Best places to take pictures in London
The bustling city of London is chock-full of Instagrammable places, from the royal residence Kensington Palace to the modern Sky Garden housed on the top floor of a skyscraper. 🤳🏼 We’ve rounded up some of the best photo spots across England’s capital. Sit back with a cuppa and discover our top 10 Instagrammable places to take photos in London. 🍵
Photo: Jimmy in London for Flytographer. Omonele and their family capture memories on a trip to London with a family photoshoot.
1. The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Our first highlighted route hits many top places to take photos in London all at once. Start at the Houses of Parliament, then follow the River Thames to Big Ben, the London Eye, and Millennium Bridge for a tour of London’s most iconic monuments. Stop at a classic red telephone booth along the way for a must-have Instagram photo, and then hop on a double-decker bus for a ride around the city as the Londoners do! 📞
Photo: Flytographer in London. Maci and their family capture memories near the London Eye in London with a family photoshoot.
2. Covent Garden & Piccadilly
The perfect stop to discover along our Covent Garden & Piccadilly route, Trafalgar Square is the central hub of London’s cultural West End.🌲 It’s just a short walk from Leicester Square cinemas and theatres, as well as home to the beautiful National Gallery. This is also a perfect spot to walk towards Buckingham Palace, with a view of the London Eye along the way. 🎡
Photo: Hector in London for Flytographer. Karen and their family capture memories in Covent Garden & Piccadilly in London on a family photoshoot.
3. Shoreditch & Brick Lane
For totally unique vibes in central London, we recommend Shoreditch, filled with colourful graffiti, gritty streets, and a lively buzz.✨ Don’t miss Spitalfields Market, a covered market — helpful for London’s trademark drizzle — perfect for browsing local arts, vintage items, and more. Creative types and tech-heads have recently breathed new life into this unique corner of London where curry houses, street art and trend-setters coexist in a uniquely vibrant scene. The Barbican Centre is the perfect addition to our Brick Lane and Spitalfields route; we love the Brutalist architecture at this London icon!
Photo: Hector in London for Flytographer. Ruby and their family capture memories in front of a mural in Shoreditch & Brick Lane in London on a family photoshoot.
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4. Tower Bridge & Tower of London
Tower Bridge (hint: it’s not London Bridge!) and the Tower of London in the South Bank are distinctly “London.” The best time to walk along the Thames is at golden hour, especially sunrise, to have the views to yourself. 🌅 In addition to seeing one of London’s most iconic attractions, the city views from Tower Bridge are tough to beat!
Photo: Emily in London for Flytographer. Caroline and their partner capture memories near the Tower Bridge in London on a couple photoshoot.
5. Notting Hill
The famous Portobello Road runs almost the entire length of Notting Hill, and it’s a must-visit on Saturdays when it is overtaken by stalls selling everything from pastries to vintage clothing to antiques in one of London’s most famous street markets. 🥐 The rows of colourful houses in an array of pastel colours offer an incredible variety of Instagram-worthy photography spots any day of the week.
Photo: Jimmy in London for Flytographer. Lisa captures memories in Notting Hill in London on a modern headshot photoshoot.
6. Westminster Bridge & King Charles Street
Tucked away just a few steps from Westminster Bridge, the famous King Charles Street is the real star of our Westminster Bridge route. It has been used in many Hollywood movies, such as Sherlock Holmes, The Avengers, and many more. 🎥 This is a great spot to capture the feel of old central London, and is conveniently located near “the tube.” Navigating the London Underground system is a rite of passage for any London visitor!
Photo: Jimmy in London for Flytographer. Jayne and their partner capture memories in London with a couple photoshoot near Westminster Bridge.
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7. Buckingham Palace & Mayfair
You can’t get more London than this iconic London landmark. 🏰 Home to the royals, we can’t guarantee that you’ll spot the Queen, but watching the changing of the guard is a bucket-list experience. Our guide to the top places to take photos in London would simply not be complete without including Buckingham Palace! Get there early to stake out a great view! Continue your stroll through central London via the posh enclave of Mayfair.
Photo: Jimmy in London for Flytographer. Jessica and their partner pose in front of Buckingham Palace in London on a couple photoshoot.
8. Shad Thames
One of the most iconic symbols of London, Tower Bridge boldly spans the River Thames, but dig deeper and you’ll discover one of Jimmy’s favourite London spots on our Tower Bridge route, Shad Thames. 📸
“My favourite ‘private’ area for photoshoots is Shad Thames. It has that super industrial old London look and feel because the buildings along this historic street are all original and date back to the 1900s. The buildings and bridges that connect them were once used for manufacturing and shipping tea leaves. When the tide is low, you can get some cracking low shots close to Tower Bridge, but be careful, the rocks can be very slippery during low tide.” – Jimmy in London
Photo: Jodi in London for Flytographer. Alexa and their family capture memories on their trip to London with a family photoshoot near the Thames River.
9. Millennium Bridge
Do you know of a certain British wizard named Harry Potter? Fans will recognize Millennium Bridge from the final movie … when it was completely destroyed 🤯 Never fear! The real bridge is as perfect as ever, offering knockout views of St. Paul’s Cathedral from the bridge. Discover Millennium Bridge along our Iconic London or St. Paul’s Cathedral routes, and post-shoot, head to the nearby Tate Modern for a dose of modern art. 🎨
Photo: Jimmy in London for Flytographer. Dana and their partner capture memories at sunset on the Millennium Bridge in London on a couple photoshoot.
Best known for the popular Camden Market, this quirky neighbourhood is one of the best under-the-radar Instagram spots in the city. Trendy cafés are abundant for a refuel before visiting London Zoo or Regent’s Park.
Photo: Hector in London for Flytographer. Miranda and their partner capture memories on a trip to London with a couple photoshoot.
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The city of London is packed with stunning photo locations, and you truly can’t go wrong when it comes to this beautiful city. Explore our London Travel Tips to help plan the perfect itinerary, and capture the magic in one of these top places to take photos in London with one of our talented local Flytographers.