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Eight of the most Insta-worthy outdoor spots in London this winter

Searching for that perfect winter snap? You can't go wrong at these super-photogenic parks, historic sites and lesser-known corners of the capital

Time Out in association with Transport for London

Yes, it get dark before 5pm – but that doesn't mean that London in winter isn't ripe for the 'gram. Moody skies, dramatic sunsets, spooky skeletal trees and those rare and beautiful fresh blue skies are perfect Instagram fodder, if you know the right places to snap them. Together with Transport for London, we've compiled the finest shots taken by the Time Out Tastemaker Community for inspiration. Thanks to TfL's adult off-peak fares starting from £1.50 – and their free and discounted travel for kids in London – embarking on your photographic odyssey is very affordable. 

Remember to check TfL Journey Planner before you travel. 


1. Start at the Tower of London for a bit of historical drama:

Getting there District or Circle line to Tower Hill.
Local bus routes 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1.

2. Head to Hyde Park on a clear day to hang out with its prettiest residents:

Getting there Central line to Queensway.
Local bus routes 9, 27, 28, 31, 49, 52, 70, 94, 148, 274, 360, 390.

3. Check out the views of Regent's Canal from the brick arches of Coal Drops Yard:

Getting there Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly or Victoria line to King's Cross St Pancras. 
Local bus routes 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 259, 390, 476.

4. Shoot the South Bank skyline in the final few moments of sunlight:

Getting there Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern or Waterloo & City line to Waterloo. 
Local bus routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, RV1.

5. Admire the majestic St Paul's Cathedral and experiment with new angles:

Getting there Central line to St Paul's.
Local bus routes 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 26, 56, 76, 100, 172, 242, 521.

6. Capture all the colours of the rainbow after dark from the northern side of London Bridge:

Getting there Circle or District line to Monument.
Local bus routes 15, 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 344, 521.

7. Wander through Covent Garden in search of its prettiest angle:

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Getting there Northern line to Highgate, then 43 bus.
Local bus routes 43, 102, 134, 144, 234, 299, 603, W7.

8. Finally, remember that Richmond Park's deer are always up for a photoshoot:

Getting there District line to Richmond.
Local bus routes 33, 65, 190, 337, 371, 391, 419, 490, 493, H22, H37, R68, R70.

Get there for less!
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Get there for less!

TfL’s off-peak fares mean that your photographic adventures won't put a dent in your budget. Off-peak fares apply on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services. You can tap into the wonderful world of off-peak every weekday before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm. Off-peak fares also apply all day at weekends and on public holidays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. Touch in only on buses and trams. To check your fare, visit TfL Single Fare Finder.

Travel by bus and tram for £1.50
TfL’s Hopper fare lets you take unlimited bus and tram journeys within one hour of first touching in for just £1.50. 

Travel into Zone 1 from £2.40
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey from Zone 2 into Zone 1.

Travel in Zones 2-6 for £1.50
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Under 11s travel free!
All kids under 11 can travel free at any time on buses and trams. Up to four kids under 11 can travel free at any time on Tube, DLR, London Overground, and TfL Rail services when accompanied by an adult. An adult is anyone 16 and over using an adult rate ticket (but not a Group Day Travelcard), pay as you go or travel concession. Excludes Emirates Air Line, Santander Cycles and River services.

The Cultural TfL Map is your key to finding more of London's hidden gems. This interactive map reveals more than 500 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art and more, all within a short walk or bus ride of each station. Many of these experiences are free!


We know that affordable, convenient public transport is the key to accessing the best that London has to offer – and thanks to TfL’s affordable off-peak fares and other discounts across the network, the possibilities for adventure are wider than ever. Here, you'll find plenty more unexpected and exciting off-peak outings.

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