London is an instagrammer’s heaven, with an ever-growing supply of picture-perfect spots, just waiting for you to get all dressed up and pose in front of. This list is divided into 3 main areas: Central-West London, Central London and Central-East London and are all easily accessible via the tube. So, brush up on your rule of thirds, grab your Oyster card and boyfriend/best friend/confused passer-by and start snapping!
Here’s a handy list of all the places mentioned before you start scrolling:
Central – West London
Pink Houses in Notting Hill & Knightsbridge
EL&N Cafe – Belgravia
Peggy Porschen – Belgravia
Elizabeth Street – Belgravia
Saint Aymes Cafe – Connaught Village
Alice’s Antiques, Portobello Road – Notting Hill
Biscuiteers – Notting Hill
Dalloway Terrace – Bloomsbury
Circo Popolare – Fitzrovia
Petersham Nurseries – Covent Garden
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals – Fitzrovia
Barbican Conservatory – City of London
Street Art – Shoreditch
1. In the Pink
If you know where to look, then London is a pink-lovers dream! There are several candy-coloured houses dotted around West London, including this bright pink house in St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill, made famous for its appearance in the iconic ‘carol singers’ scene in Love Actually. If you’re lucky, the owners will have parked their classic, turquoise bicycle outside which makes for a cute photo op. Over in Knightsbridge, 14 Trevor Square with its pink door and shutters features regularly on the ‘gram. (Bear in mind that these houses do actually belong to people and are private property, so don’t go dangling off their railings or loitering on their front steps for hours!)
West London is where the city’s well-heeled wealthy reside, and so it isn’t surprising that it is home to several upmarket cafes and restaurants that have already gained Instagram fame! Perhaps the most ‘grammed of these is the EL&N cafe chain. There are several of these eye-wateringly pink and girly cafes scattered around West London, each with its own theme, just waiting for you to slide into a candy pink booth. Their pink coffee cups with cute slogans are now available in ceramic versions from the online store so you can carry a bit of pink with you wherever you go.
Speaking of pink, Peggy Porschen’s in Belgravia has become an iconic spot and a photo in front of its pastel facade is a must for any instagrammer worth her salt (or sugar in this case…) You’ll need to arrive suuuuper early to avoid the crowds, otherwise you’ll find you have to join a lengthy queue of girls in cute outfits waiting to be snapped in the doorway. Once you’ve got your shot, be sure to actually step inside this cafe – Peggy’s cakes and iced biscuits are just as aesthetically pleasing as the exterior!
Just around the corner from Peggy Porschen’s is Elizabeth Street, possibly the prettiest road in London with its boutique stores and florists each with their own impressive window displays. Don’t miss a photo outside florists Les Senteurs and Moyses Stevens, which create beautiful, cascading flower designs that tumble onto the street.
Saint Aymes Cafe
Saint Aymes is yet another seriously swoon-worthy cafe, perching just above Hyde Park over in Connaught Village. You can’t get much more ‘Instagram’ than nibbling on a unicorn cookie and sipping on a rose-pink latte while sitting in front of a wall filled with purple flowers now can you?
Portobello Road is a favourite for ‘grammers, with its famous Saturday market and pastel-hued houses. But Alice’s is the star attraction here, with its post-box red exterior, spilling its quirky contents out onto the street. Looking for an antique magnifying glass? A vintage marmalade jar? A ceramic phrenology head? Look no further…
Yet another quirky cafe, but Biscuiteers is a welcome break from all the pink with its strictly monochrome, ‘biscuit-box’ exterior. Inside, you’ll find boxes full of adorable iced biscuit figures which make great gifts or souvenirs. Be sure to pick up a classic, monochrome mug to take home with you too!
Most tourists and first-time visitors to London will stay as close to London’s centre as possible, near well-known areas such as South Bank and Trafalgar Square. Although many places seem designed solely as a tourist trap (I’m looking at you, M&M World in Leicester Square…), there are some spots that are definitely worth visiting and snapping a picture (or 500) for the gram.
Dalloway Terrace is in Bloomsbury, conveniently located just around the corner from the British Museum (which has a very grammable central staircase by the way!) The floral decor changes with the seasons, so you can come back and get a different shot at different times of the year! If its too chilly to sit outside, the new Coral Room salon bar is hidden inside and is possibly even more instagrammable…. don’t believe me? Go check it out for yourself!
With delicious Italian food served on colourful crockery and cocktails served in whimsical cups, (think Boobie mug!) dangling foliage overhead and walls stacked high with colourful bottles this is possibly the most instagrammable restaurant in London. . Circo Popolare is nestled down a quiet side street off bustling Oxford Street, and it’s sister restaurant, Gloria, has just opened in Shoreditch!
These squat little houses tucked down quiet corners of the city were actually used as stables for horses back in the 1800s. Ironically, nowadays they are the most coveted real-estate in the city, selling for extortionate amounts!
The most photogenic Mews houses include those in St Luke’s Mews in Notting Hill, Kynance Mews in South Kensington and Warren Mews in Fitzrovia.
With its endless floral decor and foliage in every nook and cranny, and filled to the brim with antiques and all sorts of expensive, pretty things, Petersham Nurseries is a super photogenic spot. Be sure to pop in if you’re visiting nearby Covent Garden, a former vegetable market that is now one of the most popular tourist spots in London.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals
Step into a whimsical wonderland at this gorgeous Fitrovia bar, filled with all types of dangly flora and fauna. Make a beeline for the white spiral staircase with its trailing ivy and snap a photo or 2, before heading up to the Glass Room and Victorian-esque lounge area, filled with floral armchairs and wonderfully clashing prints. Be sure to linger for a while and check out their impressive cocktail selection.
If you like a more grungy edge to your ‘gram, then the eastern neighbourhoods of Shoreditch and Hoxton, with their street art, buzzing music scene and quirky, independent boutiques are definitely worth a visit!
The Barbican is a big, ugly building hiding a beautiful secret – a lush, tropical rainforest encased in a huge conservatory! This is a popular date spot, as you’ll see lots of couples wandering through the foliage hand in hand, and also a popular spot for budding artists who settle in among the ferns to sketch the scenery. On Sundays you can even have afternoon tea here, which is an instagram dream! This place is truly an escape from the city, but is only open on weekends, so plan your visit in advance!
Shoreditch Street Art
If you’re less into pink cafes and flowers and prefer your gram more colourful and edgy, then look no further than Shoreditch, which is brimming with ever-changing street art adorning almost every building. Famous street artists have graced the walls here, including Banksy, and you’ll find eccentric art in every corner. Fancy a game of ‘Spot the Broccoli’? Head on over to Shoreditch and you’ll see what I mean!
Enjoy exploring London!
I hope this has given you lots of inspo for your next trip to London! Keep doin’ it for the ‘gram!