I’d been meaning to check out the new Blavatnik Building extension at Tate Modern for a while, and finally did so last week. At the top of the building is an open-air viewing platform with fantastic 360-degree aerial views across London.

As a photographer, the open-air aspect is massively helpful for obvious reasons. Whilst you can get great views of London from the Shard building or Sky Garden, those views are from behind glass which makes life difficult.

You can’t use tripods in those other locations either, and I wasn’t sure you could here, so I just used it and nobody complained. I even ended up shooting a quick timelapse video too.

As it was a cold winter evening it wasn’t very busy when I was there either, so I doubt you could get away with using a tripod on a summer day packed with tourists.

This is a spot I will definitely return to in the future, it’s free to go there, and you get fantastic views of the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Shard building and the City of London financial district.

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