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A Year of London

As a travel photographer, I spend most of my time trying to create beautiful images of different places around the world. At the start of 2013, I realized that I lived in one of the greatest cities in the world, but I never photograph it. With that in mind, I started a project, aiming to photograph a London site once a week. I hope to capture London as it is – the spectacular tourist sites, the neighbourhood secrets and the quirky gems. Every time I photograph a site, I will post about the experience and lay out what I did to get the photographs.

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I’m hoping to get access to locations that will give me a unique viewpoint of London, as well as permission to use my tripod for interiors like Saint Paul’s Cathedral. To get that sort of access requires me getting this project in front of the right eyes so any sharing will be massively helpful.

Click on any of the images below to open the post.

Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster Sunset

Palace of Westminster

Tower Bridge London Sunset

London Tower Bridge

St Pauls Cathedral - night view

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Battersea Powerstation at night

Battersea Power Station

Secret London, the Tooting Grenada Cinema

The Grenada Cinema

Kew Gardens Winter

Kew Gardens

Greenwich Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory

Royal Victoria Dock

Royal Victoria Dock

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Oxo Tower

Oxo Tower View

Two Temple Place

Two Temple Place

The Drapers Hall

The Drapers Hall

The Monument

The Monument

Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral

Holland Park

Holland Park

Holland Park

St Mary le Strand

Little Venice, London

Little Venice

Trafalgar Square, London

Trafalgar Square

Landmark Arts Centre, London

Landmark Arts Centre

St. Pancras Staion, London

St. Pancras Staion

The V&A Museum, London

The V&A Museum

The Isabella Plantation, London

The Isabella Plantation

Trinity Square Gardens, London

Trinity Square Gardens

Syon Park, London

Syon Park

Rutting Season, London

Rutting Season

Tower of London

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Enchanted Woodlands

17 Responses to “A Year of London”

  1. Johan Vorsterman van Oijen says:

    Great project. I love your pictures.

    I love London, its my 2nd hometown. I hope to get back soon. There’s so many to discover.

    Good luck with your project.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Johan, hopefully there will be many “discoveries” added here by the end of 2013.

  3. Really enjoyed what you’ve done so far and looking forward to what you’ll post over the coming weeks. I often feel like I neglect to photograph London – must try to get out more.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks Jerome. After just 3 weeks of doing the project my library of London images has at least doubled. So has my appreciation of the city. By the way, the photo in Cappadocia was from a balloon. Cheers.

  5. Paul says:

    Great idea! I lived in London for 3 years and miss it immensely. Looking forward to seeing your take on your home.

  6. Matthias says:

    I simply love it. You do a fantastic job. I especially like to read your advice on how to take the pictures (ISO, …) I am looking forward to many more pictures. Thanks a lot.

  7. admin says:

    Thanks Paul and Matthias

    Happy to see that this project appeals to people who love London as well as people who love photography.

  8. Kareece says:

    If you haven’t been yet, I highly recomend that you check out the House Mill in Bromley-By-Bow. It’s a tidal mill in Newham.


  9. admin says:

    Thanks very much for your suggestion Kareece – it looks interesting and wel worth exploring.

  10. Kareece says:

    The House Mill is run entirely by volunteers and its only open during the Spring and Summer months. Usually from March to mid October. There are some parts of the building that cannot be accessed without a guide, (health and safety). When you visit, make sure that you get the residant historian or one of the volunteers to take you around on a guided tour, then you’ll get to see the whole building, including the wheels.


  11. Joe Devanny says:

    Brilliant pictures of the Tooting Cinema which I remember going to I the early ’70’s

  12. David Styles says:

    Over the years I must have looked at hundreds of London blogs. A few are good but most are pretty prosaic to put it mildly. A Year of London has all the ingredients of a good blog: written from a personal perspective, informative (I liked the photography tips) and with a slightly obsessive passion for the subject.
    May I make a suggestion for a future post? Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with the early houses next door, the River Bus docking nearby and some great views across the Thames, apart from that clichéd shot of St. Paul’s looking across the wobbly bridge.

  13. admin says:

    Hi David, thanks for your comment and for the suggestion of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. I may have to pull some strings to get access to photograph, but it can be done.

    I briefly checked out your blog and it looks fascinating. I can see it is going to keep me busy for hours.

  14. maria helena staufacar says:

    London,London;we,brasilians,have a song with this name and his author,Caetano Veloso,was so inspired when made it!Only in 2009 I came there,and since this travel,I’m waiting come back!

  15. You have taken some startling photographs.

    You might enjoy looking at my websites, both of London.

    I am writing a series of pieces on the GRANADA THEATRE CIRCUIT and am currently writing about the GRANADA TOOTING.

    i would like to put you photograph:

    View on black

    in my story to illustrate a particular point. I will of course give you full credit for taking the photograph.

    Please contact me as soon as you are able.


    Charles (Jenkins)

  16. Michelle says:

    I have just got in to photography about 6 months a go and have even using your blog to inspire me as I snap the london landmarks. I really want to go up the Shard and get the view across London but have heard its difficult to take good quality pictures due to the glass reflection. Did you have this problem from the oxo tower? What equipment would you recommend using and any other advice?

  17. admin says:

    Hi Michelle

    The Oxo tower has no glass in front of the view point, so reflections are not a problem at all. You’re not very high in the Oxo Tower, which I prefer, as you still feel like you’re part of the city.

    The viewpoint is free and separate from the restaurant, so go up a few times and learn from each experience. My suggestion is to bring a standard zoom lens, in the range of 24-105mm.

    Hope that helps.