London Underground

London Underground #1

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Country: United Kingdom

Category: Travel

City: London

GPS Latitude: 51.534801

GPS Longitude: -0.174086


The London Underground has 11 lines criss-crossing London and beyond. It is a wonderful source of inspiration for photographers, with styles to suit every taste.

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Explore the different lines. They each have their own character. The architecture is sometimes distinguished and the signage is of course iconic. Compare the main photo’s 1940s restraint (St John’s Wood, a grade II listed station) with the second photo’s ‘in-your-face’ brutalism (Westminster). The third photograph leaves you in no doubt where it was taken. Photography is permitted on the Underground but the use of tripods is not. The rush hours are best avoided, for obvious reasons. If you want to take a shot without people, early Saturday morning can be good. The shot of St John’s Wood was taken at 9:00 a.m. On any weekday, the shot here would have been impossible; by 10:00 on Saturday, the weekend shoppers have begun to stir themselves.

PENTAX K-5 + smc PENTAX-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited @ 15mm, ISO 800, 1/10, f/5.6
PENTAX K-5 + smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8AL Limited @ 31mm, ISO 400, 1/60, f/6.7

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Peter Staniforth

The use of flash is definitely NOT permitted anywhere on the London Underground system. And you may be told not to take any photos – if so you really have no choice but to comply as the system is private property and there is no actual right to take photos.


Re flash, agreed. And indeed flash is quite unnecessary. Nor are tripods allowed. There may be no ‘right’ to take photographs, but ad-hoc photography (for personal use) is not prohibited by TfL’s Conditions of Carriage.