10 best London photo spots
Where are the best places to take a photograph in London? We selected the ultimate 10 London photo locations, then London Planner writer Neil visited each of them for some selfie action – he even made a video with a selfie stick. Watch the video here, then scroll on for more information about each location.
Prime Meridian Line, Greenwich
This important mark in the ground divides the earth between east and west: it’s the home of Greenwich Mean Time. Tag #PrimeMeridian with your selfie and you might be re-posted on the Royal Museums Greenwich website.
Abbey Road, St John’s Wood
Released in 1969, the Beatles’ Abbey Road album turned a humble zebra crossing in north-west London into a cultural landmark. Visit the Abbey Road Studios website’s live video camera feed after your visit, so you can find yourself on CCTV!
Platform 9¾, King’s Cross
Expect to queue for at least 20 minutes to have your picture taken at this Harry Potter hotspot (there is a VIP package you can book if you want to skip the queue). You’ll find the platform near the northern exit.
Red telephone box, Westminster
There are less and less these days, but you’ll still see phone boxes across London. Next to Parliament Square, there are several that include Big Ben and London buses in the background. Doctor Who fans should go to Earl’s Court Station where there is a Tardis.
Trafalgar Square lions, Charing Cross
The lions are elevated, so only climb up if you’re happy with heights! The four bronze beasts were designed by Sir Edwin Landseer to protect Nelson’s Column.
St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s
Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece is best seen from the south side of the River Thames, so walk across the Millennium Bridge in the direction of the Tate Modern art gallery, then look back for this amazing view (top image).
Parliament Hill, Hampstead
This London vista incorporates almost every London landmark that you can think of. Parliament Hill is a 20-minute stroll from the southern edge of Hampstead Heath.
The Queen’s Guard at Horse Guards Parade, Charing Cross
For a quick snap with the soldiers who protect the country’s official royal residences, go to Horse Guards Parade on Whitehall. Alternatively, experience the full spectacle with Changing the Guard outside Buckingham Palace.
The loos at The View from The Shard, London Bridge
Yes, it’s the loo with the view, up on floor 68 of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. There are five bathrooms and each has a 244m-high view of London: Instagram gold.
Tower Bridge’s glass floors, Tower Hill
The two glass walkways on the upper sections of London’s most famous bridge are 11m long and offer an incredible view – if you’re lucky, you might be up there when the bridge lifts (we weren’t!).
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