I am often asked: “where should I take photos in London?” Of course the evergreen handsome red brick buildings and grey stone architecture will always go down well but for during the spring and summer months, it’s all about lusting after the weather that the UK just doesn’t have and everything associated with it. So think floral, from the old school favourites like wisteria and cherry blossoms. Even the numerous faux flower facades (of which I’ve popped recommendations below for you) are in demand. And here’s another tip, even if you think that some places are just a little bit overdone, don’t be shy about photographing the tried and tested neighbourhoods like Mayfair and Notting Hill, they will always be classics. Want to hear more? Read on for the best places to shoot in London for fashion bloggers.
Ebury Street is full of faux blooms and L’Essensuals is the newest ‘It’ store for Instagrammers. Get your snap before it’s as overdone as its neighbour Peggy Porschen. Following suite are various boutiques decking out their doorways in the most “groundbreaking” Spring look – florals. If all the girly overdose isn’t quite for you, Sloane Square boasts impressive red brick townhouses and beautiful grey stone architecture.
Nearest station: Sloane Square
The world famous department store established in the late 19th century is an icon of London. And surprisingly, not as intimidating to take photos of as some of the more public and touristy places on this list. Just a stone’s throw away is the latest Instagram eatery, Elan Cafe which is worth a visit if you don’t mind the queue and South Kensington with the gothic National History Museum and the grand Victoria and Albert Museum.
Nearest station: Knightsbridge
Westbourne Grove’s flower stand by Wild At Heart
The Notting Hill neighbourhood is arguably one of the hottest spots for Instagrammers in the summer, where cherry blossoms come out amid multi-coloured pastel houses, and crowds flock to one of the many health food cafes. The price to pay for a picture outside one of the prettiest florists in the city is being glared at by the staff inside but it’s kind of worth it, this is one photogenic display that rivals Liberty’s floral presentation.
Nearest station: Notting Hill
As soon as warmer weather hits, everyone flocks to the parks in search of cherry blossoms. Get your fix at Regent’s Park, which also has beautiful gardens and cute neighbourhoods like Primrose Hill and Marylebone to explore afterwards.
Nearest station: Great Portland Street/ Regent’s Park
Parallel to Regent’s Street is a quieter stretch with significantly less human traffic and even more red buses to capture. Make a pit stop at Fortnum and Mason’s for their adorable tearoom and a photo of their lavish staircase.
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Another staple location, the facade of this hotel is unparalleled in beauty, from its distinct colour that can be spotted as soon as you leave the nearby station, to the wonderful curved shape. If you get the chance, try The Booking Office, a moody, gilded and upmarket watering hole that conjures up Victorian-inspired cocktails.
Nearest station: King’s Cross
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