There is a reason that London is world renowned. From its ancient buildings teaming with culture to its fantastic restaurants, bars and venues, London is a must-see destination. It’s also one of the best cityscapes for photos in the world. If you’re a photographer looking to grow your portfolio or just aiming to up your Instagram follower count, there are few better places to go.
Here is a six photo spots you don’t want to miss on your next trip to London:
They call it ‘The Mother of Parliaments’ for a reason. This 19th century building has seen the rise of and fall of many political heavyweights such as Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Clement Atlee. Designed by architect Charles Barry, the Palace of Westminster is also one of the most stunning buildings in London.
You can grab a good photo from pretty much any angle. You could head to Parliament a square for a great front facing view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (although the clock tower is currently undergoing maintenance). You could also head to Westminster bridge for a view from the River Thames. It’s hard to take a bad picture of this building.
2. St Paul’s Cathedral
Inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St Paul’s is another breath-taking example of architecture in the city. What we see today, is actually at least the fourth church to stand on the site. After its predecessor was burnt down in The Great Fire of London, Christopher Wren designed the building that we see today.
From its impressive basilica to its beautiful interior, there is the opportunity to take some fantastic photos to be taken here.
3. The Gherkin
The Gherkin is a notable example of modern architecture in London. Designed by architects Norman Foster and Ken Shuttleworth, the Gherkin is easily one of the most unique buildings in the city. Either taken as a close-up photograph or part of the London skyline, the Gherkin is a great photo op.
There are some excellent hotels near Aldgate in London, that are in close distance to the Gherkin.
4. The London Eye
The London Eye has been wowing visitors since 1999. The landmark has taken centre stage in some iconic photographs. With Parliament on one side and a view across the South Bank on the other, there are plenty of photo opportunities here. Another option is to head on board for a ride and take a photograph of the magnificent London skyline.
5. Buckingham Palace
The seat of the crown Buckingham palace is easily one of the most famous buildings in the world. From 1761 the building has seen its fair share of history. The palace has played seat to many British monarchs including Queen Victoria, George V, and the current monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
You can take a tour of the palace and great normally unseen angles of the building that are a fantastic for taking photos.
6. Greenwich Observatory
If you want a photo that encapsulates the view across London, you’re unlikely to find a better spot than the Greenwich Observatory. From the observatory you can spot landmarks like Canary Wharf, Parliament and the London Eye. The observatory building itself is also a fantastic example of Baroque architecture and will likely catch eyes in a photograph.