Look at these 13 awesome photos of Euston


Photographer Dan Hall takes a sideways glance at the neighbourhood



We recently celebrated our second birthday here at Eustontowner – which means twenty-four months of our photographer Dan Hall prowling the streets in search of striking images.

This means portraits of the illustrious residents, business-owners and Londoners who make up the diverse demographic of the area, as well as key thoroughfares from quirky Chalton Street, with its market, and famous Drummond Street, still one of the capital’s main destinations for south-east Asian fare.

Below are some of the ones that got away: images that we think sometimes unexpectedly capture the captivating mood of Euston.

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1-3. Life on Chalton street triptych

Photo: Dan Hall

“These scenes seem to sum up the enigmatic thoroughfare of Chalton Street, in all its laidback and workmanlike usefulness,” says Dan. “My use of colour could be improved, but with this shot I do feel I got it right. I love the shout-out of pinky-purple amongst the duller blues and greens. There was nothing posed here; she simply walked by with a bag under her arm as I was preparing for another shot. Thankfully one of my favourite lenses (an F1.4 80mm prime) was still on the camera, a lens normally kept for portrait rather than street photography.”

Photo: Dan Hall

“I then applied it to this very different shot (above). It can be tempting to always take pictures of “things” rather than spaces. Several shots were taken at this angle, and this one made the cut because of the couple on the right hand side. Clearly mid-stride, they give a sense of movement and life to an otherwise rather static image.”

Photo: Dan Hall

“Finally, the F1.4 80mm prime lens gives this picture a rather curious 3D feel, with everything before and after the cyclist going quickly out of focus. We rarely seem to see children messing about on streets any longer, and I liked how this felt like a cohesive group, gossiping and wandering, with the cyclist clearly eager not to miss out on the news.”

4. Looking Good

Photo: Dan Hall

At 7ft tall – a foot of that provided by her platform heels and another from her meticulously curled weave – Sandra is a vibrant addition to Drummond Street, and has run her intimate hair and beauty salon for three years. “When the lighting outside is much brighter then inside it’s difficult to shoot without an expensive rig,” says Dan, of the nicely framed shot. “There was no rig here – just me. So deciding to exposure the picture for the outside light levels meant inside would be dark, and that got me thinking of a near-silhouette shot as my subject had such amazing hair. This might be one of my favourites.” 144 Drummond Street NW1

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5. Ambala

Photo: Dan Hall

One of the most prestigious Indian confectionary stores, Ambala started in 1964 when founder Mohammed Ali Khan concocted sweet recipes in his kitchen; the following year he opened his first shop in Drummond Street. “I was delighted to have grabbed this chap being laughed at by his colleagues,” says photographer Dan Hall. “He was self-conscious at first, but their good-natured mockery relaxed him for long enough to grab the shot.” 112-114 Drummond Street NW1

6. Indian Spice Shop


“People come in from all over to shop here: we even have visitors from India, who say they can’t even get this back home,” says owner Harish, while holding up a bag of spices. Dan adds that he definitely owes “a nod to Martin Parr here, one of my favourite photographers. Food is tricky when you don’t have the budget to shoot lifestyle-type shots. So I wanted to show the workers as well as the product, and I achieved it by showing how shelf-proud they are.” 115 Drummond Street NW1

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7. Crown & Anchor

Photo: Dan Hall

As its sole watering hole, this is arguably the heart of Drummond Street, a listed building from the 1820s. “Finding new ways to photograph pubs is always a challenge,” says Dan. “The lights at this venue are particularly well-kept, and I enjoyed how their classic design contrasted with starkly modern build in the background. The contrast of old and new reflects the perfect rhythm of the Euston area.” 137 Drummond Street NW1

8. Euston tube

Photo: Dan Hall

“The old tube stations are so beautiful to look at,” says Dan, and yet I find them almost impossible to photograph. Their mood is so unique that just the one snap is rarely enough. However I found this eccentric detail in what is essentially a municipal piece of architecture, and felt its mix of high-design and practicality was a perfect metaphor for the tube itself.”

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9. Chutney’s

Photo: Dan Hall

This was the third Indian veggie restaurant to open on the street back in 1987: it’s simply decorated, with vast lunch buffet offerings. “I could not have chosen a more inconvenient moment to photograph this venue, as it was rammed to the rafters with hungry patrons,” remembers Dan. “Nonetheless the two members of staff found the time to look remarkably calm in what was a glorious cacophony of chatter and delicious cooking smells.” 124 Drummond Street NW1

10. Eastnor Castle

Photo: Dan Hall

This pub at the most northerly end of Chalton Street closed in 2013 and is now housing. “It has heavy-set, high-contrast signage,” says Dan. “So I took advantage of that here by allowing it to be blurred, and yet still legible. This meant the picture could allow its focus on something a tad more surprising – in this case the branches of a tree. But the space given to the sign and building means it is not missed.” North end of Chalton Street NW1

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11. RPS Halal Shopkeepers

Photo: Dan Hall

Over the last two years we’ve featured many shopkeepers in the area – but not these two from RPS. “People are usually surprised when you ask to photograph them, and these chaps weren’t the exception,” says Dan. “But they relaxed once I explained the shot, how the blues of their clothes complemented the blue of their signage and the racks. Showing them the shot on the camera they were amused that the colour schemed worked so well – and accidentally.” 40 Chalton St NW1

12. Danger Sign

Photo: Dan Hall

This underlines the immense history of the area – and conjures up an image of a network of twisting subterranean caverns. “Patterns in the chaos of cities have always interested me,” says Dan, “so this series of 90-degree intersections appealed. Added to that there’s nothing more fascinating than the idea of London-below-London, and I enjoy how the sign hints at this.” Chalton Street NW1

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13. Simply Fried

Photo: Dan Hall

“Another nod to Martin Parr whose work taught me the humour of packaging,” says Dan. “There is a real snobbery towards fast-food places, and every shot I took seemed to encourage that view. What I liked about this was the order, cleanliness and neatness of everything, contrasting with our usual preconceptions of dirt and chaos. I also like the box designs, especially the not-so-catchy “Chicken – My Favourite Chicken”. 129 Drummond Street NW1

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