The best camera shops in London

camera shops in london

London is brimming with shops to explore, including those that sell cameras. Whether you’re an avid photographer searching for your next purchase or you simply want to find a camera to record the incredible sights you see during your trip to the capital, there’s a camera shop sure to meet your budget and level of expertise.

These five shops have a selection of cameras plus the staff to offer you advice on the equipment when you need it. From vintage style cameras through to the latest telephoto lens, you can make sure that your London memories are recorded forever with a quick shopping trip.

London Camera Exchange

Right at the centre of the city on the Strand and just 30-minutes on the Tube from the  Park Grand London Paddington is the London Camera Exchange. It has a great selection of both new and used items, as well as friendly staff to help you make the right purchase for you. It sells all type of camera equipment, from a complete set-up to a spare battery to ensure that you never run out of power.


The Spectrum camera shop might be a small store located on Tottenham Court Road, but it has a lot to offer keen photographers and amateurs alike. The staff here is on hand to offer expert advice on which equipment best suits what you’re looking for within your price range, getting to know your needs before making recommendations that are tailored to you – it’s a great service if you’re just getting started.

Aperture Photographic

Not far from Convent Garden and a short journey on the Central Tube line from your boutique hotel Paddington London is Aperture Photographic. Specialising in second hand camera equipment from well-known brands, you can often find a bargain to indulge in here. If you’re a keen photographer, this is a great place to head, it’s not far from The Photographers’ Gallery and there are several other camera stores close by.

Camera Museum

Combine shopping with a museum gallery and a coffee at this top photography destination. The museum gallery gives you a timeline of the camera, with equipment dating back to the 1800s and it’s completely free to enter. The on-site shop offers to buy, sell, and repair a huge selection of cameras. To get to the museum from the Grand Park London Paddington, you simply need to use the Tube to head to Tottenham Court Road station via the Central Line and it’s just a short walk to Museum Street.

Park Cameras London

Not far from where Spectrum is located, Park Cameras London can be found on Rathbone Place. It boasts a wide variety of camera accessories and a good choice across other areas too, whether you’re looking for new or preowned items. The touch and try approach means that you can get your hands on the impressive range and put it to the test too, while technical experts are happy to answer questions you have about the equipment.