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London and Paris shooting locations

I am headed to London and Paris in mid-March and would like some recommendations on places to photograph, best times of day, etc. I plan on doing the traditional iconic locations and would appreciate pointers such as the best point of view, time of day, etc. I would also like recommendations for alternate less traditional places to shoot.

I have been to London a couple times, but on both occasions I didn't have much time for photography or flexibility of picking the best time of day. Unlike my previous trips to London, this trip will be simply for fun and I plan on setting aside time for photography in addition to sightseeing. i have never been to Paris. This trip will consist of 6 days in London and 4 days in Paris.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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In London if you need to be indoors the British Museum has great architecture and lots of interesting angles especially cool for B&W shots.

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Maggie O

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Spend some time in Southwark, especially the area around Borough Market (especially if you're at all a foodie) and Bermondsey Street.

I'll second the British Museum, too.
Thank you for the suggestions Terry and Maggie. I plan on doing the British Museum for sure. I also like the idea of Southwark - I am a foodie.


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Some random comments on Paris:

The best view of the Eiffel Tower is from a hill across the river, at Place du Trocadero (which also has a great fountain if it's going).

The gardens at Versailles (an easy train ride away on the outskirts) are lovely for photography.

Be prepared for low-light photography in the gorgeous churches (Notre Dame & Sainte-Chapelle are both particularly stunning). I don't recall whether tripods are allowed, but, if not, have a plan for using something like high ISO, a mini-pod thing that can be set on a bench or tied to a post, etc.



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As to Paris: There are some fine viewpoints but, with a dramatic sky, this view from Tour Montparnasse was the pièce de résistance:
Lisa - thank you for the tips, they are very helpful
Brian - thank you for the great heads up and links about photography in London
Maggie, Simon, and Hans - awesome shots of the Eiffel Tower, I will definitely try those viewpoints and hope I can do them justice

I am really getting excited about this trip. This will be a pure pleasure trip and y'all are helping to make it even better.