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On the Fringes of London’s Street Style with Damien Frost

To see more photos of the characters Damien captures, follow @harmonyhalo on Instagram.

“I’m often attracted to the more flamboyantly dressed—people living their own opera and acting out their theater on the street.”

Damien Frost (@harmonyhalo) is an Australian graphic designer who lives in London, where he makes posters for ballet and opera houses. Though self-described as reserved and conservatively dressed, Damien is drawn to the eccentric. Every day after work, he searches the city—sometimes for hours—until he has a “random encounter” that produces a portrait of a stranger’s creative style.

“I’m attracted to people on the fringes, whether that be on the fringe of fashion or gender or just what is considered mainstream,” Damien says, “but sometimes it might just be a little subtle touch, a flower in the hair, nice makeup or just a general style that the person seems to be inhabiting very well.”

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London’s @globemakers keep an old tradition alive

To view more photos and videos from Peter’s studio in London, explore the Bellerby Globemakers location page and follow @globemakers on Instagram.

Bellerby and Co. Globemakers (@Globemakers), a small business in a leafy borough in northeast London, is keeping the tradition of bespoke globemaking alive.

Peter Bellerby wanted to buy a globe as a present for his father’s 80th birthday, but found there were only expensive antiques or reproductions available. After two years of trying to create the perfect globe, Peter turned this newfound passion into an artisan business. Today, he is one of three known globemakers in the world and the only handmade globemaker.

Peter had to learn the process that the globemakers before him had taken to the grave. From his warehouse studio, his team handles woodworking, engraving the meridians and applying watercolored papers—with no ripples or overlaps—to the globes by hand in painstaking fashion. Small globes can take a month, and the largest can require six to eight months to complete.

"Globes, inspire people to travel, to learn about the planet, and provide geographical knowledge about how the world was at the time it was produced," says Peter’s fiancée Jade, who decided to document daily life of in the studio on Instagram. "I love Instagram as I feel you can sum up the best part of the day in one or two photos and skip all the less interesting things between."

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Adventures in Doll Making with @Tilly2Milly

For more photos and videos from Davorka’s dolls in London, follow @tilly2milly on Instagram.

For London Instagrammer Davorka Andjelic (@tilly2milly), Instagram is a playful home to document the travels of her many handmade dolls. The dolls started life in the classroom where Davorka works as a teaching assistant. Inspired by the creativity of the young children she worked with—”their sweet natures and rosy cheeks”—she began to experiment with different materials.

"Making my dolls is a journey," she says. "I love the fact that at the beginning of the process I don’t have clear vision about the finished doll." To create the dolls, Davorka finds an outfit and parts for the face from old magazines. Next, she creates a base from cardboard and the Financial Times's iconic salmon-pink newspaper.

Davorka takes the dolls with her around her home in Hampstead, North London, as well as on her travels from the colorful streets of Brick Lane to fisherman huts along the English coast at Dungeness headland in Kent.

"The biggest compliment for me is when people say my photos remind them of their childhood," Davorka says. "I love the innocence of early years and strongly believe adults should ‘play’ as well. I hope my photos inspire people to dig out old photos and experience them in new light."

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Saving Southbank Skatepark with @rich__

To view more photos and videos from Southbank skatepark, explore the Southbank Skate Park location page.

Strolling tourists along London’s Southbank next to the River Thames might at first miss the graffitied walls of the undercroft skatepark. The skatepark is home to skateboarders, graffiti artists and freestyle cyclists. Local Instagrammers also visit to shoot street art and take advantage of the park’s scenic vantage point of the London Eye and skyline.

"The main railing is a great place to stand and snap away," says Rich Pearce (@rich__) who often visits the location to shoot. “The far ends are where the jumps and wipeouts happen, but great shots can be taken from the inside as the light comes through in various places.”

Development plans have put the existing skatepark at risk, but Southbank Centre promises another skatepark just 120 meters (394 feet) away from the current site as part of the new plans. Still, protests to preserve the current skatepark, led by the group Long Live Southbank (@savesouthbank), have gained high-profile support from artist Damien Hirst, singer Rita Ora (@ritaora) and boxer Mike Tyson (@miketyson).

