Ah, London. It's a city of many contrasts which I have called my home for eight and a half years now. Full of beautiful green spaces, historical architecture...and a few concrete monstrosities (looking at you, Barbican Centre). This wonderful city provides many varied opportunities for photography, and great locations for engagement shoots.
Without further ado, here are my favourites.
Hampstead Pergola & Hill Gardens
Inverforth Close, Hampstead, NW3 7EX This gorgeous location is located in the gorgeous, historical Hampstead, where I had the pleasure of living for four years. It's not somewhere many people know about and it took me a while to discover. With it's almost mythical, fairy-tale look, it's perfect for an engagement shoot.
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA I love Somerset House. Not only is the name fabulous (I'm a Somerset native), and I have very fond memories of the place (my alma mater, King's College London, is attached on the left-hand side), but it is really stunning, especially when the fountains are bubbling away! Plus it is located near to lots of other amazing places, such as Covent Garden and the South Bank, so if you desire you can have your photos in several locations.
St Dunstan in the East
St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD The old church of St Dunstan in the East was bombed out during WW2, and in 1967 the City of London turned the ruins into park. This beautiful, haunting location is perfect for an atmospheric engagement shoot.
Chester Rd, London, NW1 4NR I love Regent's Park. It's a park of contrasts, with dozens of beautiful landscapes and miles of green, and there are so many wonderful photo opportunities. The Japanese Garden, in particular, makes a fantastic location, with it's little bridges, waterfall and large willow tree, which have all recently featured in my portfolio.
Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF The beautiful Little Venice is tucked away between Paddington and Maida Vale, and boasts lots of beautiful canals, bridges and colourful boats, as well as lovely pubs and restaurants by the water. If you want a shoot with a Venetian spin on a budget, look no further.
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA There are so many iconic places in Westminster, and amazing locations for photographs. Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, the London Eye, the bridges, Lambeth Palace...and I could go on. If you want a quintessentially 'London' engagement shoot, this is the location for you.
Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JS Pretty Notting Hill is very easy on the eyes and lots of fun, with its colourful houses, quirky shops, and bustling Portobello Road. It's one of my favourite places in London and a great place for a soft-focused, pastel-inspired shoot.
King William Walk, London, SE10 9HT Oh Greenwich. You have such a special place in my heart and I would move to you in a heartbeat if you were a bit more central (and better connected). I spent a year living here as a student and absolutely loved it. It is so beautiful, quaint, and with so much to do. The place is an UNESCO World Heritage site, and with amazing backdrops at every turn, you couldn't find a better place for a photo-shoot.
London, E1 6GJ If you consider yourself a trendy couple, how about colourful, cool Shoreditch for your engagement shoot? Packed full of hipster cafes, bright graffiti and quirky streets, there are loads of opportunities for pictures which show off your fun side.