15 Great Photo Spots in London

If you’re visiting London, there’s so much to see (and do)! But where can you find great photo spots in London that will look amazing on Instagram and be a cool memory to look back on? I’ve chosen some unique places for you to visit so get your cameras ready! 

1. Parliament Hill

london skyline at parliament hill
View at Parliament Hill

For great views of the gorgeous London city at a distance, come down to Parliament Hill! Located in Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill reaches 98 meters high to offer a great view of the London skyline. This viewpoint is situated in a huge park so bring your picnic baskets, take some photos, and have some fun! Can you spot the Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Palace of Westminster?  

2. Buckingham Palace & The Changing of the Guard

changing of the guard
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Credit: Alexander C. Kafka

A visit to London absolutely requires a trip down to Buckingham Palace! It’s the Queen’s home and the center of many national celebrations. Add in the pomp of the changing of the guard, and you’ll get an amazing memory (and photo!) of this royal location. Just be sure to time your visit right! 

3. Millennium Bridge & St. Paul’s 

View of St. Paul's Dome from Millennium Bridge
View of St. Paul’s Dome from Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge is pedestrian-only so you don’t have to worry about any car trouble! Connecting St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Thames’ North Bank to Southwark’s Tate Modern and Globe Theatre, this bridge is one of many good photo spots in London to capture moments along the river and iconic landmarks. Did you know it is nicknamed “Wobbly Bridge” since it swayed on opening day? (Don’t worry it’s fixed!) 

While you’re there, stop inside St. Paul’s Cathedral. The interior is absolutely gorgeous and holds over 1400 years of history! You’ll get to wander down into the crypt to see tombs and memorials or walk under the iconic dome and observe its decorative art. The photo possibilities are endless! 

4. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge & Girl with a Dolphin Statue

Another iconic photo spot in London goes to Tower Bridge, a famous London landmark. Built over 125 years ago, this bridge is worth seeing (its moveable roadways are still in action). For great photos, go early in the morning. I suggest taking photos as you walk along the bridge. Also, stop by the Girl with a Dolphin Fountain for a good angle! You can even go inside! From the high-level West Walkway, there’s an opportunity for panoramic photos, venturing upon a Glass Floor, and exploring the Victorian Engine Rooms. 

Near Tower Bridge, is the Tower of London, a royal fortress (the crown jewels live here too)! It holds a gruesome (yet interesting) history of death and torture (Henry VIII executed a few wives here) so you’ll want to snap a photo!  

5. Sky Gardens

The Sky Gardens!

For another panoramic London photo spot, head down to Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie Building. Open to the public, this location contains a beautiful garden and a great 360-degree bird’s-eye city view with its flood-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a bar for you to enjoy. Remember to book in advance, you won’t be disappointed! 

6. Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard

Like colours? If yes, Neal’s Yard is a perfect place for you! Located near Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a secret little nook with plenty of colourful buildings for you to pose with! We also have a street treasure hunt featuring Neal’s Yard! Did you know comedy troupe Monty Python lived here!? Our Bloomsbury hunt will tell you all about it!  

7. Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, Credit: Diliff, CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Trafalgar Square, London’s main public square! There are monuments to pose next to (lion’s anyone?), cool fountains, and the wonderful Nelson’s column centerpiece. Can you find Britian’s smallest police station too? 

Hey, while we’re talking about pictures, stop by the National Gallery for some famous art (or read our blog)! 

8. British Museum

A Peak Inside the British Museum!

With its Greek-inspired architecture, the British Museum’s massive exterior makes for a great photo backdrop! Likewise, the bright modern interior will stun viewers too! As a museum, you’ll have plenty of chances to pose next to ancient statues (get silly!). A fun treasure hunt with THATMuse will be the cherry on top of a great experience! 

9. Leicester Square

Flying Away with the Harry Potter Statue in Leicester Square!

If you like cool statues, stop by Leicester Square! You’ll find statues of iconic movie characters. Can you find Paddington Bear, Harry Potter, Bugs Bunny, and Mary Poppins? If so, take a photo posing with your favorite characters! What other statues can you find?  

Hey, did you know we have a street treasure hunt where you can learn (and explore) more about Leicester Square? While you are at it, check out our blog post for more things to do in Leicester Square! 

10. Primrose Hill

Seeing London from Primrose Hill

Regent’s Park is home to an amazing Open-Air Theatre, rose garden, zoo, and sport areas. But, one photo-ready location is the park’s Primrose Hill. If you make your way to the top, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic city view!  

Side note: another London city view can be found in Richmond Park on Henry VIII’s Mound. 

11. London Eye

The London Eye

For a fun ride and a great view, visit the London Eye! This rotating observation wheel is a great place to spot London landmarks. Can you find Big Ben? Remember to book ahead so you can add this experience to your photo spots in London album! 

12. Westminster

The View of Westminster from South Bank

Explore the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben for amazing (and iconic) photos. For a full view, go to South Bank across Westminster Bridge and snap away!  

13. Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, London, UK

For more cool architecture, you’ll need to visit the Natural History Museum. The interior and exterior are simply stunning! Then there’s the seemingly endless displays of dinosaurs, mammals, volcanoes, and much much more!  

You know we have a treasure hunt there too, right!? 

Fun during a Natural History Museum Hunt!

14. Queen’s House

The Tulip Stairs at Queens House

The Queen’s House in Greenwich is an elegant location! I’d recommend visiting the Tulip Stairs…they spiral upwards creating for a cool picture effect. Then there’s the awesome royal history and art! What other interesting picture-worthy nooks can you find? 

15. Kew Gardens

Find hidden views like this at Kew Gardens!

For another must-see London Garden, I direct you towards Kew Gardens! There’s plenty of exotic plants, peaceful Japanese landscapes, a tree-top walkway, and a royal palace. Get your cameras ready! 

Do you know any more awesome photo spots in London? Let us know and I’ll add to the list! Once you’ve taken your pictures, share them with us by tagging #thatmuse!  

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