If you want to grow your Instagram following and create a beautiful feed, taking photos in striking places is obviously a must. Though a talent for photography is definitely important, many of the biggest accounts know where (as well as what) guarantees you “Instagram-worthy” images.
Luckily in London there is no shortage of Instagrammable spots. If you’re stuck for inspiration and ideas, check out some of these places in the capital that make the perfect background for selfies.
London has no shortage of Instagram-famous cafes and restaurants, but Sketch is possibly the most well-known. The millennial-pink interior certainly lends itself to likeable Instagram shots and the toilet ‘pods’ are not to be missed either.
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Open 7am – 2am Monday to Friday, 8am – 2am Saturday, and 8am – 12.30am Sunday.
2. Notting Hill, South Kensington, and Chelsea
For some of the prettiest streets in the city head for these affluent west London districts, which offer enough photo opportunities to keep your feed full of content for months. There are quaint mews with Instagram-favourite wisteria in Chelsea and South Kensington, grand Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architecture in Notting Hill, and ridiculously attractive pastel-painted houses on Portobello Road.
Good places to start include St Luke’s Mews, Lancaster Road, Kynance Mews, Bathurst Mews, Portobello Road, Hillgate Place, and Pembridge Square
3. Neal’s Yard
Neal’s Yard with its cobbled streets and brightly-painted shop fronts is just asking to be photographed and while it was a popular tourist attraction before Instagram, the number of people visiting just to take an iPhone snap has soared in recent years.
Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9PJ
4. God’s Own Junkyard
Looking for something a little different? God’s Own Junkyard is part salvage yard, part art installation, containing hundreds of neon signs created by artist Chris Bracey, who created pieces for films including Bladerunner, Batman, and Eyes Wide Shut.
Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ
Open from 11am Friday to Sunday. Closes 9pm Friday and Saturday, and 6pm Sunday. Closed Monday to Thursday.
Free to enter
5. The Churchill Arms
The Churchill Arms is one of the most photographed places in London and it’s no wonder as in the summer time it’s decorated with hundreds of hanging baskets and potted flowering plants, turning it into one giant flower display (the pub actually spends £25,000 a year on flowers!) It’s also well worth a visit at Christmas time when the flowers are switched out for dozens of lit-up Christmas trees.
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN
Open 11am – 11pm Monday to Wednesday, 11am – 12pm Thursday to Saturday, and 12pm – 10.30pm Sunday.
6. St Paul’s Cathedral
If architecture is your thing, you can’t possibly miss out St Paul’s Cathedral. Take a snap from One New Change for some eye-catching symmetry and an interesting contrast between modern and historical architecture. You’ll catch the best light at sunset.
1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF
7. Sky Garden
There’s an impressive view panoramic view of the city from Sky Garden at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street and it’s free to enter – you just need to book a time slot to visit. The Sky Garden itself is just as photogenic, with its landscaped exotic greenery.
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
Free daytime visits between 10am-6pm on weekdays and 11am-9pm on weekends.
Sky Pod bar is open 7am Monday to Friday and 8am Saturday and Sunday. Closes 11pm Sunday and Monday, 12am Tuesday, and 1am Wednesday to Saturday
8. Shoreditch Street Art
If you prefer street art to stuffy galleries, heading to the streets of Shoreditch is a must. Almost every street of this neighbourhood in Hackney has been transformed into a rainbow-hued work of art. Don’t forget to check out the Banksy on Rivington Street.
Graffiti is everywhere in Shoreditch, but try Rivington Street, Toynbee Street, Shoreditch High Street, Fashion Street, and Brick Lane for some of the most impressive works.
9. Peggy Porschen
The Peggy Porschen Parlour definitely has one of the prettiest shop fronts in the capital, with its pink façade and rambling roses around the doorway. This Belgravia café serves a selection of beautiful cup cakes and other sweet treats, so you can take an artfully-presented table flat lay as well as the obligatory standing-in-the-doorway shot.
116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
Open 8am – 8pm Monday to Sunday
10. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic sights and even if you’re not a tourist, it makes a worthy backdrop for photos. Try visiting at sunrise when there are few people around and the light is beautiful.
There are several spots to take great shots – try by the girl and dolphin statue near the Tower Hotel or the grounds of the Tower of London. It looks particularly beautiful at night when the lights reflect off the Thames.