London is a fantastic place for lovers of the arts, with a huge number of galleries and academies dedicated to each creative pursuit. Yet while most people tend to think of the city as a top destination for theatre and traditional arts such as painting and sculpture, it would be a shame not to recognise the many wonderful photography galleries that can be found all over the capital.
Perhaps the best place to start is at the aptly named Photographers' Gallery, which can be found on Ramillies Street, close to Oxford Circus. A number of internationally acclaimed photographers have exhibited their work here – including the likes of Sally Mann, Tom Wood, Geraldo De Barros and more – and the venue also hosts the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize each year.
As well as looking around the exhibitions, visitors can look through the gallery's wonderful bookshop, which sells a fantastic range of photography books and tools. There really is no better place for budding photographers to get some inspiration.
On nearby Eastcastle Street, meanwhile, is the Getty Images Gallery, where visitors can browse through an extensive collection of negatives, prints and transparencies from the world's most famous stock photography agency.
Getty's pictures have appeared on a daily basis in newspapers around the world for more than 150 years, and continue to dominate many of the UK's major publications. The gallery, which is accessible from Oxford Circus tube station, contains the largest collection of archived and contemporary images on the planet.
Elsewhere, the Magnum Print Room on Gee Street is a fantastic place for those who want to learn a little about the masters of the art, with legendary photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa among the gallery's founders.
What makes this particular establishment so unique is that it's a cooperative that's owned and run by photographers, and counts a number of the world's top photojournalists among its current members.
Gee Street is just a short walk from Old Street station.