Our amazing local photographer Kerry Morgan based in London shares with you the 6 best locations in London for a photoshoot.
Although London has a reputation for being rainy and grey it is an amazing place to have a photoshoot for you and your loved ones. Let’s discover the 6 best locations in London for capturing the City’s ambiance.
- The Royal Exchange
One of the most beautiful buildings in London, the Royal Exchange is a busy area on weekdays as it is in the heart of the city.
Best time for a photoshoot: Early on a Sunday morning when everyone else is having a lie in. The buildings surrounding the Royal Exchange are also great, lots of huge columns to give your images great scale.
- Water Lane in Richmond
At the end of water lane is a stretch of pathway which leads you all the way along the river thames. Dotted with pretty canal boats and bridges, there’s lots of variety to shoot plenty of different images.
Best time for a photoshoot: Get there at early in the morning or an hour before sunset for the best light and less crowded streets. Weekdays are also better as it is a popular weekend spot for locals and tourists alike.
- Shad Thames
The pretty cobbled streets at Shad Thames are a great place for London engagement photography. The street is lined with small cafes and restaurants and this is the old warehouse part of London. The original cobblestones make a great spot for wandering pictures and the cafes a great meeting place.
Best time for a photoshoot: Go early in the morning for a quieter time.
- Under Westminster Bridge
The foot tunnel under Westminster Bridge is an excellent spot for a photoshoot in London. You can create low light portraits using the tunnel itself and also, there is another excellent view of Big Ben, framed by the tunnel entrance.
Best time for a photoshoot: You need to get up early to get this without lots of people but anything before 10am it’s reasonably quiet.
Please note it’s a London foot tunnel and can be very, very smelly on hot days. Good for a quick stop off but maybe not for a long session, especially in summer!
- Battersea Park
All of London’s royal parks require a license to organise a photoshoot there. So Battersea Park is a great shout because you don’t need one. One thing I always look for in a location is lots of variety. The park has it in abundance. Great cherry blossoms in spring and a huge feature fountain in the middle. It’s right by the river, so you can even include a shot of Albert Bridge.
- Thomas’s Hospital Garden
A shot of Big Ben is a must for anyone having an engagement shoot in London. But with the amount of tourists all trying to get a shot too, it can be tricky. Not all clients want to get up at dawn to shoot in empty streets, so the gardens at St Thomas’s hospital opposite Big Ben can be handy. There is a clear view straight across the river to The Houses of Parliament and the gardens are usually very quiet.