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10 Cinematic London Locations

Amalia Navarro
May 3, 2019
May 3, 2019

10 of the most cinematic locations in London for a photoshoot

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* If you have another employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

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Are you getting all the help available to you?

As creative practitioners, we are aware it can be difficult to navigate between financial
options available depending on your status. Make sure you are getting all the financial help
available to you by using the table below.
We will keep on updating it with new resources to always provide the most up-to-date financial support info for you!

* If you have another employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

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• your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income

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Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) (7)

Small Business Grant Fund Eligibility:
• Businesses with a property that on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) Scheme.
• Businesses which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Rural Rate Relief
• Scheme are also eligible for this scheme.
Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property.

Hospitality and Leisure Grand Fund Eligibility:
• Properties which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates
• Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force are eligible for the grant.
• Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant.
• Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property

No need to do anything you’ll be contacted by HRMC if you’re eligible

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You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year2020 to 2021
• have lost trading profits due to coronavirus

You will need to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus. HMRC will as usual use a risk based approach to compliance.

Your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income for either:
• the tax year 2018 to 2019
• the average of the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019

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You’re eligible if:
• your business is based in the UK
• your business has an annual turnover of up to £45 million
• your business has a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, if not for the coronavirus pandemic
• you can self-certify that your business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus

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We've compiled a list of grants and prizes available to UK residents, which you can filter by creative industry, to make sure you're seeing grants that are relevant to your practice. We'll be doing our best to keep this list up-to-date with the latest grants and initiatives to support creatives around the UK. All grants listed are open for applications and are automatically removed after the deadline. 

If you are feeling anxious, wondering what the coronavirus crisis means for your practice, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

We’re not experts, but we’re happy to share our knowledge and to try to help you stay optimistic during these tough times. You can contact us from our website chat or on any social media.

MORE INFO

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) (9)

The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
• is based in the UK was established before 1 March 2020
• has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

MORE INFO

Universal Credit (1)

You may be able to get Universal Credit if:
• you’re on a low income or out of work
• you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
• you’re under State Pension age
• you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
• you live in the UK

MORE INFO

Council Tax Reduction (2)

You could be eligible if you’re on a low income or claim benefits. Your bill could be reduced by up to 100%. You can apply if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

MORE INFO

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme (3)

If you have employees, you can claim for 80% of their wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus. If you have an other employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

MORE INFO



Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (3)

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: have coronavirus, cannot work because they are self-isolating at home or are shielding in line with public health guidance.

MORE INFO

HRMC income support scheme (4)

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year2020 to 2021
• have lost trading profits due to coronavirus

You will need to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus. HMRC will as usual use a risk based approach to compliance.

Your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income for either:
• the tax year 2018 to 2019
• the average of the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019

MORE INFO

HMRC’s Time To Pay (5)

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
• have lost trading pro ts due to coronavirus
• your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income

MORE INFO

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (6)

You’re eligible if:
• your business is based in the UK
• your business has an annual turnover of up to £45 million
• your business has a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, if not for the coronavirus pandemic
• you can self-certify that your business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus

MORE INFO

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) (7)

Small Business Grant Fund Eligibility:
• Businesses with a property that on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) Scheme.
• Businesses which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Rural Rate Relief
• Scheme are also eligible for this scheme.
Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property.

Hospitality and Leisure Grand Fund Eligibility:
• Properties which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates
• Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force are eligible for the grant.
• Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant.
• Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property

No need to do anything you’ll be contacted by HRMC if you’re eligible

MORE INFO

Creative industry-specific Grants & Funds (8)

We've compiled a list of grants and prizes available to UK residents, which you can filter by creative industry, to make sure you're seeing grants that are relevant to your practice. We'll be doing our best to keep this list up-to-date with the latest grants and initiatives to support creatives around the UK. All grants listed are open for applications and are automatically removed after the deadline. 

