Unpack your wide-angle, dust off your tripod, and explore our 5 Best Landscape Photography Locations In London.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be in the wilds of Dorset to capture wonderful landscape photos. In fact, it’s possible to take some highly impressive landscape images in Europe’s biggest urban environment.
Here are our 5 favourite landscape photography locations in London:
1. Ebury Bridge Road
Near Victoria train station there is a bridge over the railway tracks called Ebury Bridge. It overlooks the an open swathe of land containing tracks heading south from the station, therefore opening up a view south towards Battersea Power Station. The leading lines of the tracks in the foreground make for strong London landscape photography because they pull you through the photo towards the power station. Visit at night so that you can capture light trails from the moving trains which add an extra dimension to your photo.
2. Bermondsey Beach
There is a beach on the banks of the Thames near Bermondsey, near a street called Bermondsey Wall East, which provides a vista west towards London. From this spot, you can capture the Shard, Tower Bridge and the City. A curved beach improves the photo because it provides foreground interest. The natural texture of the beach contrasts with the urban background, therefore adding further appeal to the shot.
3. North Bank Of The Thames, Opposite The London Eye
Once again the Thames opens up a wider view of for us, this time providing an opportunity to practice using filters in our London landscapes. You can capture this shot on the Albert Embankment, on the north bank of the Thames, directly opposite the London Eye. This is a long exposure, using a 10 stop ND filter, which takes the photo to the next level by showing movement in the Eye and in the clouds.
4. The Top Of The Barclays Building In Docklands (or any other skyscraper you can get access to.)
If you’re lucky enough to work in, or visit, one of the many lofty skyscrapers in London don’t forget to take your camera. These buildings often offer unique views that sometimes present breathtakingly beautiful scenery from their top floors. Some very lucky bankers have this view every day. This particular image was captured at dusk from the top of the Barclays building in Docklands. The Shard and the Skygarden are other options that are accessible to the public
5. The North End Of Chelsea Bridge
The sheer density of the urban environment in London presents challenges when shooting landscapes in London because all of those buildings conceal the sweeping panoramas favoured by landscape photographers. However, the bridges over the Thames open up views of the city that lend themselves to landscape photos. Our favourite is at the northern end of the Chelsea Bridge where you can capture this view of the iconic Battersea Power Station. The best time to be there is at dawn.
What do you think? Which are your favourite landscape photography locations in London?