By Koray Hussein
Finding the right area for a spot of street photography is obviously vital. You don’t want to rock up to an area and find an empty street with dull and lifeless buildings either side of it. No, you want places that are full of character and have some interesting people roaming around. You want one of London’s five best spots for street photography.
You could do a lot worse than Camden Town when looking for an area to explore with a camera in one hand and an Oyster card in the other. It has bundles of character, amazing street art and sooo many interesting people wandering the streets that it’s practically impossible to take a bad picture. In all honesty, whenever I’m thinking of grabbing a few shots for our Instagram account, Camden is almost always at the top of the list of places to visit.
View our Camden Town photo walk here.
Tower Bridge, the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge (with a great view of St Paul’s Cathedral), Borough Market (pictured), the London Eye… Do I need to carry on? I do? Okay, More London, Westminster Bridge, The Bloody Shard. London’s world famous South Bank should be on a top five list of best street photography spots in the world. There’s just so many things to capture and I haven’t even mentioned the large amount of people and performers you will see (and be able to snap) whilst walking along the Thames.
View our South Bank photo walk here.
There’s something very unique about London’s Notting Hill. It’s clearly quite an affluent area but it manages to avoid the garish purple suede Bentleys that roam around the Knightsbridge area and instead provides London with one of it’s great markets in Portobello Road Market and one hell of a carnival, both of which are absolutely perfect for your inner shutterbug.
If you’re not really into markets and don’t care for the annual Notting Hill carnival, then there’s also the areas many gorgeous mews and brightly coloured houses. It’s an astonishingly photogenic area.
View our Notting Hill photo walk here.
The Barbican estate has so many framing opportunities that it borders on being absurd. It may seem like an odd entry if you’re not familiar with The Barbican but ask anybody who has ventured into the estate and the surrounding areas and I’m almost certain they will agree with me. It’s a cold and harsh area but there’s no better place in London (at least in my opinion) to shoot when the sun is high and the light is harsh.
Plus it doesn’t hurt that you can walk down the road to Timberyard, whip out your laptop and get editing straight away.
View our Barbican photo walk here.
It may be one (relatively short) street but the roads and alleyways that branch off into the rest of Shoreditch are what makes Brick Lane what it is. Much like the Leake Street tunnel (and Camden to a certain extent) the street art is always evolving and keeps the area feeling… for lack of a better word, fresh (Brick Lane is anything but fresh).
It doesn’t hurt that the entire street is ram packed with some of London’s best vintage clothing stores, artisan coffee shops and, yes the Cereal Killer Cafe.
View our Brick Lane photo walk here.
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