4 London Museums for Photoshoots & Filming

April 09, 2015
Horniman Museum and Gardens Forest Hill London

Art - or in this case, the art of blogging - imitates life, so as a blogger you better be damn sure your life or at least surroundings are interesting. Whether the setting for your fashion posts are the white stuccoed streets of Chelsea or you shoot outdoors in verdant parks of East London, I’m certain all you London bloggers are a creative lot who are always seeking a new backdrop in this vast and eclectic city. 

This snap-happy shutterbug has her eyes peeled for the next photoshoot location; both for the Regimental Vintage online boutique and for the unabashed vanity publication that is Posh, Broke, & Bored. I like to think that my carefully-styled outings are somewhat culturally beneficial and mentally stimulating so lately I’ve been looking to having my pictures taken at places of some educational interest. Because art history and lifestyle photos for the blog, wham! - beauty and (pretend) brains. At least your obliging photo-monkey (behind every successful female blogger is her exhausted boyfriend, amirite?) has something to do/look at while you ponder the merits of shooting at this corner or that corner of the V&A.

Anyway. This blog post is for photographers, bloggers, and moving-image makers (filming or vlogging, whichever) looking for settings in London that are as photogenic as they are family-friendly. Go to a museum! Make a day of it — art, culture, a stroll in the gardens, and 527490 photos of yourself twirling for joy in your new transitional trench-coat you bought for your 'Spring Wardrobe’ blog post. Go ahead, I won’t judge — in fact, I’ll race you there!

4 BEAUTIFUL LONDON MUSEUMS FOR PHOTOSHOOTS & FILMING 



(1) HORNIMAN MUSEUM AND GARDENS, Forest Hill
     
Horni-man... *snicker* Ok, got that one out of the way. After Frederick John Horniman, heir to Horniman's Tea, inherited the business in 1901 he used his wealth to indulge his lifelong passion for collecting and travelling (a man after my own heart!) Today, the Horniman Museum and Gardens has a collection of 350,000 objects specializing in anthropology, natural history and musical instruments; the ethnography and music collections granted with Designated status. Come for the Horniman's famous stuffed walrus, stay for the highly-aclaimed aquarium, and shoot by the stunning conservatory.

Admission: Free for the museum and gardens. 
Opening hours: 10.30am - 5.30pm daily

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Natural History Museum South Kensington London

Natural History Museum South Kensington London
Henry and I at The Country Life Fair Royal Reception and Ball 2014, at the Natural History Museum.
(2) NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, South Kensington

Whether you're partying with royals and quaffing champagne beneath 'Dippy' the iconic Diplodocus skeleton in the Hintze Hall, or worshipping at the educational altar of this cathedral of nature there's something for everyone within the hallowed halls of the Natural History Museum: dinosaurs, geology, botany, science. Henry likes to point at the panda skeleton and shout "Good God, what kind of zoo is this? The animals look really sick!" I get really excited at the gemstone collection (shiiiiiiny) in the Mineral Gallery and afterward pick a quiet corner by the Stair of Knowledge to take selfies. 

Admission: Free
Opening hours:  10:00 am – 5:50 pm

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Victoria and Albert Museum London
Marble Embellishment by Peony Lim
(3) VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, South Kensington

The V&A is the world's largest collection of decorative arts and design, its 145 galleries housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects spanning 5,000 years of art from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The medieval and the modern exist together; with the Western world's largest Islamic arts collection in the same Victorian and Edwardian halls as Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibition. The marble staircase at the Cromwell Road entrance is the fashion photography backdrop of my dreams, as demonstrated by Peony Lim.

Victoria & Albert Museum
Admission: Free
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 5:45 pm (till 10pm on Fridays)

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Strawberry Hill House Museum Twickenham London


(4) STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE, Twickenham 

Strawberry Hill House, Horace Walpole's Gothic castle, was the most influential building of the early Gothic revival. Built in 1749 and restored in 2012, Strawberry Hill House (or just 'Strawberry Hill')'s  ice-white towers are a contrast to the riotous colours and elaborate patterns of the villa interiors. The whimsical, fairy tale quality of Strawberry Hill makes it the perfect setting for weddings. In the mean time I'll be practising for my big day, posing in the rich crimson damask walls of The Gallery before adjourning to the gardens to rest myself on the sea-shell bench.

Strawberry Hill House
Admission: Adults: £12, Concessions: £6, Under-16s: free
Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 1:30–4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00-4pm

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So these are my four picks of London museums that would make beautiful locations to film or shoot in. I checked: these museums are OK with photography (indeed, some are popular event and wedding photography venues) but of course exercise common sense, discretion, and consideration for others around you. Even if tripods and flashes are allowed, leave those at home for when you're taking photos for your blog unless you're hiring the space. I prefer to shoot early in the weekday when there are less visitors to the museum, this way I don't get in the way of too many people. Or if there are, toss your hair, flash your million-dollar smile, and give it as good as you've got --- if people are going to stare, make it worth their while! 

More locations and ideas for photoshoots on my 'Photogenic London' Pinterest board:



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15 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that Strawberry Hill House is amazing! I can't believe I didn't know about it. Have pinned it on my 'London wishlist' board. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Jacintha! I thought you might like Strawberry Hill House. Isn't it just stunning? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  3. What beautiful ideas and I love, love, love your yellow dress!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  4. Love these ideas! Saved this post for when I'm visiting London this summer.


    simply-mode.com

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  5. You don't look out of place against these stunning backdrops Jasiminne! The Natural History Museum always will be my favourite London museum - I love the drama and history of the building.

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

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  6. I love numbers 1-3 and really want to visit Strawberry Hill! The house of a madman - but a genius ;) I'd definitely love to shoot a few posts using these as backdrops. x

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  7. Isn't Strawberry Hill just gorgeous! I need an excuse to shoot there! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  8. Thank you Polly! I love the Natural History Museum too, I'm so lucky I got to have a ball (literally and figuratively) there! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  9. Yay, glad I could help Helena! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  10. I love this post! so original, and really opens your eyes to the beautiful gems of London. Strawberry Hill is on my list now! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  11. Shall we all do a blogger's day out at Strawberry Hill?! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  12. Jasey JadeApril 10, 2015

    I honestly can't believe my eyes! These places are absolutely amazing! I seriously can't wait to travel around the world and discover all these beautiful places! I'm still stunned by these gorgeous pictures!
    Jade x

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  13. Wow I didnt even know about the Horniman museum and I used to live in Forest Hill! It looks so much like the stunning Crystal Palace in Madrid!

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  14. Love this post! Definitely saving it for later. That glass conservatory is so so beautiful. Can you imagine a wedding in there? *swoons*


    Katie <3

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