My Favorite London Photo Spots that Make London Unique

London is one of my favorite cities to visit and these are some of my favorite London photo spots that show off London’s unique personality.

my 25 favorite London photo spots

Last Updated on 04/18/24 by Rose Palmer

I have posted many individual photos of my London visits in my PhotoPOSTcard series. I thought I would put together photos from my favorite London photos spots that define some of the experiences that I think make London Unique (though it was hard to pare down the list to just 25).

These 25 photos are certainly not enough to showcase everything that London has to offer, but it is enough to show how colorful and charming and unique London can be.

My favorite London photo spots

If Van Goh had painted the London Skyline it might have looked something like this, looking across the Thames toward Big Ben and Parliament.

The sun sets over Big Ben and the houses of Parliament in London
The sun sets over Big Ben and the houses of Parliament in London

 

Big Ben and the distinctive “dolphin” lamp posts that line the south embankment of the Thames.

the dolphin lamp posts along the Thames
The dolphin lamp posts along the Thames

 

Walking along the Thames – views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and a wedding portrait photo shoot.

Wedding photo shoot on the Thames
Wedding photo shoot on the Thames

 

The centuries old St. Paul’s Dome is reflected in a new glass shopping mall across the street.

St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral times three

 

A view of St. Paul’s and the Millennium Bridge.

St. Paul's and the Millennium Bridge
St. Paul’s and the Millennium Bridge

 

The Changing of the Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace is a quintessential London sight.

The changing guards at Buckingham Palace
The changing guards at Buckingham Palace

 

Wearing a top hat, tails and a tie, David is the first person shoppers encounter as they enter Fortnum and Mason. His job-open the door with a smile so you don’t have to. This is my favorite spot for a traditional English afternoon tea.

Smilin and dapper doorman at Fortnum and Mason
Smilin and dapper doorman at Fortnum and Mason

 

Mews houses were former stables or carriage houses and are scattered throughout the city. I think there must be an unwritten law that all London’s mews streets have to be picturesque.

A typical Mews street
A typical Mews street

 

Blooming wisteria seem to cling effortlessly to the sides of buildings in a residential London street in the Notting Hill neighborhood.

Wisteria decorate a house in London
Wisteria decorate a house in London

 

The colorful buildings on Portobello Road.

Colorful houses on Portobello Road
Colorful houses on Portobello Road

 

And the colorful buildings in the Notting Hill neighborhood.

The colorful houses in Notting Hill
The colorful houses in Notting Hill

 

It seems like every corner has a flowery bedecked Pub or Public House.

Classic corner pub in London
Classic corner pub in London

 

Red is definitely a predominant color in London.

Seeing red in London
Seeing red in London

 

The Chihuly chandelier hangs in the entry atrium of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Entry to the museum is free so it is easy to pop in for a short time and check out a few exhibits.

Chihuly at the Victoria and Albert
Chihuly at the Victoria and Albert

 

The beautifully restored St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a pleasure to look at as well as stay at.

Staircase at the beautiful St. Pancraas Renaissance Hotel
Staircase at the beautiful St. Pancraas Renaissance Hotel

 

The stunning roof architecture of the concourse at King’s Cross train station.

Kings Cross Station ceiling
Kings Cross Station ceiling

 

Much photographed red phone boxes on Broad Court in the Covent Garden area.

Covent Garden red phone boxes
Covent Garden red phone boxes

 

The equally much photographed colorful Neal’s Yard, also in the Covent Garden area.

Colorful Neal's Yard
Colorful Neal’s Yard

 

London is known for its high quality theater scene, with many booking agencies that offer inexpensive last minute tickets. I had good luck purchasing with Encore Tickets.

Ads for London's theater scene
Ads for London’s theater scene

 

Each time I am in London, I try to see a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Despite its size, it still feels intimate, not to mention, also historic.

Royal Albert Hall
Inside Royal Albert Hall

 

The London skyline seems to be constantly changing with new buildings going up. A good way to see the city is with one of the tour boats that constantly go up and down the river.

Sunset over the Thames
Sunset over the Thames

 

The London Eye has become one of the iconic images for the city. It is especially photogenic at Christmastime.

Christmas tree and the London Eye
Christmas tree and the London Eye

 

The Tower Bridge seems to be full of traffic at all hours of the day and night.

Traffic on Tower Bridge
Traffic on Tower Bridge

 

I think the iconic Tower Bridge looks better when it is all lit up at night.

Tower Bridge at night
Tower Bridge at night

 

The view from the 32nd  floor Oblix restaurant and bar in the Shard is spectacular-especially once the sun has set. And the food is really good as well.

London view from the Oblix restaurant
London view from the Oblix restaurant

 

Each time I visit London, I discover more photogenic spots that are unique to this city.  I guess I’ll just have to add more photos after my next visit.

 

Other London stories:

Chihuly at Kew gardens:  A Date With A Chihuly Glass Exhibit at Kew Gardens

My day trip from London to Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor: A Day:  With Royals, Romans, and Ruins – Visiting Historic Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor

Touring the Harry Potter Studio: Finding the Magic – My Harry Potter Studio Tour Review

A luxury day trip on the British Pullman train: My Merry Christmas Train Trip – A Festive British Pullman Day Trip to the Winchester Christmas Market

Touring Hampton Court Palace: A Day Trip to Hampton Court Palace – A Taste of Henry VIII’s Tudor Court

My perfect day in London: Have Only One Day in London? Make It a Perfectly English Day!

 

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

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