If you are feeling anxious, wondering what the coronavirus crisis means for your practice, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

We’re not experts, but we’re happy to share our knowledge and to try to help you stay optimistic during these tough times. You can contact us from our website chat or on any social media.

MORE INFO

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) (9)

The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
• is based in the UK was established before 1 March 2020
• has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

MORE INFO

Location, location, location…

I'm a French-American photographer, based in London, and location, to me, is everything! It not only provides context to the entire image, but can drastically change the atmosphere and message of the photograph.

Although I touch on a variety of subjects within my freelance practice, I consider myself to be a documentary photographer at heart. For me, photography is, before anything, a mode of observation, a snapshot and commentary on a particular moment in a particular environment — and each photograph provides a unique understanding of that singular and irreproducible point in time and space.

In each location, characterised by its own history and experiences, I enter into a dialogue with the space, leaving enough freedom to the moment to enable and welcome its unpredictability.

Here are 10 locations in London that truly have their own personalities…

GOD'S OWN JUNKYARD

Unit 12
Ravenswood Industrial Estate,
Shernall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ

godsownjunkyard.co.uk

Anya by Josie Bonnici on SSSHAKE Stories

This space is like a bright colourful maze, filled with different neon lights and signs. It's a great place to experiment with lights, reflections, and depth of field. And there's a café for you to get a drink after you finish exploring!

They also hire the space for shoots and film sets, so just email before going to let them know it's just one photographer with a handheld camera taking photos for non-commercial purposes.

STAIRCASE AT ST. PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

Euston Road, King’s Cross,
NW1 2AR

stpancraslondon.com

Meet Azon by Amalia Navarro on SSSHAKE Stories

This hotel is connected to St. Pancras Station; in fact, if you've ever taken the Eurostar into London, as you arrive to the platform, you can see some of the suites looking out onto the rails. The hotel is beautiful, and this staircase is truly a masterpiece with curved railings across multiple floors. I could spend hours shooting there, playing with lines and the illusions they create.

Email before going to let them know it’s just one photographer with a handheld camera taking photos for non-commercial purposes. They also hire out the space for shoots and sets (it's where The Spice Girls shot Wannabe!).

GASHOLDER PARK

King’s Cross, N1C 4AB

kingscross.co.uk/gasholder-park

Designed by Bell Phillips Architects, this park is really special — you'll find this isolated circular green space, just behind Central St. Martins along Regent’s Canal, in the centre of an iconic London gasholder, surrounded by a series of mirrors. The park isn't very big, but you can spend hours there experimenting with the mirrors and exploring the endless possibilities they have to offer!

HAMPSTEAD HEATH

Hampstead, NW3 / NW5

hampsteadheath.net

M w S by Amalia Navarro

Head up North to Hampstead Heath for a little getaway from London. The park is huge and there are plenty of hidden fields and bits of forest to explore and experiment with — and sunrise on the Heath is breathtaking.

BROMPTON CEMETERY

Fulham Road, Kensington, SW10 9UG

royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton-cemetery

by Amalia Navarro

In my first year in London, I was looking for cemeteries for one of my projects, and originally wanted to go to Highgate Cemetery, but ended up here instead. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I remember being entranced by this unusual eerie, but serene, feeling. I had never felt particularly peaceful in any cemetery before, however, this one had a strange quality, where you felt you could come here to have a moment with yourself and your thoughts.

Please be aware and respectful of the people around you.

BARBICAN ESTATE & CARPARK

Barbican, EC2Y 8BN

Tim0 by Amalia Navarro

The Barbican is a known go-to place to shoot, but the estate has always been a subject of fascination for me. After the World War II bombings in the City of London, the plan was to create a utopian ideal for London residents: twenty years later, reconstruction began in the area, with elevated walkways and green spaces, making the Barbican entirely pedestrian and isolated from busy London streets. Whilst the Barbican Estate is obviously recognisable in a photograph, its intricate network of paths and bridges always points you towards a new discovery, encouraging you to tell your own story.

