London street photography locations

by Alessia

London is an amazing street art scenario, that’s why we are talking about London Street photography locations. Shoreditch is absolutely one of the best photo spots for street art in London.
Just walking around the punk and old school part of London, pointed at the east of the city, that you will find amazing narrow streets with great pieces of art. London is one of the best places where the famous artist Bansky disposed his art to the mass.

Our post about London street photography location is not just devoted to Graffiti art, it is a proper way to find the best places where take amazing shots. If you are looking for more charming prettiest streets in London, we will give you a proper itinerary as well.

Shoreditch and Brick Lane - nomadic community garden

London is one of the best city where you can take some amazing pictures. There are planty locations where you can find the best spot.

Shoreditch, for example, is one of the best London street photography locations. It is surranded by the best street art, graffiti and vintage markets and fashion shops.

We had the amazing opportunity to work with Three UK, going around the city and learn new tips with the new iPhone XS.

Which is the best place to do it? Of course, Shoreditch and Brick Lane. 

Best places for street photography beginners in London

  1. Shoredich

  2. Brick Lane

  3. Old Spitalfield Market

  4. Brixton

  5. Camden Town

  6. Oxford Street

  7. Notting Hill and Portobello Road

  8. China Town

  9. Soho and Piccadilly

  10. South Bank – The riverside photography

Where to find the best photography locations in London

If you are looking for the best street photography chances, here in London you will find many places ready to be snapped. This list of locations will be helpful for beginner or professional. I have been living in London for nearly 5 years now, in and out of the country many times, and never thought that the streets are less inspiring than other places, like Asia or New York. I have heard many times people saying that “the best street photographers find great moments in the most ordinary places”. Nothing is more true.

I have seen many ordinary photos, even simple composition that tell you a great story behind. Snap the perfect shot is never too easy. Think about to walk through China Town in London, many people around you, some steering at you, and you snap the perfect shot. It is great for you and for somebody at the gallery watching your journey.

Find the perfect location is never too easy. It is happened that more than one time I have been still in a place for an hour, before catching what I was looking for. The curiosity is something that you have always to take with you in the bag. It will be the best tool for you.

Shoreditch – Photography ideas London

Shoreditch is for sure in the list of the best London street photography location

It’s one of the more colourful areas of the city. Shoreditch aside from Brick Lane is perfect for street photography.
The graffiti and street art of East London provides the perfect backdrop for great London street photography. I personally discovered better this area thanks to Kellee, working with Three Uk.
Usually, when we are doing a session of street photography we use both phone and reflex. The50mm is the best for street photography.”   
While Alessia is shooting with the phone, Toti is in some corner find the best angle, cutting the light!

Out of all the different activities to do and things to see in Shoreditch, checking out its street art is on the top list.
There’s a ton of galleries and museums like the Brick Lane Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery, but the crème de la crème of London’s art scene is along Brick Lane, Club Row, Fashion Street and Bacon Street.

Shoreditch and Brick Lane - shot in the art

Brick Lane – London street photography locations

Brick Lane remains a place where you’ll find a lot of characters and people generally a little bit more open to the idea of being photographed by a stranger. This part of London is really vibrant and multicultural, colourful streets where you can meet independent artisans sellers, or walking through the stand in a casual Sunday morning, all surrounded by nice spices smells from all over the World.

During this amazing walking tour with Kellee, I had the opportunity to meet Rob. He is a really good photographer which he showed us some tricks about the new iPhone XS.

I was so happy because for the first time I was so proud of my pictures.
I will share with you one of the tricks Rob teach me. If you want to take a picture from the street you can just turn around your phone.
Yes, you understand well, you can just flip your phone in the upside-down, later you can mastery your photo and at voilà, you have got an amazing photo from the street! It works!

Brick Lane and Shoreditch – The cobblestone streets

Self-guided walking tours London

If you love to be around and take some pictures you are, for sure, in the right place. Here in London, you have plenty of locations where your imagination can start to work.
This is our itinerary which we highly recommend if you plan your visit to London, or if you are already here and want to enjoy a different way to visit the city.

Start your tour guide from old Street Station going towards Shoreditch, where after just 5 minutes you will stop and start to take pictures because you will be surrounded by amazing graffiti. 

Shoreditch and Brick Lane - star wars in brick lane

Our personal idea is to get lost in the middle of the city and exploring everything by yourself.
To be honest, every time we booked a free walking tour we never showed up, as we always preferred to see the city with our eyes.
Of course, there are some exceptions as the one we did in Rome with Livitalytours, which it was different as the guy who we were with was showing us the city in a different way.

However, if you want still to book a free walking tour, online there are plenty, you just need to pick up the one that you like more, as all of them are offering a different type of places.
For sure, you can’t miss visiting the Old Spitalfields Market and the Boiler House which are typical of Shoreditch and Brick-lane and remember this need to be in your top ten London photography locations. 

Shoreditch and Brick Lane -old spitalfield market

Visit Old Spitalfields Market.

