One of my popular London walks, Westminster is a treasure trove for iconic backdrops.  Get onto Westminster Bridge and you’ll see the London Eye on the south of the river and Big Ben / Houses of Parliament to the north.  A few pictures there then we’ll make our way along the river where are red phone boxes galore, London’esque streets and if we’re fast enough, we might be able to catch a few fountain pictures at Trafalgar Square too.

Buckingham Palace

And carrying on from Trafalgar Square, you’ll see the majestic Admiralty Arch, an imposing neoclassical building which makes up for it’s lack of fame by being a wonderful background for a few classic portraits.  Walk through there and you’ll be greeted by a tree-lined boulevard that is ‘The Mall’, perfect in the summer with the lush green leaves and in the autumn when the area is brushed with orange and reds.  To the left is the delightful St James’s Park which the young kids love thanks to the ducks and geese.  A kilometre straight ahead you’ll see golden gates of Buckingham Palace.  I can’t promise any members of royalty will be home, but I can promise some stunning pictures for you to show your friends and family.

London photoshoot at St Paul's cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

This cathedral is majestic, it’s iconic dome remarkable and anyone with an inkling of London’s history will look at this backdrop and think ‘yep, that’s London’.  Don’t think it’s just about the cathedral though. The manicured gardens are surprisingly quiet and perfect for stealing a few moments during a romantic couple’s shoot, and the surrounding streets are quiet with a real feel for London’s history.

London photoshoot at Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Iconic is the best way to describe this historic landmark.  It isn’t just a bridge. For many, the image of it’s photogenic towers across the waters represents London.  It’s movies, postcards, postcards and tourist pictures. It isn’t just about the bridge though. The Tower of London is sure to impress history enthusiasts back home, whilst the bare brick chic of Shad Thames gives a backdrop for some modern, urban portraits.

London photoshoot at Tower Bridge

Maida Vale / Little Venice

One of my favourite locations.  The pretty rivers, barges and bridges make for a quieter, peaceful stroll than the more touristy parts of town.  Don’t worry about the lack of famous landmarks – those beautiful Victorian / Edwardian mansion apartments and cosy cobbled mews, along with the odd telephone box gives the area a very quintessentially old London feel.  Think ‘Notting Hill’ but without the hustle and bustle.