Living in London is a constant discovery: new restaurants and cafes are popping up like mushroom and the “make it Instagrammable trend” seems to be in full swing. We might not even be in Spring yet but London doesn’t get discouraged so more and more floral installation are appearing around town.
Obviously I couldn’t be happier to live in such a photogenic hotspot, I always worry that I will run out of content but this city is slowly proving me that that isn’t going to happen.
If you come to London, chances are you want to take some nice pictures: either for social media or for yourself so I thought it might be handy to produce a quick guide; one to go through where you can pinpoint the places that might be of interest to you.
As you can see, I have added the month to the title because there are likely to be more posts of this kind if this topic interests you so please let me know.
EMBRACE THE SUNRISE if you want pictures without other people in it, Sunday morning is the best time for taking pictures in London. We happen not to have a choice on what time we wake up but I’m pretty sure I would make the effort nonetheless, for me it’s worth it.
- GOLDEN JUBILEE BRIDGE
This is the perfect spot to capture the iconic London Eye from a “river” perspective.
Closest tube station: Embankment
After you’ve taken your pictures: have a stroll around Southbank, enjoy the street performers and enjoy the food in the many restaurants and cafes you’ll find along the river. My favorites are: Giraffe for their pancakes and Wahaca for some tasty burritos, both are cheap and kid friendly too!
- BUCKINGHAM PALACE GATES
Closest tube station: St James’ Park
After you take your pictures: wander around my favorite Park in London (St James) and don’t forget to bring nuts for the squirrels, you’ll find plenty!
TIP: the front gates at Buckingham Palace are almost impossible to shoot without other tourists photobombing your pictures, this shot was taken at the gate at St James’ Park instead.
- VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSUEM
Closest tube station: South Kensington
This picture was taken in the Norfolk House Music Room, located in the British Gallery, room 54. It is just so beautiful, it can be admired for hours.
After you take your pictures: you are a few yards from the most Instagrammable cafe in London; the Elan. With its famous floral wall it’s a must see for the Instagrammers in the city; the prices are quite high but the food is amazing and the staff is very accommodating.
- STAIRCASE AT THE ST. PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL
Closest tube station: King Cross St. Pancras
This staircase is absolutely breathtaking!
Curiosity: it was used by the Spice Girls to record the video of their very famous hit “Wannabe”.
After you take your pictures: plenty of cafes to get food and refreshments around the busy station. If you are a Harry Potter fan, inside the station is where you will find the Platform 9 3/4 so don’t forget to head there.
- PEGGY PORSCHEN
Closest tube station: Sloane Square
One of the most Instragammed places in London. Prepare to queue patiently to get a picture, the food is super cute too. I have heard that the cupcakes are not the best, I only tried one and it wasn’t bad, I promise.
After you take your pictures: explore Belgravia and its beautiful mansions.
- TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Closest tube station: Charing Cross
A true London landmark, it is so beautiful and a must for everyone visiting London.
There are plenty of picture opportunities there (even more when the scaffolding around Big Ben will finally be removed), wake up early if you want the square all to yourself.
After you take your pictures: in this area you have endless possibilities; Covent Garden is the closest which is another must see!