For this particular car park, enter the Barbican Centre via Silk Street; go through the Barbican Centre, towards the Barbican Kitchen, and exit facing the water. Turn right and near the staircase, there should be an entrance to the car park!

BARBICAN CENTRE & CONSERVATORY

Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS

barbican.org.uk

Meet Jon by Amalia Navarro on SSSHAKE Stories

You can find this corridor on Level 3 of the Barbican Centre. And check the Barbican website to find out opening hours for the Conservatory — it's only open a few days a month.

ADAMS PLAZA BRIDGE

Adams Place,
Canary Wharf, E14 5EL

Meet Anand by Nour Hassaine on SSSHAKE Stories

Tim0 by Amalia Navarro

This futuristic bridge connects One Canada Square to Crossrail Place. It's not that long, but in a photograph, the continuous neon light from one end to the other makes the bridge look endless. I would avoid peak times; you'll struggle getting a shot of the bridge without anyone else in the background, but it's definitely worth going. And whilst you're there, you should check out the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on the top floor of Crossrail Place if you haven't already!

PECKHAM LEVELS

F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark,
95A Rye Ln, SE15 4ST

peckhamlevels.org

Meet Amalia by Nour Hassaine on SSSHAKE Stories

Be aware that this is a staircase leading up to a busy bar/artist studios, so there are people constantly coming up and down. You may run into some problems with the venue if you're looking to do a more complex shoot. However, if you're going with a model and a handheld camera, you should be just fine! Also, each floor is painted in a different colour, with neon lights to match, so you can really play around with light, shadows, and colours.

YELLOW STAIRCASE ON SOUTHBANK

Belvedere Road,
Lambeth, SE1 8XX*

southbankcentre.co.uk

Like the Barbican, the Southbank Centre benefits from elevated walkways and pedestrian areas, making it another interesting Brutalist complex to explore in London.

*The staircase is by the Thames, but there are tons of other interesting spots around the Southbank Centre to discover too!

A few more places on my list, where I have yet to shoot ✨

Location, location, location…

I'm a French-American photographer, based in London, and location, to me, is everything! It not only provides context to the entire image, but can drastically change the atmosphere and message of the photograph.

Although I touch on a variety of subjects within my freelance practice, I consider myself to be a documentary photographer at heart. For me, photography is, before anything, a mode of observation, a snapshot and commentary on a particular moment in a particular environment — and each photograph provides a unique understanding of that singular and irreproducible point in time and space.

In each location, characterised by its own history and experiences, I enter into a dialogue with the space, leaving enough freedom to the moment to enable and welcome its unpredictability.

Here are 10 locations in London that truly have their own personalities…

GOD'S OWN JUNKYARD

Unit 12
Ravenswood Industrial Estate,
Shernall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ

godsownjunkyard.co.uk

Anya by Josie Bonnici on SSSHAKE Stories

This space is like a bright colourful maze, filled with different neon lights and signs. It's a great place to experiment with lights, reflections, and depth of field. And there's a café for you to get a drink after you finish exploring!

They also hire the space for shoots and film sets, so just email before going to let them know it's just one photographer with a handheld camera taking photos for non-commercial purposes.

STAIRCASE AT ST. PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

Euston Road, King’s Cross,
NW1 2AR

stpancraslondon.com

Meet Azon by Amalia Navarro on SSSHAKE Stories

This hotel is connected to St. Pancras Station; in fact, if you've ever taken the Eurostar into London, as you arrive to the platform, you can see some of the suites looking out onto the rails. The hotel is beautiful, and this staircase is truly a masterpiece with curved railings across multiple floors. I could spend hours shooting there, playing with lines and the illusions they create.

Email before going to let them know it’s just one photographer with a handheld camera taking photos for non-commercial purposes. They also hire out the space for shoots and sets (it's where The Spice Girls shot Wannabe!).

