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Adam Rowney
Posts: 5
London, England, United Kingdom


Hey MM.

I was curious if anyone knew of any decent and free locations in London that were easily accessible. How you define easily accessible is up to you.

I'm looking for indoors locations, old or new, and rooftop locations. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Something like the following would be of interest:
http://www.architizer.com/blog/wp-conte … ANKA-2.jpg

http://www.brownbook.net/content_images … 02e1a8.jpg

http://now-here-this.timeout.com/wp-con … london.jpg
Apr 13 13 02:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Adam Rowney
Posts: 5
London, England, United Kingdom


Anyone? :[
Apr 15 13 09:21 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Retiredmodel
Posts: 7,884
Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom


People tend to guard their locations Adam. And most places in London need permissions. The good thing is they are used to being approached and while fees are generally payable they have appropriate forms and expect you to have public libaility insurance etc.
Apr 15 13 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Feverstockphoto
Posts: 587
London, England, United Kingdom


Some nice places around Somerset House, front and back. If you go down the road a bit to Temple tube, there's a nice terraced area above at the back, Victoria embankment. Try mulit-story car parks, ask parkour free runners if you can find them, they might know somewhere....
Apr 15 13 09:57 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


Unfortunately just about everywhere with an interesting interior or rooftop view has cottoned on to the fact they can charge photogs money and even outside, places accessible to the public like richmond lock etc you need permits.

The best bet seems to be finding a good location outside of London and trying to drag your team there.
Apr 15 13 02:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Darren Brade
Posts: 2,746
London, England, United Kingdom


liddellphoto wrote:
Unfortunately just about everywhere with an interesting interior or rooftop view has cottoned on to the fact they can charge photogs money and even outside, places accessible to the public like richmond lock etc you need permits.

The best bet seems to be finding a good location outside of London and trying to drag your team there.

Pretty much this.  Unless you shoot Kamikaze.

However,  you can normally make any street look interesting in London.

Apr 15 13 03:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Darren Brade
Posts: 2,746
London, England, United Kingdom


P. S  this was in the Thames by Wapping Tube station.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110201/15/4d4897b843dfd_m.jpg
Apr 15 13 04:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


Darren Brade wrote:

Pretty much this.  Unless you shoot Kamikaze.

At times I have been tempted to buy something like a sigma dp3 merrill and go all natural light which would widen the locations I could use without problems.

Apr 16 13 10:20 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Adam Rowney
Posts: 5
London, England, United Kingdom


Eliza C wrote:
People tend to guard their locations Adam. And most places in London need permissions. The good thing is they are used to being approached and while fees are generally payable they have appropriate forms and expect you to have public libaility insurance etc.

I thought this might be the case. I think maybe I need to do some more scouting on the ground. I was kind of hoping for some location haven somewhere, but I knew it was unlikely :[

Feverstockphoto wrote:
Some nice places around Somerset House, front and back. If you go down the road a bit to Temple tube, there's a nice terraced area above at the back, Victoria embankment. Try mulit-story car parks, ask parkour free runners if you can find them, they might know somewhere....

Mmm, some good ideas. And car parks, never thought about that. I'm sure there must be some corners that don't have cameras in most car parks.

liddellphoto wrote:
The best bet seems to be finding a good location outside of London and trying to drag your team there.

At times I have been tempted to buy something like a sigma dp3 merrill and go all natural light which would widen the locations I could use without problems.

I may look into this actually. I was hoping maybe London would have a lot to offer, but maybe that was the case 10 or 20 years ago. I think having a small camera, and no team, would probably make things so much more easy. Security see a DSLR and they see red.

Darren Brade wrote:
Unless you shoot Kamikaze.

This is definitely something I have considered. It's high up my list for location solutions at the moment. Also, your Thames image, awesome idea!!

Apr 16 13 12:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
phenomena_photos
Posts: 10
London, England, United Kingdom


There are lots of Free locations in and around london. Use google, it is your friend
Apr 16 13 12:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Paulie Ryan
Posts: 19
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada


If you are near Great Portland Street tube station, you will find a very nice cafe behind which is open to photographers. There are also public stairs etc, and it is well lit all day with natrual light.

Further north from GPS, there is a lovely park which is fairly private and good for out door shooting.

Also, try 1 Finsbury circus. Nice building that sometimes i repeat sometimes will open the roof for you. I have some nice pics from up there, and you can get swiss re (the gherkin) st pauls et al in the skyline.

Good luck, and as above google is your friend!

edit: I lived and worked in London for 13 years. Wonderful city!!
Apr 16 13 01:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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Raveneye
Posts: 36
High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom


Hi Adam

Try behind the Oxo tower along the South Bank. An old warehouse building there.
You can shoot around the building public road on one side. I have shoot there a few times. Also seen a few other folk shoot there too.

Other option, if you are looking for a graffiti backdrop. Try the skate park along the South bank near the Festival hall.