London has some fantastic markets, many of which began operating hundreds of years ago. Old Spitalfields Market is not an exception. It completely rebuilds, but is worth to go!
There has been a market running on the same grounds as Old Spitalfields Market since the 17th Century. Back in the Victorian Era, most of the stalls sold fresh products.

The modern-day market is now hosting to multicultural food stalls and independent artisans selling jewellery, books, and clothes. A mix of history and unique stalls makes it one of the best things to do in Shoreditch.

Shoreditch and Brick Lane - Old spitalfield market stands weekend

The Old Spitalfields Market and the Old Brick Lane Market are not to be missed by any first-time visitor to Shoreditch. They’re also the Sunday UpMarket and the Columbia Road Flower Market that is a must-see in London as well.

Shoreditch and Brick Lane - the city of london on the top of brick lane

Lunch at “The Boiler House” – London street photography locations

After walking for long, you need to stop by and eat something. The Boiler House is the perfect place to do it and to take some nice picture as well.
This it will be your last stop before going back to your meeting point. This old boiler room is now used as a place for events. On Sundays, there is a huge and tasty food market.

You will find a lot of stands with all different type of food. All the World is here, you will find Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Lebanese, Indian, Vegan and more dishes. You will have the opportunity to try a different kind of food. Take the phone out of your pocket and start to shot.

Brixton

The southern borough of Brixton is well known for its street photography scene. The Caribbean community has forged this part of London giving a folklorist atmosphere. Once you step out of the carriage at tube station of Brixton you will feel the vibes of this corner of London. Recently Brixton has seen many places comes up, like the Brixton Village Market with restaurants and interesting galleries. The Brixton Accademy offers every month amazing live concerts and evens. Brixton is an area within the Zone One of the tube map to be so different compared to other areas of the same fare zone. The character of the area, mix of Carribean cultures and European influences are the perfect spot where improve your skills. The photography in Brixton will step up to the next level.

Camden

The most alternative area of London, Camden, is the ideal for your street photography journey around London. Goths and Punks dressed people, walking along the streets of one of the old freely borough of London. Located in the norther area, Camden is preserving is punk style, alternative and unique.

In this area you will find many Tatoos shops, piercings and air places. The unique people you can find here will be happy to be snapped by you. For many, and me as well this area is not boring at all, even if has been changed the atmosphere in the years. Completely different than when I first came in London. This area is wide and huge, so I advice you to avoid to still in one place, instead walk around.

Oxford Street photography

Bond street and oxford street London - The best of London

Where I find many people, I get the best opportunities to photograph the best storytelling composition. It is happened many time that I have shoot in Oxford Street in different situation, just standing at one corner, or walking through the crowd of a boxing day. The popular street of London is visited every day by many people looking for last deal in the many shops.

This street is the ideal to find photographic action, that could be just photos of people taking the tube, going up and down the stairs, or the million of foots walking through the street.

This will be the perfect field to improve your photography abilities. It is fine if on the first shots you will get blurry photos, or non focused one. Oxford Street offers many opportunities but is not easy at all. This photography location in London is the ideal even for night photography. Thanks to the lights of the shops, cars and buses make it extraordinary for long exposure.

Notting Hill and Portobello Road

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This is just one of the many shots that you can catch at Notting Hill – Portobello – Italian Trip Abroad

The coloured and multi ethnic Notting Hill is the perfect scenario to improve your photography abilities. The borough of the popular Saturday Market with the pastel coloured houses that has inspired the popular movie from the 1999, Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

Talking about photography, the multicolored houses, pretty shops and cutest cafes are the perfect area where snap a few photos of London. It is popular among tourists, and you will snap the wander inside the eyes of those people visiting that place for the first time. On Saturday the streets are completely close to the traffic, so you can walk free and get people buying from the street side stands.

Walking through the typical British houses, you will find many people, taking photos on the prettiest front doors. This area of London is in our list of pretty streets to visit in the Capital.

China Town photography scene

China Town is probably the best street photography scene of the whole city. The Oriental Borough of London, close to Leicester Square, touristic epicentre of the city, is the ideal for who is looking for some inspirational street. China Town is full of light, quirky shops, amazing scenes ready to be snapped. The nearby Soho Area will let you stay long around with your camera. It is my favourite area of London for street photography and I could stand on the corner of those streets for hours, just snapping everything catching my eyes. It is nice to visit China Town during the Chinese New Year’s Eve for a scratch of multicultural ethnicity of London.

Soho and Piccadilly

Old Compton Street is maybe the street to point your GPS. Soho its a huge area between China Town, Piccadilly circus, Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.  Because it is a street maze, you will easily spend hours without think about it. Soho is another place on the list of my favourite spots in London for photographer. I just love to get lost in the narrow streets with amazing little shops and independent cafes. Just a few miles away there is Covent Garden, one of the best place where snap street artists in performances.

South Bank – The riverside photography

Londo street photography locations - South Bank

On Sunday morning, especially during spring and summer you will find me snapping everywhere in South bank. The riverside of London has always been a fascinating place for me, location for inspiration especially in the weekend when the families are out exploring the city.

