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Where are the 10 best places to take a photo in London? Where can you get the best views? Here is a list of the ten most popular spots in London to take a photograph.

#1 – Big Ben, from Westminster Bridge

If tourists only take one photograph in London then it’s invariably this one – Big Ben. ‘Big Ben’ is actually the name of the bell, rather than the clockface, and it stands in the Elizabeth Tower at one end of the Houses of Parliament. Did you know that you can actually get permission to climb up Big Ben, and stand in the belfry whilst the bell goes off? (Don’t worry, ear-plugs are provided!) Read Drummerboy’s review here.

#2 – Changing of the Guard

No trip to London would be complete without seeing the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It starts at 11.30AM in the summer and every other day in the winter. There are actually two detachments of the Guard that get changed – one at Buckingham Palace and another at St. James’s Palace, a short walk down The Mall. If you arrive early then you can take up a position by the front gates.

#3 – Stand next to a soldier, at Horse Guards

Getting you photo taken outside Horse Guards is obligatory. There are two horse boxes on the Whitehall side, and tourists like to stand there and try to make the soldiers laugh. If you hang around until 4 PM then you can catch the Dismounting Ceremony. But there’s an even better parade that takes place in the parade ground – the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony.

#4 – The neon lights at Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s great throughfares, and the perfect spot for a bit of people watching. No photo album would be complete without a shot of Eros and the huge neon signs lit up at night.

#5 – St. Paul’s, from Waterloo Bridge

The Kinks sang a song about it, and now you can take a photograph of it – the view from Waterloo Bridge famously takes in the financial centre of the City and dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral… best seen at sunset.

#6 – Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge should be a pure piece of kitsch… a mock-gothic building built in the 19th-century. But its two castle-like towers have become synonymous with London around the world. If yoiu’re lucky then you might be able to see Tower Bridge open and close.

#7 – View from the top of The Shard

Nelson’s Column celebrates the life and death of the country’s greatest naval hero – Horatio Nelson. He stares down on Trafalgar Square from his lofty pedestal 185-feet above the pigeons, guarded by four huge bronze lions.

#8 – With a Beefeater, at the Tower of London

Next time you visit the Tower of London join one of the famous Yeoman Warder tours. The tours are always very informative and amusing, and will contain tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution and torture.

#9 – Sitting on a lion, by Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column celebrates the life and death of the country’s greatest naval hero – Horatio Nelson. He stares down on Trafalgar Square from his lofty pedestal 185-feet above the pigeons, guarded by four huge bronze lions.

#10 – Buckingham Palace, from St. James’s Park

There is a celebrated shot of Buckingham Palace in St. James’s Park. All you have to do is stand on the bridge and gaze across the lake. If you turn around and face the other way then you’ll have a shot of Horse Guards Parade.

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