I’m sure you coped with it OK, but I don’t think he was correct. The estate’s freeholder is the City of London, so the estate itself isn’t private. For example, if it’s anything like the Barbican estate, upkeep of the public outside areas is down to the City of London, and is paid for out of council revenues, rather than residents’ service charges.
Given that, if you’re physically on public property then no one can stop you taking photos of private homes.
Anyway, nice photos :)
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