London is truly an Instagrammer’s dream destination – instagrammable cafés, insta-worthy facades and colourful houses decorate the feeds of London-based influencers and travel bloggers visiting the British capital.
Rain or shine (and, let’s face it, it’s usually raining), the city can inspire any photographer. Here are some of my favourite instagrammable places in London for getting that shot for the ‘gram!
Disclaimer: I have not seen all of London, nor could I possibly list every single spot in one article (or even an entire blog, to be honest). These are just some of my favourites!
The Most Instagrammable Facades
Peggy Porschen is the spot for millennial pink and cupcakes. Who could say no? On a normal day, you will probably spend about half an hour waiting for others to take their photos before you can get one without everyone else in… You have been warned!
There’s just something about quaint London mews… Also, if you were wondering (I was), mews are a row of houses or flats that were converted from stables and are usually built around a courtyard. You probably didn’t care, but London has 433 authentic Mews properties still in existence.
I do not know, however, what a single ‘mew’ constitutes.
One of London’s best-known spots for autumn, you can scroll through the location tag on Instagram and watch the change in seasons through other people’s photos. Tip: check the ‘most recent’ photos before you go to see if the leaves are still there!
I mean, this is obviously not it’s actual name, but it’s pretty fitting. Also known as the ‘fringe door’ (that may or may not need a haircut). This gorgeous autumn spot is located on Wimpole Street, just off of Wigmore Street. Most people don’t tag the location, though, and rather call it ‘Marylebone’, ‘Mayfair’ or the even vaguer ‘London’. Thanks, guys.
The Churchill Arms
Possibly the most instagrammed pub in London (and the UK!). You can see why, though!
Check out Christie’s round up on the 8 Things Not To Miss In London – including Notting Hill and The Churchill Arms!
The Most Instagrammable Colourful Gems
Neal’s Yard is a little alley in Covent Garden with colourful store front, lots of foliage, and a bunch of stores and cafés to amuse yourself for an afternoon. And yes, Neal’s Yard Remedies did begin here (in 1981!).
Notting Hill, most notably Portobello Road, is a great spot for photographing colourful terraces. Aren’t they so cute?!
Chelsea, also in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (just like Notting Hill), also has rows of colourful houses but is generally less visited by tourists – perfect for getting your shot without other people in!
The Most Instagrammable Interiors
Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush
The Dorsett Hotel in Shepherd’s Bush is housed in a former cinema, making the interior ultra instagrammable! The atrium is a true work of art, as are all the rooms. Elegant decor really makes this hotel!
Disclaimer: I was kindly hosted by the Dorsett during my stay in London. All opinion are, as always, my own!
Dating from the 14th century, this covered market was actually Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films! Definitely necessitates a visit then…
Not just an ultra instagrammable spot in London, but also a great restaurant! Plus their outdoor area has heating, so it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a mulled wine on a winter evening.
Who doesn’t love a good bookshop? The main branch is in a former Edwardian bookshop and they specialise in travel books too (erm, yes please)!
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
I added this hotel just because of the staircase. Book a stay at the beautiful St. Pancras Renaissance and take aaaaaaaaaall of the photos!
The Most Instagrammable London Cafés
Flotsam & Jetsam
4 Bellevue Parade, London SW17 7EQ.
Come for the brightly coloured coffee, stay for the delicious food!
194 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES.
A luxury biscuit boutique café. Need I say more?
Farm Girl Café
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB.
It should not surprise you in the slightest that this (highly instagrammable) café is in Notting Hill. They have some intriguing coffees (including a rose latte and a charcoal latte), and the pancakes are seriously recommended. They are SO GOOD.
However, expect to queue!
18 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QA.
Coffee, cinnamon buns and an instagrammable exterior. Mmhmm.
Watch out world, there’s a new kid on the block! This pink gem is an Instagram highlight (with cafes in both Mayfair and Knightsbridge) and has a delightful menu with vegan breakfasts, Middle Eastern-inspired lunches and their delicious Spanish latte (not to forget their ruby latte – pink of course!).
The Most Instagrammable Tourist Hotspots
St Paul’s Cathedral
I mean, you can’t go to London and not go to St. Paul’s! This is one of my favourite angles to photograph the cathedral – 1 New Change is the address you need!
I haven’t actually been up the Shard (yet), but even without going up you can still get some great shots of London’s newest landmark, rather than from it. Also, writing this article meant that I learned The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union
until the UK leaves – who knew?!
I mean, you’re in London. YOU HAVE TO.
Even though I never have.
Instagrammable Spots for the Festive Period!
Natural History Museum
Head to the Natural History Museum for a beautiful winter scene, ice rink and all!
Another of London’s best festive spots – the ice rink (and Christmas tree) at Somerset House.
A hotspot for those in need of retail therapy, plus some super pretty Christmas lights
that my dad thought were spiders’ webs.
Home to the well-known Covent Garden Market
(and also often known as ‘Convent Garden’ by me since I can’t type), Covent Garden gets all decked out for the festive season. Pop by the beautiful Petersham Nurseries store before you head to Neal’s Yard!
I am sure there are many other instagrammable places in London that I missed in this article – there are so many! You can just wander around most of the boroughs and find a cute café or an instagrammable facade, which is what I love to do when I have a spare hour in the city.
Do you have any top Instagram spots in London? Let me know in the comments!
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