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I always want the end of Regent Street to offer incredible photographs.  The truth is the end of Regent Street (between Oxford Street and the beginning of Portland Street) is not that interesting.  The walk is sort of dull.  What a fantastic way to convince you to make this trek?

The truth is if you’re at Oxford Circus, you might as well continue the walk to All Souls Langham Place, a church, and the BBC Broadcasting House.

The contrast of old London architecture and contemporary architecture is interesting.  You can find the combination in a number of areas throughout London.  I especially love the rounded entrance to the All Souls church as it is situated as the Regent Street curves into Portland Street.  If you enjoy capturing light trails from moving traffic, this is a splendid place for you.

You’ll find the BBC Broadcasting House directly behind the All Souls church.  I find night time to be best to photograph in this area as the BBC illuminates in a fabulous cobalt blue.  I was short on time to capture images tho’ it is high on my list to return.

How do you get to the End of Regent Street?  Begin at Oxford Circus then walk northward along Regent Street.  So easy.

Map Showing the Location of the End of Regent Street ::

Map Showing the End of Regent Street

christ church spitalfields

East London is an interesting area for photography if you are keen to explore.  And, when I say explore also be ready to open your creative mind.  Know a little East London history before you go such as the bombings during World War II, the Victorian Slum Houses, Spitalfield, and yes, even Jack the Ripper.

When you understand much of the East End was leveled during air raids of the second world war, you’ll then know you will find a mixture of Old London and rapidly changing modern London.  

Spitalfield Area London

Years ago, I joined one of the famous Jack the Ripper tours.  I don’t remember much about the tour except for the guide repeatedly saying “imagine, if you will” when referring to 99% of the urban landscape.  For me, the guide’s repeated phrase was sort of a downer.  I wanted to be amongst musty old buildings, tho’ instead I had to visualise missing architecture while standing next to a contemporary building less than five years old.

To be fair, the Jack the Ripper tour was as entertaining as it was informative.  The guides are typically animated, quick witted, a wee bit dramatic and masters of London knowledge.  The vision I had of East London, however, did not match the reality of the uninspiring rebuild of the area after the world war.  And so, I scratched East London off my photography list until about ten years ago.  

I explore between Liverpool Street Station the revitalized Spitalfield Market area even today.  There are interesting areas, narrow streets, alleys, old architecture mixed with the new and mysteries you create in your mind as you trundle along.

Knowing a little East London history myself, I enjoy imagining the sights as they were before, the sounds and the smells.  I imagine  people milling about, kids playing games in the streets, a woman shouting from a window in need of repair or the sounds of the Industrial Revolution which happened mostly in the east end of the city.

Is East London one of the best places to photograph London?  If you are open to explore what is around the corner, yes.  Remember to go with your imagination and creative eye.

ballerina statue and red phone boxes in broad court

Once you’ve exhausted the photo opportunities at Covent Garden, be sure to venture further.  Take any number of streets and wander.  You can’t go wrong in any direction to find some of the best places to photograph London.

The Royal Opera House is adjacent in Bow Street on the northeast side of Covent Garden.  

low angle view royal opera house london

A walk northward along James Street will take you to the Covent Garden Underground Station and Long Acre.  Along this walk you’ll find numerous street performers and numerous opportunities for street photography.  

Once you reach Long Acre veer slightly to the right and you’ll find Neal Street.  Follow Neal Street northward and this is where the fun begins.  Neal’s Yard, narrow streets that are mostly empty at night and Seven Dials.  Each area is unique and will allow you to use your creative photographic eye.

Begin your journey at Covent Garden.
The GPS Coordinates for Covent Garden Are :: 51.5117° N, 0.1240° W

Map Showing the Location of Covent Garden

low angle view of covent garden piazza

Central London is like Disneyland for photographers.  Almost everywhere you turn you will find one of the best places to photograph London.   Covent Garden is no exception.  

If you are interested in street photography, visit this top tourist attraction during the day into early evening.  There will be plenty of visitors and street performers waiting to be unknowingly captured when you click your shutter button.  If you’re keen to capture the city void of people and appreciate London’s old architecture, be sure to visit after dark.

It’s obvious I love London night photography.  I perfected the craft by spending innumerable hours exploring the city at night.  Covent Garden is one of my top London photo areas as I love the cobblestones, the low angle perspective, the simple architecture and columns as well as the open space around the perimeter of the piazza.  You can spend hours at this famous market turned retail space.

You have to love Covent Garden for its history and I can’t help but visualize the fictional Eliza Doolittle singing “Wouldn’t It Be Luverly” on the doorstep of St Paul’s Church in the wee hours of the morning.

st paul's church covent garden

Be sure to move all about the perimeter of the piazza as well as stepping inside as the glass roofs are great fun.  When the building illuminates at night, magic happens that only a photographer would appreciate.  

The Covent Garden Piazza  offers ample photo opportunities.  Take your time.  Go high.  Go low.  Go when or after it rains.    The area is very safe tho’ don’t be surprised if a passerby asks what you’re doing.  A lady once got down on the ground to see what I was doing and then told me I was a spy.  Also, don’t be surprised if a concerned policeman stops to ask if you’re ok especially if you’re lying on the ground. 

Where is Covent Garden?  How Do I Get To Covent Garden?
Covent Garden GPS Coordinates :: 51.5117° N, 0.1240° W

Map Showing the Location of Covent Garden:
Map Showing Location of Covent Garden