18,000-Photo London Time-Lapse Captures the Hustle and Bustle of the UK Capital

If you’re in the US and you’ve decided to brave Black Friday to get the most recent must-have Elmo, here’s an awesome London time-lapse that’ll give you a chance to escape the Black Friday madness, if not the crowds, for a few minutes.

The time-lapse was put together by photographer Paul Richardson who, we have reason to know, can spot an awesome time-lapse from a mile away. If you look to past time-lapses we’ve shared, you’ll often spot a ‘Thank you for sending in the tip, Paul!’ at the bottom.

Given that he’s so good at finding quality time-lapses, we knew that it was going to be something special when he got in touch with us about his own.


His creation — an impressive motion time-lapse that takes you on a tour of London — beautifully captures the heartbeat of one of the world’s busiest cities.

In all, it took him some eight days and approximately 200 miles worth of biking (while toting 48lbs of gear no less) to capture all 18,000 photos needed for the first rough cut. Gear wise, he used a Canon 6D attached to a 17-40mm f/4, a 50mm f/1.8, and a 70-200mm f/4 in turn. Motion sequences were shot using a home-built dolly and an Emotimo TB3.

As he explains in the video description, Restless Nights is about capturing “The true 24/7 nature of [London]; it really is a place that never sleeps.” To see more of Richardson’s work, be sure head over to both his website and Facebook page by hitting the corresponding links.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Paul! ;)

  • Richard Pérez

    AWESOME Timelapse! Uff!

  • sELF

    Excellent. As someone who had been out of London for a few years, when I returned recently, it actually hit my mind in a similar way to this accurate portrayal!

  • agour

    Thanks for posting this, I really appreciate it! :) Been a follower for a years, so it’s a privilege having my work up!

    If anyone wants to follow my work into the future (I’ve got BIG plans), you can find me on facebook:

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  • DSLR Video Studio

    Really mesmerising timelapse -

  • bobbylove

    Awesome work. On a practical level how do keep all your gear safe during the shoot? Do you have security?

  • agour

    Stand very close to it :) It would be pretty hard for someone to pick it up and walk off!

  • araczynski

    didn’t seem that busy for london :( or at least I recall it being much livelier when i was there, 20 years ago :( everyone’s probably too busy with their technojunk gadgets to be out and about doing anything :)