London is a photographer's dream city. There are so many terrific places to photograph outside, but London offers some of the world's very best museums, that happen to be very photogenic and free to visit! If you love history and art or just want to photograph great architecture, take time to explore these 3 museums listed below in your next trip to London.
1. Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is located in South Kensington and is one of my favorite museums in the world to photograph. Up the stairs on the second level is the best place to capture photographs of the entire museum and the light streaming in from the windows above.
2. British Museum
The British Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. If you are a lover of taking black and white photos, this museum is for you! I found the best area to capture photos of this museum is on the second level, in which there is a small window that overlooks the entire museum. Get there early, as this museum fills up fast!
3. Tate Modern
The Tate Modern is a contemporary art museum located in Bankside . The museum is very unique and another great museum to photograph in black and white. The museum only allows photography in the lobby areas and not in the galleries. Also, there are great opportunities to capture photos of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Thames River on the upper levels of the museum.
Where I stayed: Conrad London-St. James. This hotel is located in a terrific location,walking distance to all major sightseeing attractions including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Parliament, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. The hotel is conveniently situated right across the street from the St. James's Place Underground stop.
Getting around: I recommend getting a day pass for the London Underground. Depending on what zone you will be traveling in, it costs around 9 GBP for the day pass. The city is also very walker friendly, so another option.
What to see: London boasts a lot of great sightseeing attractions! I recommend seeing Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, walking through St. James's Park (near Buckingham Palace), the Tower of London & the London Bridge, the financial district in the City of London, shopping on Regent Street (between Oxford Circus & Piccadilly Circus) and eating in Soho.
How to get there: I flew British Airways, however, most major airlines fly in and out of London. I recommend taking the express train from the airport into the city (both Gatwick & Heathrow have express train service for around 20 GBP) as cabs can range from 60 GBP and up. You can plan your trip to London here.