London is a beautiful city, and whether you’re a local or you want the best holiday snaps you can get from your trip- this is the only guide you need to the most instagrammable places in London.
From traditional shots of Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, to more quirky ‘insider’ London locations like God’s Own Junkyard- you will find the perfect backdrops to any Instagram portrait. It’s the complete London Instagram guide to the most stunning, insta-worthy locations in London.
The London landscape changes rapidly throughout the seasons- you’ll find cherry blossoms in April, wisteria in May, and autumn leaves in October. Time your visit appropriately and you may be able to find some beautiful natural foliage in the background of your photos.
The Most Instagrammable Places In London
Peggy Porschen is pink, floral, and fantastic. You can see why this cake shop is every Instagrammers dream. Luckily, there are two locations- one in the charming Belgravia neighbourhood, and the other in Chelsea.
The café changes it’s outside décor seasonally- so you’ll find exquisite looks for spring, summer, Halloween and Christmas.
It’s understandably a very popular photo spot- so time your visit wisely. The café is open from 8am most days so visit before 9 to have the best chance of getting the photo that you want without interruptions. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking for that perfectly pink shot.
God’s Own Junkyard
God’s Own Junkyard is a fabulous ‘museum’ which house hundreds of bright neon signs. Some signs are vintage, some are new, and some are upcycled. The owner of God’s Own Junkyard, Chris Bracey, has made neon signs for over 37 years and has a cult following in both London and the UK.
Some of these signs are hired for events, have been used in movies, and have been wondered at by many. Get to the junkyard to pose next to these flattering lights and tongue-in-cheek messages.
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Perhaps one of the more classic instagrammable places in London, Tower Bridge is a picture-perfect iconic landmark. Forget postcards, and take a photo of your own to show your friends and family back home.
Nestled away in Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a vibrant, colourful courtyard that is guaranteed to be popular on Instagram.
The courtyard is crammed with healthy eateries and of course a Neal’s Yard Apothecary store. Find it between Monmouth Street and Shorts Gardens- it’s an easy one to visit whilst you’re in the Covent Garden area.
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Leadenhall Market is so grand that it was featured as part of Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films. With ornate ceilings and a beautiful Christmas tree come December, it’s a must-visit for a stunning Instagram post.
You could almost miss this market which is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of central London life, but if you head here on a Sunday you could almost feel like you’re the only person there!
Chelsea In Bloom
Every year the Chelsea neighbourhood is transformed for the Chelsea Flower Show in May. If you head to Chelsea at this time many stores and businesses will have extravagant floral displays in their windows and outside their stores.
A particularly stunning display is always the Ivy Chelsea Garden on the Kings Road.
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St Paul’s Cathedral
Another iconic London landmark is St Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s is world famous and has the added bonus of looking great on Instagram.
This landmark can be found in central London, it’s easy to stop by on the tube- the closest tube station is actually called St Paul’s and is on the central line.
Belgravia in spring
At the turn of spring, you can bet that many of the boutiques in Belgravia will be decorated with lush swathes of flowers. One of the best areas in Belgravia to see these floral displays is Elizabeth Street. From early March the boutiques along this street compete with their extravagant floral displays.
A bonus of visiting this street is that Peggy Porschen is only just around the corner!
Seven Dials is an interesting network of seven streets that connects Covent Garden to Soho. Along these streets you will find pastel coloured boutiques, cafes and eateries.
It’s a must-see if you’re in the area, and whilst you’re there you can take a look at Neal’s Yard!
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Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market is an instagrammers dream. Every Sunday this road in Bethnal Green is transformed into a beautiful flower market- a great photo opportunity.
Here you can find bunches of flowers, house plants and even small trees. The pretty street is also lined with independent shops and colourful doors which make the perfect backdrop for any Instagram photo.
Richmond is a gorgeous West London location for lots of photographs. Not only are there stunning houses to marvel at, there is also the beautiful view of the river from the top of Richmond Hill. Not to mention you’re also a stone’s throw from the quaint Petersham Nurseries.
Head on a bit further up the hill and you soon get to Richmond Park. The most wonderful thing about this park is the wild deer- walk around the park for half an hour and you’ll soon spot some of them.
And if you really want to stretch your legs, you can even walk as far as Isabella Plantation which is a stunning flower garden right in the heart of Richmond Park.
Wisteria appears in late spring from May to June. If you’re in London at this time it’s a great opportunity to snap some photos of grand houses adorned with wisteria.
One area that has plenty of wisteria strewn houses is Kensington. Head to Kynance Mews in Kensington in late spring and your dreams of wisteria photos will be answered.
Possibly the most instagrammable location of them all, Sketch is the pink bar and restaurant with the futuristic looking loos that you’ve probably seen all over Instagram already.
Make a reservation here for afternoon tea or lunch to take in the interiors at your leisure- and get snapping!
The Churchill Arms
A guide to instagrammable places in London would not be complete without mentioning a London pub. Pubs are a British icon in their own right, and so if you’re going to take a photo of a pub, it may as well be this one.
The Churchill Arms is located in Kensington and the abundance of flowers outside it makes it perhaps one of the prettiest pubs in the area.
Portobello Road is located in Notting Hill and is a must-go for anyone looking for the perfect London Instagram post. There are multi-coloured houses, mews houses, market stalls and more in this picture-perfect area of London.
If you’ve seen the film Notting Hill, you may even spot that special blue door that was featured in the film itself!
Burlington Arcade is a shopping arcade which is the epitome of luxury in London. Near Bond Street, the arcade is home to fine jewellers, perfumers and fashion houses. The most notable store being Ladurée, which is famed for its picture-perfect macaroons.
Aside from the beautiful stores, Burlington Arcade often also has stunning displays hanging from the ceiling which are perfect for Instagram.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern
Mr Fogg’s is a traditional Victorian tavern, right in the middle of Covent Garden. The beautiful thing about this venue is that they have gorgeous floral displays outside their doors every season. In spring, it’s beautiful flowers, and come winter it’s starting to look a little like Christmas.
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