Hope this helps
Allan ~
Apr 16 13 01:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
R Emary
Posts: 31
London, England, United Kingdom


I use this website to find locations, it's great help.
They have rooftop locations in the "high stuff" folder.
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/
Apr 16 13 05:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Darren Brade
Posts: 2,746
London, England, United Kingdom


www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2307771403 … 2745833893

Also how you look at a location can give endless possibilities. The above video was a shoot I did last year around St Paul's Cathedral, a very busy tourist spot. We didn't ask permission and had no problems. We were asked by the police but they were more interested in what we were doing than what we were up to. By the steps we did draw a bit of a crowd of onlookers.

The pictures with a metallic background is a large sculpture next to some offices which is popular with photographers.

The pictures with big stone blocks is St Paul's Cathedral itself, the wall to the left of the main steps leading into the building.

The stone column is outside Tesco's (or it might be Marks & Spencers) supermarket opposite the cathedral.

Then in the quick flash section you might see some blue doors belonging to a nearby office/house.

All are within 200 metres of the main steps of St Pauls.

You just have to look with new eyes.

I think we would only have had problems if we had tried to use a tripod.

Darren
Apr 18 13 02:41 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


You did a great job with that shoot Darren. I'm not sure I'd have the guts to hang my hat on such a public location after all the work put in beforehand - did you have a backup in case you got kicked off?
Apr 19 13 02:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Darren Brade
Posts: 2,746
London, England, United Kingdom


We originally scouted the streets nearby a week before and on the day of the shoot.  So yes we had a backup.  The main problem was going to be the metal sculpture.  It was located in an open square surrounded by offices,  we were expecting trouble there.

However,  security came out and watched!

I think if we had tripods that would have been a problem.  If you use flash,  I recommend using wireless off-camera speedlight and get someone to hold them and be your "lightstand".

I always plan a backup location,  this is bloody England and we do have rain!  ;-)
Apr 19 13 04:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Expression Unlimited
Posts: 1,125
San Diego, California, US


Darren Brade wrote:
P. S  this was in the Thames by Wapping Tube station.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110201/15/4d4897b843dfd_m.jpg

like!!!!!

Apr 19 13 11:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Darren Brade
Posts: 2,746
London, England, United Kingdom


Thanks.

Did you know the Thames has lots of beaches? I didn't until I planned that shoot. You're at the mercy of the tides, and often only have a small window to shoot in. That location is pretty good for options.
Apr 20 13 02:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Adam Rowney
Posts: 5
London, England, United Kingdom


phenomena_photos wrote:
There are lots of Free locations in and around london. Use google, it is your friend

What for indoors and rooftop locations? I did Google around, and there wasn't much coming up.

Paulie Ryan wrote:
If you are near Great Portland Street tube station, you will find a very nice cafe behind which is open to photographers. There are also public stairs etc, and it is well lit all day with natrual light.

Also, try 1 Finsbury circus. Nice building that sometimes i repeat sometimes will open the roof for you. I have some nice pics from up there, and you can get swiss re (the gherkin) st pauls et al in the skyline.

It's tempting to just walk around London and just ask, and see if I get any friendly business owners who wouldn't mind. Finsbury Circus looks really beautiful.

Raveneye wrote:
Try behind the Oxo tower along the South Bank. An old warehouse building there.
You can shoot around the building public road on one side. I have shoot there a few times. Also seen a few other folk shoot there too.

This sounds potentially promising, I might go and see if I can see it via Google Street View.

R Emary wrote:
I use this website to find locations, it's great help.
They have rooftop locations in the "high stuff" folder.
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/

Thank you so much, this is perfect!! Just had a look around, and already see a few possible locations :]

Darren Brade wrote:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2307771403 … 2745833893

Also how you look at a location can give endless possibilities. The above video was a shoot I did last year around St Paul's Cathedral, a very busy tourist spot. We didn't ask permission and had no problems. We were asked by the police but they were more interested in what we were doing than what we were up to. By the steps we did draw a bit of a crowd of onlookers.

The pictures with a metallic background is a large sculpture next to some offices which is popular with photographers.

I think if we had tripods that would have been a problem.  If you use flash,  I recommend using wireless off-camera speedlight and get someone to hold them and be your "lightstand".

I really liked the images you took on that day. I have a number of locations scouted for shooting on the street like this. I am trying to avoid shooting in such busy places, but they are an option I am considering :] The idea with the flash is a good one, I like that :] I know police have issues with tripods, so this is a good way around it :]

Sorry some of the quotes were shortened so this post wasn't too long. For anyone interested scroll up to find the whole comments :] Thanks for everyone who has replied so far, you have been really helpful :]

Apr 20 13 06:12 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


Adam Rowney wrote:

What for indoors and rooftop locations? I did Google around, and there wasn't much coming up.

If you want indoor or rooftops you are pretty much going to have to look at location agencies and pay their rates unless you know someone who owns a property like this.

Apr 20 13 12:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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