When someone attempts to list world’s most photogenic cities, London always gets included. No wonder this city is (and has always been) a large creative hub for photographers of every kind. The choice of photoshoot locations is important, but the key is to know where to look for the truly unique ones.
One rule to keep in mind: there’s more to London than just photo studios – sure, there are some really marvellous ones, but it often pays off to think outside the box. From gorgeous lofts and penthouse apartments with breathtaking views to quirky cafes and cleverly converted warehouses, London has everything you can think of, as well as some things that aren’t “dreamt of in your philosophy” – pardon the pun!
While onboarding new venues, we always pay special attention to creative spaces. Our venue experts have picked their absolute favourites. Here’s #tagvenue special guide to London’s most photogenic venues:
Beauty less obvious – Asylum Chapel
This pearl of Peckham has lived through a lot. First it served as London’s largest almshouse, then it was bombed in the war and left neglected for several years. Things have changed since 2010, when Jo Dennis and Dido Hallett started to use the space for exhibitions and performances and made it one of London’s most in-demand venues for unusual weddings. It’s that unique derelict vibe that makes Asylum special. Shabby walls and light softly leaking through the windows create perfect conditions for a stunning shoot.
Vintage garage – Super Brick
It takes being in the know to find this venue, as it’s hidden in an inconspicuous car park just a few feet away from Brick Lane. Super Brick modestly claims to be a shell that welcomes events and industries of any kind. We got to admit this particular shell is tastefully decorated with striking posters, jukeboxes, guitars and all the little things that go together surprisingly well. Perfect for alternative shoots – think pin-up, rockabilly or whatever your imagination suggests to you.
Three colours (and more) – Mackintosh Lane London
You can’t go wrong with a classic triadic colour scheme. The designers of Mackintosh Lane London, an iconic loft warehouse, know this very well. They connect black, red and white with their hip furnishings. And the cherry on top? There’s more than just one: cavernous ceilings, moveable pieces and mezzanines for different lighting and shooting angles. The main space has several adjacent studios, too.
Gorgeously green – Green Lens Studios
Definitely not your regular photo studio. So, what are the special touches? Exposed roof beams, wooden flooring, kitchen facilities… we could go on for a while. All the goodness is located in a restored stable warehouse in Harringay. Green Lens Studios is not only good looking, but also sustainable – they’re proud to call themselves UK’s first sustainable photo studio with an eco-friendly policy. See more pictures on the #tagvenue website to find out more about why we love it so much!
Neon phenomenon – Lights of Soho
Bringing back the old, Lights of Soho is literally the brightest spot in the West End. Looking for something wonderfully quirky and colourful? We think this might be just the place. At Lights of Soho free-spirited feeling meets vintage neon vibe – and they go together like sugar and spice. The venue offers two levels for hire: the first, a glowing basement and the second, a bright and spacious gallery starred with even more neon masterpieces. To wrap it up: Lights of Soho makes an amazing fit for a hip one-of-a-kind photoshoot.