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The Ten Best Photo Shoot Locations in London

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The go-to guide for photographers looking to shoot in London

Have you got an upcoming photoshoot in London? As a photographer, stylist or art director it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed with all the incredible photoshoot locations on offer. As London is one of the most iconic cities in the world, it’s filled with historical architecture, vast parkland as well as hidden rooftops and alleyways with an urban edge. 1st Option is making your life a little easier by compiling a helpful list of some of the best locations for a photoshoot in the capital. Alternatively, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, renting out a location home, studio or commercial space is a great option. They guarantee privacy, flexibility, they look fantastic and offer all the facilities you could need. Read on to discover the best photoshoot locations in London, including parks, neighbourhoods, historic buildings and location homes recommended by top photographers, bloggers and London location managers. 

1. St Thomas Hospital Garden 

If your brief requires you to get a jaw-dropping shot of the London landmarks, what better place to start than by photographing Big Ben. However, it’s not always easy to get that perfect shot when you’re in a city of millions. Avoid the crowds of tourists along the South Bank, recommends photography blog, KYMA, by heading to the gardens at St Thomas Hospital. The grounds are directly opposite Big Ben and provide a clear view straight across the river to the Houses of Parliament, guaranteeing a perfect shot. Because hospital patients and staff often use the gardens, this outside space tends to be super quiet. 

Of course, for professional photoshoots, you’ll need to secure a permit. Contact Email press@gstt.nhs.uk for more information.

Views of the Southbank and The City from office space location Coin

2. Location House, 6ixteen

Say hello to one of the industry’s most popular and well-known location homes. Situated in South London, 6ixteen is a large double-fronted Victorian property that’s just a short five-minute walk from Beckenham Junction. Texture is at the heart of 6ixteen, so expect to see it everywhere. From distressed shutters in the dining area to a beautiful contrast between fresh white wooden panelled walls and exposed brickwork in the sitting room, you won’t fall short of unique backdrops for your shoot. Decorated in a palette of deep greys, book-lined walls and offset with luxurious oak furniture, 6ixteen has hosted shoots for some of the industry’s top stars and brands, from Davina McCall to Pippa Middleton and The Body Shop.

The bright and characterful kitchen at location home 6ixteen

3. Richmond Park

If you’re looking for somewhere with plenty of green and a hint of magic, Richmond Park is undoubtedly your best bet, suggests wedding photographers, Green Antler. Situated in South West London, Richmond Park is notorious for its majestic deer and stags left to roam around the parkland and forests. After shooting multiple engagement sessions in the park, Sam and Diana of Green Antler discovered that the green space is gorgeous for photographing at any time of the year. Whether that be during the lush summertime, hazy winter mornings, or at the golden hour on a burnt-orange autumn afternoon. 

For photography permits, contact film@royalparks.org.uk.

The golden hour envelopes Richmond Park

4. Location House, Marmora Road 

Marmora Road is a shoot location available to hire for stills in East Dulwich. This beautiful house is a Victorian family home boasting a cheerful and charming interior, making it the perfect backdrop for a whole variety of photo shoots. The large sash and bay windows throughout the property flood the rooms with natural light, making it a perfect space for natural shots.

The tranquil lounge space at location home Marmora Road

5. Leadenhall Market 

One for the Harry Potter fans, Leadenhall Market, was used as a location for filming The Philosopher’s Stone. Being one of the oldest markets in London, it’s jam-packed with stunning architecture and features. You’ll be able to find this 14th-century gem nestled amongst the skyscrapers of the financial district, where business people and market-goers rub unlikely shoulders. If you head there before the mad rush of city workers and market-stall owners, you’ll be able to bag yourself some rather amazing shots. 

For all photography enquiries, email kate@primera-corp.co.uk.

The splendid Leadenhall Market

6. Location House, Parker

If your photo shoot requires an ample, contemporary kitchen space, then take a look at Parker. Located in South London, Parker has a jaw-dropping open plan kitchen, designed to the highest specifications, opening up onto the property’s manicured garden through bi-folding doors. Parker is the perfect shoot location for cookery, lifestyle and editorial shoots. 

The open space kitchen at location home Parker

7. Shoreditch street art

Are you after a shoot location that has a cool, urban edge? Look no further than the graffitied streets of East London. In particular, head over to the neighbourhood of Shoreditch, where you’ll find the best street art in all of London. Ranging from murals, mosaics to some original Banksy street art of Rivington Street reveals Travelling Dany. But you’ll have to be quick. If you see some street art, it’s best to snap it ASAP, as there’s a good chance it’ll be replaced by something new fairly soon. If you fancy a mid-shoot snack, make sure to check out Brick Lane’s infamous bagels or number of super cool restaurants.

For professional photography shoots, you’ll need to email a member of Hackney Council. Contact rebecca.staffolani@hackney.gov.uk for more information 

A great example of some striking Shoreditch Street Art

8. Location House, Nash

Located in the super-cool Dalston, Nash is one of the trendiest and in-demand location homes on the block. Its interior is contemporary, forward-thinking and reminiscent of Scandinavian interior vibes, with a neutral palette and understated, yet stylish, decoration. A-listers, significant brands, photographers, stylists and creative agencies can’t get enough of this location home, and with good reason. 

The uber-cool location home, Nash

9. Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is the place to shoot if you want mesmerising panoramic views of the London skyline. Avoid overcrowded Regent’s Park by heading 5 minutes north, and you’ll find yourself in Primrose Hill. Considerably quieter than Regents Park, make the short (but steep) climb to the top of the Hill to be greeted by breath-taking views of the city. Head here any time of the day during the week for a peaceful, gorgeous photoshoot location. 

For photography permits, contact film@royalparks.org.uk.

Unrivalled views of London from Primrose Hill

10. Location House, Carlton House.

There’s no doubt about it, Carlton House is a photographer’s dream. Specially designed with photoshoots in mind, this shoot location based in Ealing Broadway boasts vast, open spaces that have been thoughtfully furnished. Rooms include a large kitchen/diner and an exceptionally spacious sitting room with parquet flooring and cornicing. The likes of Make-up queen, Charlotte Tilbury amongst many other famous faces have chosen to shoot at Carlton House. 

The living room at Carlton House