5 Great Spots To Practice Your Photography

So you've got your mitts on a camera and are looking for some spots to get some classic shots of London. Here are 5 of my favourite places to snap away to get you started: 

1. Battersea Park 

In Battersea Park, you're spoilt for choice with beautiful views of the river and interesting features to photograph like the Peace Pagoda, the sub-tropical garden and extensive fountains. The park also sits next to the Albert Bridge, almost certainly the most beautiful bridge in London - by day, it's a fantasia of pastel colours and ornate decoration, and by night it's lit up by thousands of brilliantly bright bulbs. It's also home to the famous sign instructing troops to break step when crossing or risk causing it to break due to the resonance.

2. Regent Street

Treat yourself to a stroll down the of the Mile of Style at nighttime and you'll get some stunning shots of the elegant curved lines of one of London's most famous streets. Every few seconds, iconic red busses and black cabs go past so you can play around with adding them to your pictures.

Start at Oxford Circus and end at Piccadilly Circus and look back, and you'll see the street and road curving together in a perfect golden 'S' shape.

3. Golden Jubilee Bridges 

Thanks to Her Majesty, you have two lovely foot bridges flanking the railway bridge that connects Charing Cross Station to South London which give you two stunning views of the river. One looks west across to Parliament and the London Eye and the other looks east across the Southbank Centre buildings, Waterloo Bridge and the City. They're accessible on the north bank from Charing Cross and Embankment Stations and from the south in front of Royal Festival Hall (there's a lift if you need it).

4. Marylebone High Street

Marylebone has a quintessential English village feel to it and the lively array of shops, cafes and frequent zebra crossings makes it a great place to take some classic black and white street photos. 

Start at the Baker Street end and stroll down the high street and down the pretty St. Christopher's Place to reach Oxford Street, or head the other way and combine with a stroll through Regent's Park. Queen Mary's Rose Garden is only a short walk into the park, and this provides a beautiful place to take photos when the myriad of roses are in bloom in summer. 

5. Tower Bridge

Walk across Tower Bridge at nighttime and another iconic view of the Thames will unfold before you looking up towards the Shard and the skyscrapers of the City. On the north bank you'll also be able to get photos of the Tower of London, and on the south bank, the rather snail-like City Hall, which admittedly looks amazing at night.

If you want a great shot of Tower Bridge itself, either head a bit further on the north bank and you'll be rewarded with a much quieter stretch of riverbank than in front of the Tower, or stand in front of City Hall on the south bank for another excellent shot.