One of the main things that drew me to street photography was my fascination with the wonderful characters and personalities of London. There are plenty of location guides and guides to the best locations for street photography. But almost all of them are about the best streets to photograph not the best place to find people to photograph.
As you know, street photography is about telling stories, spotting the small human things in life and photographing people. So I’ve dug back through the London photo walks I’ve done with David Gibson and others to find the best routes in London for visitors and locals.
Hipster’s big day out (East London)
This walk starts at Liverpool St Station and loops through the East End following a trail of independent cafes, market stalls and vintage stores. The natural habitat of the hipster. If you’re visiting London then you’ll be amazed at the density of vintage rangefinders and Lomo cameras you’ll see in use along this route. Half the time you’ll be photographing photographers.
- Petticoat Lane
- Spitalfields Market
- Brick Lane Market
- Columbia Rd Flower Market
Tourists in the wild (Central London)
This walk starts from Oxford Circus and lets you stalk the West End hunting tourists, crowds and street life in it’s densest form. You’ll see screaming kids in front of Topshop, lonely pensioners having a cup of tea in a street cafe and Middle Eastern billionaires taking in the sights.
- Oxford Circus
- Soho Square
- Tottenham Court Road
- Piccadilly Circus
- Trafalgar Square
What are your favourite locations to shoot the people of London?