I have done many interior shots from around the world, such as Zagreb Cathedral in Croatia and Opera Garnier in Paris, but it's been a while since I went out in London for some.
Although a very common shot from this location, I wanted my own take on it and it finally took magnificent shot by John Esslinger to get my ass in gear and make the trek to Greenwich. And what a trek it was.
I live in North West London and Greenwich is in South East London. Normally when the Jubilee line is runing, it takes me about an hour. Sadly, during my trip, this line had a signal failure and it took me over two and a half hours to make the journey. Luckily I was aiming for interior shots, as it was pouring down with rain.
Once I had arrived, the whole area was filled with tents and vans and generators. It turns out that they were filming a movie version of Les Misérables there, staring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter. The Painted Hall was in line with the current shoot, so the production company had staff in the room stopping people from crossing the hall every now and again during takes. I managed to persuade them to stop people behind me, so I had a completely clear room for a few minutes. Bonus!
The room has a couple of shiny, wheeled tables in it, so that you may view the decorated ceiling without straining your neck. I used it to get the reflection of the more ornate section of the room. It required a little wheeling around the room, but I got there in the end.