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Local Lens: Exploring Hampstead Heath with @adamsheath

In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around their hometown. Explore more of Hampstead Heath on Pergola and Hill Garden, Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath location pages.

As the community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.

In the second of our two-part series of local guides to London, Instagrammer Adam Sheath (@adamsheath) takes us around one of the city’s most famous parks and its hidden secrets: “For lovers or nature and country walks, there’s no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of London life than Hampstead Heath. Not only does ‘The Heath’ offer great walking paths surrounded by woods, ponds and wildlife, you can stroll up to the top of Parliament Hill (otherwise known as Kite Hill) and be greeted with a skyline view of London – the Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Gherkin and can all be seen from here. Tip: visit in snowfall for a magical winter wonderland experience.

"Other treats in this great location include Kenwood House (a grand, white neo-classical building housing a free art gallery with famous works), the Pergola and Hill Garden, Hampstead’s best-kept secret and a firm favorite for fashion photographers wanting a perfect setting. Tip: Go in Summer when the Pergola is covered in fragrant flowers or on weekdays to have the place to yourself.”

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Local Lens: Exploring London’s East End with @chaiwalla

Since launching, we’ve seen the Instagram community share their local places with the rest of the world through Instagram and meetups. In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot in their city. Explore more of London’s East end on the Columbia Road, Victoria Park and Hackney Wick location pages.

As our community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.

As part of a new series of local guides, London Instagrammer @chaiwalla shares his favorite places to Instagram in the UK capital, away from typical scenes of the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, in the city’s East end:

Victoria Park is a beautiful and tranquil escape from the bustle of the city. The greatest thing about paying regular visits here is that you get to capture the seasons changing—vibrant orange colours in autumn, blooming flowers in spring and clean white snow in a vast expanse in winter. If you’re very lucky, you may find atmospheric thick fog!

Columbia Road with its cobbled streets, decorative and colourful front doors, twee shop façades and its lively flower market make this place an absolute must visit if you’re out and about on a Sunday.”

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Stuff @lastopp Sees When Cycling London

Want to see more of Lindsey’s photos? Be sure to follow her on Instagram: @lastopp.

From Tower Bridge to the London Eye, London resident Lindsey Stopp (@lastopp) takes you on a grand tour of her city’s iconic sights from the seat of her beloved bicycle.

Lindsey started snapping Instagram photos in May 2012 when she bought her first bike and London was alive with Olympic preparations. She takes her mobile photos on the move and edits them later on Instagram. “I cycle everywhere, everyday, and there’s always something that catches my eye…even when I think I won’t find a photo in an area I’ve been 100 times before, I always do.”

Lindsey tells us her inspiration for the series came from other Instagrammers:

"I started to follow more and more talented people who were taking amazing pictures, and they inspired me to share mine. The Instagram experience so far has been incredible, and I love the sense of community and all the wonderful people I’ve come across who are extremely talented and have been very supportive of my photos."

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London’s Millennium Bridge

Want to see more photos? Visit the Millennium Bridge location page.

The London Millennium Footbridge is a steel suspension pedestrian bridge stretching across the River Thames. It connects the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern on one side, and faces St. Paul’s Cathedral on the other, framing the iconic dome perfectly and making the bridge one of the most photogenic places in London. Construction of the bridge began in 1998, and it officially opened in June, 2000.

Spotlight: London

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Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. — Samuel Johnson

It’s been a great year for Londoners. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brought exhibitions, concerts and royal events to the city, and the Olympic Games will usher in hundreds of thousands of visitors when it kicks off this Friday, July 27th.

Want to see London for yourself? We’ve gathered together a group of our favorite users who are snapping pictures from the heart of it all.

82,000 Poppies Fall on London

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View more pictures of the Bomber Command events by browsing photos taken at Green Park or tagged #bombercommand

Yesterday in London’s Green Park the Queen unveiled a new memorial to the servicemen of the RAF’s Bomber Command who served during World War II. As part of the ceremony, the Lancaster Bomber scattered 82,000 poppies from the sky in tribute to the 55,573 airmen who lost their lives.