10 of the Most Instagrammable Places in London
When it comes to your Instagram feed, London doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re after photogenic food, vibrant street art, classic architecture, or the city’s best-kept secrets, England’s capital has it all. Don't know where to start? Follow our guide to find out exactly where to snap the most Instagram-worthy photos in London, all while discovering the hidden corners of the city that only the locals know about.
There’s no better place in London to get a jumping pic in front of street art than in Shoreditch, home to the highest concentration of murals and neo-graffiti in the capital. While you’re there, don’t miss more secluded Insta-worthy spots such as Rivington Street, Great Eastern Street, and Seven Stars Yard. Plus, nearby Brick Lane offers a variety of bagel joints, vintage boutiques, and some of the capital’s best curry.
Home to some of London’s most colorful houses and cutest brunch spots, Notting Hill offers a wealth of picture-perfect backdrops. Strike a pose in front of the pastel-colored homes of St. Luke’s Mew and Lancaster Row before snapping a picture of a lavender latte at the iconic Farm Girl Cafe.
God’s Own Junkyard
City of London
As soon as you lay eyes on Leadenhall Market, you know exactly why it was featured in not one but two Harry Potter films. The grand and airy covered market dates back to the 14th century, and its cobbled floors and swooping glass roof are ready and waiting to be photographed. Plus, you’ll find a great range of boutique shops, bars, and restaurants in this historic space.
Nature has reclaimed a section of the Barbican’s iconic brutalist architecture at the Barbican Conservatory, a verdant hidden gem and tropical oasis. Pose beside towering palms and serpentine vines, and keep your eyes peeled for exotic fish and birds. Admission is free, but you’ll need to book your ticket in advance.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
Deemed a monstrosity by some and a beacon of modern architecture by others, the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide is one of London’s most unique structures—and the tallest sculpture in the UK. Best photographed in the evening when it’s illuminated against the night sky, the sculpture is also home to a hard-raising heater skelter slide and an observation platform that boasts panoramic views of the city.
Experience the sweet serenity of Japanese zen at Kyoto Garden, a magical, tranquil plot in Holland Park, West London. Hailed as one of the most beautiful green spaces in the capital, the garden features serene, tiered waterfalls, ponds full of giant koi carp, wandering peacocks, and stone features–the ideal backdrop for your Instagram grid.
The Ivy Asia
Few restaurants can boast a life-sized cherry blossom tree in the center of their dining room, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The Ivy Asia’s spectacular interior. Feast your eyes on East Asian trinkets and an algae-green floor that makes you feel like you're walking on water. And it’s not just the decoration—the eatery’s dishes are almost too dazzling to devour, but you’ll be happy you did, as the Asian-inspired delicacies taste as good as they look.
North of Paddington
Reminiscent of a Venetian waterway, this canalside stretch is ideal not just for photographing, but also for a relaxed stroll away from London’s hustle and bustle. Depending on the way you walk, the riverside route takes you west to Notting Hill or north through Regents Park to Kings Cross, where you'll find more photogenic sights such as Portobello Road, Coal Drops Yard, and London Zoo.
The Blind Pig
Nestled in the beating heart of Soho, the Blind Pig's cocktails push creative boundaries to the limit. Based on regularly changing themes such as literature, music, and mythology, the drinks combine innovative flavors with wacky additions such as candy floss, charcoal, and chili. Plus, the low-lit, copper-topped interior provides a flattering light for portraits.