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The five most over-Instagrammed things in London

Posted at 8:00 am, January 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Photos of London
Richard Gray

If you go to Paris, you have to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower. It’s the law, right? And when French tourists come to London, as part of a reciprocal arrangement with the French authorities, they are legally obliged to take photos of Big Ben. If you live in London, you’re under no such obligation. But take a look through the Instagram feeds of many Londoners and you might be mistaken for thinking they’re only here for the weekend. Here are five London scenes we’ve seen rather a lot of on Instagram and some suggestions of other things you could take mobile snaps of instead. 

1. Big Ben
From almost any angle, Big Ben is hard to make look interesting. Put it at a jaunty angle? Been done. Include an underground sign in your frame? Been done. At night from Westminster Bridge? Been done (a lot).

What to Instagram instead
If timepieces are your thing, try the refurbished Kings Cross or St Pancras stations. Some stunning interiors, lots of people to snap and some lovely clocks too. Or, get on a train and take some pictures out of the window.

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2. Anything red
Buses, phone boxes, letter boxes, soldiers, etc. ‘Red is London’s colour’, said Peter Ackroyd, and it feels like we’ve seen enough pictures of red London things on Instagram to fill every single page of that author’s weighty tome about our capital city. And don’t even think about doing a colour splash!

What to Instagram instead
For a variety of colours, try the bubble wrap lighting installation on Southwark Street, especially after it’s rained. Or the neon lights of Soho (Old Compton Street pictured) or any other of London’s brightly coloured (non-red) buildings.

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

3. St Paul’s Cathedral
Whether it’s the converging lines shot from the Millenium Bridge, a reflection in one of the City’s glass office blocks or a distant shot from the Tate Modern café, this particular man is tired of this particular London landmark.

What to Instagram instead
Christopher Wren got all the plaudits, but why not try shooting some of the many churches in London designed by his understudy, Nicholas Hawksmoor. Christ Church Spitalfields or St Luke’s Old Street (pictured above) aren’t far away. Or if you’re already in the Tate Modern, take some photos inside. Like many of London’s more enlightened museums (eg British Museum, Tate Britain), they’re cool about you taking pictures of pictures.

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4. The London Eye
Anyway you spin it, the London Eye is round. It’s a big circle and it revolves very slowly. Weren’t they supposed to take it down after a few years? It’s been there since 1999 but from the number of photos on Instagram, it feels like it’s been there as long as the Eiffel Tower (which they were also supposed to take down after a while, weren’t they?).

What to Instagram instead
Take a stroll downstream and snap the cool kids on their skateboards and bikers or the South Bank’s lovely brutalist architecture.

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5. A line of Boris bikes
A repeated pattern is a classic photographic technique but unfortunately when it comes to images of our beloved Boris bikes on Instagram, it’s been a bit too, well, repeated.

What to Instagram instead
Londoners on bikes. Or just Londoners. For the best up close and personal London street photography, head to Camden or Portobello markets.
Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Richard Gray was the recent winner of the 2013 Terry O’Neill mobile award and helps to run a London photo walk group, Click LondonGet in touch with Richard at @rugfoot on Instagram.

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