo opportunities. The city is one of the best places for street photography, there always seems to be something interesting to photograph.