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London through a lens


Coming to London for Graduation? The Student Life team want to let you in on some of their favourite hidden photo spots.

When visiting London there is a whole host of things on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin. Ahead of our April 2024 Graduation ceremonies, we wanted to show you some of our favourite hidden gems. These are all great places to take some photos and to make them even better they are all free to visit!

Neal's Yard, Covent Garden

Image of Neals Yard shops in London

Found in Seven Dials in Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is recognisable by the colourful shops. Entrances can be found on both Monmouth Street and Shorts Garden. This is a great spot to take pictures, it can get quite busy as there are around 90 shops and places to eat. 


The Garden at 120, Fenchurch Street

Image of Gherkin Building in London taken from rooftop garden

A garden in the skies is on the 15th floor of the building at number 120 Fenchurch Avenue in the City of London. The garden comprises of four different areas with lots of different plants and some great views of London from the skies. 

Leake Street Arches, Waterloo

Image of graffiti art in Leake Street Tunnel

Leave your mark on London. Here you will find London’s longest legal graffiti wall, sometimes called Banksy’s Tunnel, it sits directly under Waterloo Station. Each time you visit you will see that it has evolved with every person who paints there, there is always something new to see. 


St Dunstan in the East Church Garden, Tower Hill

Image of church ruins and gardens

You will find this spot halfway between London Bridge and the Tower of London. Originally a church on St Dunstan’s Hill, it was destroyed during the Second World War and is now a quiet public garden to take a stroll or have a picnic. 


Primrose Hill, Camden

Image of park with London skyline on horizon

Here you will find fantastic panoramic views of London’s skyline, as one of six protected viewpoints in London it is a great spot to take some lunch (as long as it’s not raining) and take in the view. 

Whilst you are visiting London do remember to tag us #UoLGrad2024 on Instagram to show us where you have been and any hidden gems you would recommend to other students.