Up for grabs is a decadent afternoon tea for two at The Charing Cross hotel – an ex-railway station turned luxury hotel which oozes old-world charm.
To kick things off and give you some inspiration, we sat down with photographer, London resident and blogger Mo Grieg to find out what she loves most about her city…
Guoman Hotels’ photography competition
What screams London to you? Is it a scene at the underground with commuters purposefully and rhythmically dashing about? Is it iconic landmarks like the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament or Trafalgar Square? Or maybe it’s a stolen moment of calm in one of the city’s parks.
We want you to start looking at the city through a camera lens and sending us some of the amazing scenes you’ve captured. One lucky winner will win themselves a delectable afternoon tea for two at The Charing Cross hotel. You’ll sip tea from fine china and nibble on delicate scones, pastries and sandwiches in the stunning surrounds of a restored railway station in the heart of London.
Mo Greig: my London
Londoner Mo Greig writes the A Glimpse of London blog and is constantly inspired by her city. Here she shares some photography tips with us and muses on what makes London so photogenic…
Hi Mo. Can you tell us why you’re such a fan of London life?
London is so exciting. Every day that I’ve lived here has been an adventure. It’s impossible to ever be bored in London. Right now I’m missing it like crazy and can’t wait to get back, even though I’m only away for a couple of weeks.
Is London a photogenic city?
London has a lovely soft light that makes it ideal for photographing people. It also changes throughout the seasons so you can get a totally different view of the same place throughout the year.
What’s the people-watching like in London?
London is the best city in the world for people watching. Its diversity and multiculturalism are like nowhere else on the planet. English people are so quirky so every day is an adventure. I love to park myself on a park bench or at a cafe and spend the whole day people watching. Such fun.
I love to walk around the streets of London, that way I see things you miss if you’re on the tube or in a bus. I like to go to a cafe I haven’t been to before or be inspired by the buildings, parks and streets which are overflowing with history.
Not everyone realises it, but London was originally a Roman town and so much of that history remains undiscovered. You can still find yourself an old Roman coin washed up along the banks of the Thames.
London’s definitely the best place in the world for artists and designers. The most innovative work happens here, so I’ll visit two or three galleries every week.
Eating out can be very cheap in London and I can find great food from anywhere in the world. Have you seen how thick the good eats guides are? They are only a tiny selection of what’s on offer. Summertime walking along the canals and finding an outdoor café is a must
What’s the best photograph you’ve taken of London?
Oh that is difficult, I have so many. Perhaps some of my rooftop views, simply because it’s difficult to get access to some of the best roofs.When I do, it feels like such a privilege to be able to share the view with my readers.
It’s great when I’m in just the right place for an event. For the Queen’s birthday celebrations this year I was close to the cannon firing. Thousands line the streets to see the procession but not many know about the ritual associated with the cannon firing.
What’s the secret to capturing a scene on camera?
Patience. Just sitting observing the environment means you will be able to anticipate when something is about to happen and get the shot you want.
What would surprise people about life in London?
How friendly everyone is and how safe the city is.
What do you like to photograph?
Anything quirky, especially if people are involved. The English love to dress up, especially on the weekends. You’ll find them wearing the oddest and funniest outfits without any inhibitions (plus they’re usually happy to be photographed).
How to enter
Inspired by Mo? Why not start taking your camera with you and snapping London scenes to enter into our photography competition? Simply email your pics to photos@Guoman.co.uk or tweet them to @GuomanHotels using the #Londonphotocomp hashtag.
We can’t wait to see all the fabulous photos you’ll be taking of our favourite city in the world!
Terms & Conditions
• This competition is open to UK residents only. No purchase necessary.
• Entrants must be over 18 to enter. One entry per person. Employees of the Guoman & Thistle Group or LBi are excluded.
• The prize is an afternoon tea for two at the Charing Cross hotel’s Brasserie Restaurant. The prize is subject to availability and is non-transferable. There will be no cash alternative
• Photos entered must not be libellous, obscene, a breach of privacy or otherwise unlawful.
• Entries can be shared on Twitter by tweeting to @GuomanHotels using the #Londonphotocomp hashtag or emailed to photos@Guoman.co.uk. Entires close on 30 September and the winner will be chosen then notified by email.
• Guoman Hotels will choose the winner which they feel has captured London the best. There will only be one winner, if the winner is unavailable or does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.
• Entrants retain the copyright in their entries and grant Guoman Hotels and its permitted licences a non-exclusive licence to use for their respective business purposes in connection with the competition.
• The competition is run by Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited, PO Box 909, Bath Road, Uxbridge, UB8 9FH.