Whether you’re a budding photographer or an amateur snapper, no trip away is complete without a few pictures. If you’re wondering where to take pictures in London to capture the city at its best, we’ve gathered together our top spots. 

Where To Take Photos in London

The London Eye at night

The London Eye

Nearest tube station: Waterloo

Whether you’re taking in the sights on the ground or observing London from one of the iconic pods, the London Eye offers a great spot to capture images of the River Thames, the London skyline, and beyond. Visit during the evening to capture the wheel lit up and make the most of the stunning reflections across the river. 

The view from The Shard

The Shard 

Nearest tube station: London Bridge

The Shard is a statement building of the London skyline, so creates a stunning photograph just by itself. However, for something truly unique, treat yourself to a ride to the top. At the summit of The Shard, you can enjoy luxurious bars and restaurants, along with breathtaking 360-degree views across London that offer sensational photograph opportunities, day or night. 

The view from Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Nearest tube station: Southwark

There are a countless number of great places to take photos in London, and you can find plenty of them in and around Tate Modern. Arrive early to snap an uninterrupted shot from the end of the Millennium Bridge towards St Paul’s Cathedral, then head inside Tate Modern itself to enjoy a veritable feast of art and photography. For more pictures for your own album, visit the observation deck at the top of Tate Modern, where you can enjoy beautiful views down the River Thames.

Colourful houses in Notting Hill

Portobello Road

Nearest tube station: Ladbroke Grove

Perhaps you’re looking for the best places to take Instagram photos in London? If so, a trip to Portobello Road in Notting Hill should definitely be on your agenda. The iconic pastel-painted houses on Portobello Road have made the area an Instagram hot-spot, and Notting Hill in general is ideal if you’re wanting to capture some colourful imagery for your feed or photo album. 

Neal’s Yard in London

Neal’s Yard

Nearest tube station: Covent Garden

If vibrant photo opportunities are what you’re looking for, you’ll find just that at Neal’s Yard. This tucked-away corner of Covent Garden is truly an explosion of colour, with a bohemian vibe that makes it ideal for intriguing photographs. The streets, painted buildings, windows and doors, combined with a generous helping of plants and greenery, make this secret area a photographer’s dream.

The entire surrounding Covent Garden area, with its famous market and bustling streets, are also great spots for taking photos. If you’re visiting the city and are looking to stay in this area, our Thistle Holborn hotel is perfectly situated right in the centre of the action. 

Camden High Street

Camden Town

Nearest tube station: Camden Town

Camden Town is a great area to visit and, if you’re looking to capture some unique street photography, this is definitely one of the best places to take photos in London. The high street contains an eclectic mix of tattoo parlours, vintage shops and boutiques, and its eye-catching shop fronts offer great picture opportunities. At the end of the high street, you can find Camden Market – a great spot to enjoy lunch, treat yourself to a touch of shopping, and capture additional photos of the various stalls.

Tower Bridge in London

Tower Bridge

Nearest tube station: London Bridge, Tower Hill

For a more traditional snapshot of London, Tower Bridge is a must. This stunning bridge has become an iconic symbol of London and, as a landmark in itself, is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the city. Stand on London Bridge for an uninterrupted, front-on photo of Tower Bridge down the river, or head to Tower Wharf or the Tower of London for a close-up shot. 

Great Places To Take Photos In London

These are some of the best attractions and areas to head to with your camera but you’ll also find great opportunities for photos as you explore the wider city. Keep an eye out for red phone boxes, underground signs, and the iconic red buses, which all offer classic London shots that are packed full of character.

If you’re visiting the city and are looking for a central place to stay, why not opt for one of our Thistle hotels? From Thistle Trafalgar Square to Thistle Bloomsbury Park, you can find the perfect base for your London adventure. Be sure to tag us in any shots you take during your trip – you can find us on Instagram @thistlehotels.