Your Rights as a Photographer in the U.K.

No one can make you stop filming them if you’re in a public place: it’s your right to do so.

If you’re on public property, you can take photos of whatever you like. Whether it’s property or people, you don’t need anyone’s permission.

Some people are going to tell you that you can’t take photos of private property, such as bank buildings and people’s houses. So long as you are on public property, you can.

This means that you can take photos in public libraries, museums, government buildings, from the street and anywhere else public. The only case where you can’t take pictures is if there’s a specific law that prevents such shooting.

There is no expectation of privacy in a public place, If your eyes can see it then you can video or photograph it, No permission is required. You do not have to identify yourself to anyone unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that you are committing or about to crime.

If a building official states that their policy does not allow video in their publicly accessible  areas then you should remind them that their policies cannot transcend the law.

You’re also allowed to take photos in private property that is open to public, such as shopping centers, malls, pubs, restaurants, etc. You will, however, have to stop if the owner/management ask you to. Sounds fair enough to me.

You don’t need a person’s consent to take their photo if they are in a public place. They do, however, have a reasonable right to privacy, so you can’t be intrusive if they’re in a private place, such as their own home.
This means that, if they’re walking down the street, you can take their photo. But you must not take photos through their private property windows.