It is no wonder London is so beloved by photographers. With a unique skyline and a vivid mixture of old and new architecture backed by plentiful green spaces, the city has its own distinct style, unmatched by other capital cities. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a newbie, this guide will introduce you to some of the quirkier places with a real photo finish.
The London Eye
No matter the time of day, the London Eye is one of the best places for getting shots of the city skyline. Ideally situated within easy reach of other major London sites like the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames, you’ll be able to see lots of the best bits of the city from the ground, and even utilise the illuminations from this giant Ferris wheel after dark to create some fabulous effects for your snaps. During your stay at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington, you’ll be within easy reach of this space for convenient travels with your camera.
Houses of Parliament
Not far from the London Eye, you can’t miss the Houses of Parliament. With the iconic clock tower Big Ben and home to the UK government, this imposing architectural marvel overlooks the River Thames, and looks great day and night. You could try some artistic close-ups to capture the dramatic façade of the building, or for even more great shots, position your camera by the South Bank to see Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
After dining at the Park Grand Restaurant, take a trip to the top of the Shard for unparalleled views of London from above. Everything looks different from this angle, and while the building itself is quite new, it’s still been making waves with visitors to London. One of the top sightseeing destinations in the city, you will unfortunately not be able to take a tripod into the venue – but that won’t stop amateur photographers capturing some incredible shots of dramatic cityscapes. If heights aren’t your thing, then try photographing the Shard itself from the ground. It looms large over the surrounding buildings, so you can get a great sense of the sheer scale of it from this angle.
London Street Art
The street art in London is world-famous, and there’s more than a few Banksy originals for you to photograph during your visit to the Park Grand Hotel Paddington. To capture this unique urban style, try heading to the Leake Street tunnel close to Waterloo Station, which has earned the title ‘Banksy Tunnel’ due to its constant stream of great street art. Alternatively, you can indulge in a street art tour and take some great shots along the way.
London isn’t just about urbanisation. The city is also home to some truly remarkable scenery, thanks to an array of stunning royal parks and open spaces. Richmond Park is particularly spacious and stunning, while the view from Primrose Hill takes some beating! Wherever you look in the city there’s something worth photographing – so you just need your camera and plenty of inspiration.