London during the spring can be one of the most exciting times of the year to visit. As the flowers bloom, countless events take flight all across the city, making the most of the sudden explosion of colour sweeping the British capital. When visiting the Park Grand London Hyde Park, you’ll already be situated perfectly for some great London photos, and with Somerset House’s Photo London event on the 16th to the 19th of May, you’ll be ever more inspired to take some great shots by some of the worlds best stills photographers. With so much potential throughout the city for great photography, we thought we’d give you a low down of our favourite photo spots in London. Regardless of the season, these places make for some spectacular snaps, but will no doubt stick in the memory when they are accompanied by the springtime sunshine.
This small slice of London serenity is located near Covent Garden and is mostly made up of boutique coffee shops and bars. Whilst the interiors and cuisine of restaurants such as Bill’s are already instagrammable, it’s the yard itself which makes for a great sunny snap. With flowers and greenery blooming in the terraced shop windows and outside seating, you’ll see the city centre explode with colour and find that perfect shot for social media.
St Paul’s Cathedral
The cathedral’s interior is already spectacular, but when the light shines through the ancient windows of this revered and ancient church, St Paul’s will literally be seen in a new light. From the outside, St Paul’s glitters as the sun shines down on it, the radiant whites and jaw dropping dome being accentuated by the sprinkling of spring sun.
This historic garden is one of the best spots in Richmond Park for a photo. Swapping open fields and deer herds for a calm pocket of flowers, this boggy plantation is revered as a slice of paradise, shining bright in the busy and wind weathered nature reserve.
Tunnel of light in Kings Cross
The Tunnel of Light in Kings Cross slowly ebbs and flows as you walk through. Spring in London can mean showers, so take shelter in this hypnotic tube between St Pancras and Kings Cross stations.
Located close to the Park Grand Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park is full of life every day of the year. With the Serpentine Gallery’s art installations and the lake of the same name promising glittering lidos and beautiful swans, you’re never short of a great photo in Hyde Park. This is a great spot to spend time with that special someone, the park being located close to some of the most romantic hotels in London.
Portobello Road in Notting HIll overflows with market stalls on the weekend. These too hold potential for gaudy photos but it’s the houses themselves which promise something truly unique. The pastel coloured terraced houses of Portobello Road are some of the most iconic residencies in the city.
Columbia Road Flower Market
What better time to visit a flower market than in the spring? Columbia Road in East London holds a Sunday flower market every weekend morning and gives you the chance to bag a bargain for your own home. Like Portobello Road, the distinctive terraced houses are often overlooked for the low priced plant life on a weekend, so for a shot of the street itself, try a sunny evening in the week.
Based in Kensington, this patriotic pub is festooned with flowers all spring, and whether you’re planning to enjoy one of their mouthwatering ales or not, it’s well worth a photo from outside.