It is true that South Bank could sound popular, but is also true that when you are beginner or just looking for something easy to snap, you will find in popular places the best option where to go. The River Thames on the weekend will offer you the chance to shot families while going to the Globe Theatre, or entering in the London Bridge Market, the Borough Market. The famous Tate Modern museum is on the South Bank area and is a good spot where to start your central London journey in street photography. I found this place amazing even late in the evening.

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30 comments

Shreya Saha October 31, 2018 - 12:05 am

Wow this is a very cool list of streets in London for street photography. Brick lane and Shoreditch both are so awesome. I will spend a day getting the right photos out there.

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Bimba Italiantripabroad.com October 31, 2018 - 3:48 pm

You should. You would be impressed by this amazing street art. 🙂

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Philippine Travel Blogger Geemiz October 31, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Thank you for compiling this list. Looks like we will not miss every corner of London now.

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Bimba Italiantripabroad.com October 31, 2018 - 8:38 pm

You won’t. Those are the best places in London which everyone should visit.

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Matija October 31, 2018 - 6:21 pm

This is gonna come in handy when I visit London, I am always looking for places to take pictures off, and all of these places seem beautiful, might just tell my friends about a few of them since they are coming to visit London during the begging of next year.

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theaveragetourist October 31, 2018 - 11:16 pm

I wish I had known about all of these great streets when I was in London last year! I suppose that means I’ll have to go back so I can try to take some photos in these beautiful locations.

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Medha November 1, 2018 - 4:24 am

Oh I did not know that there is a whole street with such great street art in London! I went to London more than a decade ago and of course, a lot of things would’ve changed since then. The street art you’ve captured is so creative and lovely, I’d love to get pictures of it too! I wish they didn’t ban street art in Dubai (where I live), it makes streets so much more beautiful!

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Soumya Gayatri November 1, 2018 - 5:15 am

I had no idea London had so much street art. Been there a few times but never noticed any! And of course, the streets are artsy themselves. Next time I go there, I will make it a point to notice. Thanks for this amazing post.

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Amrita Sen November 2, 2018 - 5:25 am

London is such an interesting place, though I had no idea that it has such great street art. These all look great. I am sure you had a fun time taking pictures. Brick Lane is really vibrant. I am really fond of taking photographs of markets. They come out to be amazing!

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Alexander Popkov November 2, 2018 - 11:13 pm

Yaaay! I love street photography. But those are mostly locations provide lovely street art… which, isn’t street photography, by its classic definition. But, lovely places anyway 🙂

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Sydney | A World in Reach November 3, 2018 - 5:42 pm

I saw a few of these on my trip to London! The city is full of amazing street art – next time I visit I want to take the time to appreciate it more.

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Elizabeth November 3, 2018 - 10:04 pm

This is fantastic. I have a growing interest in street art and I love collecting posts on places with great street art to put on my bucket list!

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kasia November 4, 2018 - 2:25 am

This is very timely as I’m going to London soon! I’m hoping to hit some of these spots. Thank you for the tips!

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Bimba Italiantripabroad.com November 4, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Happy to help! Hope you enjoy your time in London.

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Alex Trembath November 4, 2018 - 8:45 am

This is so cool, I live close to these areas of London and I’m taking a photography course next month. Helps motivate me to get out and about, and practice! Great photos too 🙂

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Navita November 4, 2018 - 2:08 pm

Street art always fascinates me and street photography can get so creative. Have been to London twice and loved seeing the pictures here. Got a new view of the London streets and feel inspired to make another trip to visit these amazing spots of London. Sharing these places with my sister as she would get these in 10 days time,

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Kemi November 4, 2018 - 8:23 pm

These fancy street art projects were not present when I lived in England and visited London often and I guess this is my cue to visit and re-live my childhood. I guess the East End is now Brooklyn in terms of revitalization.

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Amy Dodd November 5, 2018 - 10:51 am

Wow amazing pictures! such beautiful artwork as well. I love exploring the streets and finding unique places for photos or artwork! Such an inexpensive way to travel. I am saving this for my next trip to London!

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Ketki November 5, 2018 - 6:00 pm

I had not heard of such a street before so this is a great find already. I asked my husband who lived in London couple f years ago and even he is not aware if it. I am big sucker for street art and love visiting such places wen in a new city 🙂

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Alexander Rivera November 6, 2018 - 12:36 am

Haven’t been to London yet but this guide will come in handy. I love to see the street art in different cities. Thanks for sharing ?

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Becca Talbot November 9, 2018 - 6:26 pm

I am a massive street art fan, so love exploring Shoreditch and the Brick Lane area. Some of my favourite artists have pieces there, including Roa and Shok. And there are some super cool murals by Pez ? x

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Frances November 7, 2019 - 5:18 am

Beautiful location choices, love the street colours of London. Definitely added Shoreditch on my list, thanks for sharing! I’m with Explorest and we built an app that helps people discover 125 beautiful photo locations in UK, and I think you’d enjoy it! We include the exact GPS coordinates & tips by the state’s best photographers. We also have locations in New York, California, Michigan, across Asia and will be debuting in Germany soon. If you have a moment, check it out!

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