Nightime in London

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It’s no secret that I love cities at dusk—I always find the moment magical. Then, night time often offers the chance to see the other side of a place, and night lights can be magical, no matter the season.

After a full day of exploring London, we were usually pretty tired, and the long ride back to the hotel on the slow Circle Line wasn’t much of an incentive to hang out very late—which you have to do in the summer, since sunset is typically around 8:30 p.m.

Yet, we took the time to check out a few main places after dark, including the Jubilee Gardens with the picturesque London Eye and views on the River Thames, Carnaby Street, Piccadilly Circus and the Palace of Westminster. I didn’t have a tripod (I rarely travel with one, too bulky and cumbersome) but I found a way to keep the camera steady to use a slow shutter speed. And the pictures turned out okay!

You can see all the pic­tures taken in Lon­don on Flickr.

The London Eye and Jubilee Gardens

The London Eye

The London Eye

The London Eye

Palace of Westminster from Jubilee Gardens

County Hall

Westminster Bridge

Big Ben

Buses on Westminster Bridge


Carnaby Street

Piccadilly Circus


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I think any city with traffic and street lights already makes a great place to shoot at night. However, to London you can add skyscrapers, the London Eye, small alleys (you know I love them…). Sometimes it seems to me that lights have been put up strategically in this city, to enhance the experience of its visitors, really!!

  2. Night shots, that’s another aspect of photography that I want to be better at. I have this idea however, that I need to first buy a tripod in order to get a steady shot, as these shots typically involve longer exposures. That should be my next project.

    • You can really live without a tripod, I take most of my night shots without one actually. But you do need to be able to control the exposure on your camera.

      Try shooting right after sunset, when the sky is turning into a deep blue. The results are often amazing!

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