London is one of the world’s most iconic and photographed cities. As a centre for fashion, culture and trade, it attracts a huge number of visitors every year (including London stag groups), most of whom return home with endless photos of Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. But what of the more unusual photography hotspots? If you’re in the city and armed with a camera, here are five of London’s less well-known – but most exciting – places to photograph…
Battersea Power Station
The disused power station at Battersea is one of the most remarkable buildings in the England. Although it’s been nearly thirty years since Battersea generated any electricity, its distinctive chimney stacks have kept it firmly in the public consciousness. Famous for being featured in both The Beatles’ movie “Help!” and on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album “Animals”, Battersea Power Station remains an enduring image of London.
The City (financial district)
Architecturally-speaking, London’s financial district may be one of the most interesting parts of this ancient metropolis. The City, with its unique combination of old and new – the towering skyscrapers of big business standing high above old London’s quirky, cobbled streets – provides the budding photographer with endless opportunities for striking visual contrast.
You definitely won’t find this place in any of the tour guides, but for snappers seeking locations with attitude, it’s an absolute must. Found underneath the platforms and tracks of Waterloo Station, Leake Street is famous for being entirely covered in brightly-coloured graffiti (initially created during Banksy’s “Cans Festival” in May 2008) and is a stunning sight to behold. It’s a little off the beaten track though, so stick to daylight hours!
London’s newest and boldest skyscraper, The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union. Seen here in pride of place alongside Tower Bridge, it comprises 95 storeys of an irregular pyramidal shape and is clad entirely in glass. Unusual, unforgiving and quirkily British, the Shard’s reflective surface and powerful angles make it a surefire winner for your photo album.
King’s Cross Station
King’s Cross recently underwent a £500 million refurbishment, and the spectacular results are another shining example of London’s ability to celebrate modern architecture alongside the classic. The glorious arched ceiling looks incredible through a camera lens, sensitively lit and contrasting wonderfully with the exposed brickwork behind. Plus, once you’re here, you can hop on a train to pretty much anywhere in the North Of England (…don’t forget your camera!).