GASHOLDER PARK

King’s Cross, N1C 4AB

kingscross.co.uk/gasholder-park

Designed by Bell Phillips Architects, this park is really special — you'll find this isolated circular green space, just behind Central St. Martins along Regent’s Canal, in the centre of an iconic London gasholder, surrounded by a series of mirrors. The park isn't very big, but you can spend hours there experimenting with the mirrors and exploring the endless possibilities they have to offer!

HAMPSTEAD HEATH

Hampstead, NW3 / NW5

hampsteadheath.net

M w S by Amalia Navarro

Head up North to Hampstead Heath for a little getaway from London. The park is huge and there are plenty of hidden fields and bits of forest to explore and experiment with — and sunrise on the Heath is breathtaking.

BROMPTON CEMETERY

Fulham Road, Kensington, SW10 9UG

royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton-cemetery

by Amalia Navarro

In my first year in London, I was looking for cemeteries for one of my projects, and originally wanted to go to Highgate Cemetery, but ended up here instead. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I remember being entranced by this unusual eerie, but serene, feeling. I had never felt particularly peaceful in any cemetery before, however, this one had a strange quality, where you felt you could come here to have a moment with yourself and your thoughts.

Please be aware and respectful of the people around you.

BARBICAN ESTATE & CARPARK

Barbican, EC2Y 8BN

Tim0 by Amalia Navarro

The Barbican is a known go-to place to shoot, but the estate has always been a subject of fascination for me. After the World War II bombings in the City of London, the plan was to create a utopian ideal for London residents: twenty years later, reconstruction began in the area, with elevated walkways and green spaces, making the Barbican entirely pedestrian and isolated from busy London streets. Whilst the Barbican Estate is obviously recognisable in a photograph, its intricate network of paths and bridges always points you towards a new discovery, encouraging you to tell your own story.

For this particular car park, enter the Barbican Centre via Silk Street; go through the Barbican Centre, towards the Barbican Kitchen, and exit facing the water. Turn right and near the staircase, there should be an entrance to the car park!

BARBICAN CENTRE & CONSERVATORY

Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS

barbican.org.uk

Meet Jon by Amalia Navarro on SSSHAKE Stories

You can find this corridor on Level 3 of the Barbican Centre. And check the Barbican website to find out opening hours for the Conservatory — it's only open a few days a month.

ADAMS PLAZA BRIDGE

Adams Place,
Canary Wharf, E14 5EL

Meet Anand by Nour Hassaine on SSSHAKE Stories

Tim0 by Amalia Navarro

This futuristic bridge connects One Canada Square to Crossrail Place. It's not that long, but in a photograph, the continuous neon light from one end to the other makes the bridge look endless. I would avoid peak times; you'll struggle getting a shot of the bridge without anyone else in the background, but it's definitely worth going. And whilst you're there, you should check out the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on the top floor of Crossrail Place if you haven't already!

PECKHAM LEVELS

F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark,
95A Rye Ln, SE15 4ST

peckhamlevels.org

Meet Amalia by Nour Hassaine on SSSHAKE Stories

Be aware that this is a staircase leading up to a busy bar/artist studios, so there are people constantly coming up and down. You may run into some problems with the venue if you're looking to do a more complex shoot. However, if you're going with a model and a handheld camera, you should be just fine! Also, each floor is painted in a different colour, with neon lights to match, so you can really play around with light, shadows, and colours.

YELLOW STAIRCASE ON SOUTHBANK

Belvedere Road,
Lambeth, SE1 8XX*

southbankcentre.co.uk

Like the Barbican, the Southbank Centre benefits from elevated walkways and pedestrian areas, making it another interesting Brutalist complex to explore in London.

*The staircase is by the Thames, but there are tons of other interesting spots around the Southbank Centre to discover too!

A few more places on my list, where I have yet to shoot ✨

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