The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London

May 8, 2019

 

Meghan Donovan of wit & whimsy in Notting Hill

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting London twice over the past year and it is utterly charming but also oh-so-photogenic. I have a hard time walking around without my camera or phone in hand, constantly snapping pictures of the darling streets and inspiring sites. In addition to sharing my absolute favorites after my most recent trip, a recap of all the most Instagrammable spots felt in order.

I also had the pleasure of collaborating with my friend Charlie of @hernamewascharlie on this post and she was nice enough to share some of her favorite spots as well. Her Instagram is one of my favorites for seeing all the beautiful places in London!

Hope you enjoy this guide and don’t forget to bookmark it or pin from it for your next trip!

Sites

London eye

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

The views from the Eye are truly breathtaking and it is worth the trip. I was lucky enough to try both the Champagne and Hotel Cholat experiences on my most recent visit and would recommend both. SE1 7PB

BIG Ben

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Big Ben needs no introduction. While under construction for the next couple years, he’s picture perfect from all angles. SW1A 0AA

WEstminster bridge

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

With Big Ben and Parliament to the North and the London Eye to the South, you will absolutely want to take a walk across Westminster Bridge for gorgeous views all around. SW1A 2JH

Tower bridge

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

There is pretty much no bad side to Tower Bridge. A couple recommended angles: St. Katherine’s Dock on the South Bank, Tower of London, or on a Thames River Cruise. [Image via] SE1 2UP

Somerset house

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The interior courtyard at Someset House is incredibly elegant and the perfect photo shoot background. The architecture reminds me a little bit of Palais Royal in Paris. Grab a glass of wine or sweet treat at Fernandez & Wells and take it all in. [Image via] WC2R 1LA

Wild at Heart Flower shops

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

All of the locations of Wild At Heart flower shop are worth a ‘gram. I almost always stop at the Liberty London location while in Mayfair and love the larger Pimlico spot as well. W1B 5AH (Mayfair), SW1 W 8LJ (Pimlico)

red phone booths

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

How quintessentially London, right? One cannot visit Londontown without snapping a pic with one of these iconic phone booths sprinkled throughout the city. The ones in Parliament Square, pictured here, are great to capture Big Ben too.

Tate Britain

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It’s hard to know what to love more at Tate Britain, the vast collection of classic art or THAT staircase. This is definitely a place to spend a rainy London day. [Image via] SW1P 4RG 

Columbia Road Flower market

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Columbia Road Flower Market is the place to be on a Sunday morning with countless stalls selling whatever is in season. Be prepared for intense crowds, getting there early is advisable! [Image via] E2 7RG 

Wild Things Flowers

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This insta-famous bucket of flowers is hard to walk past without taking a million pictures. Check out Wild Thing Florist the quintessentially British hotel, Claridge’s. [Image via] W1K 4LZ 

Flower Shop at Bibendum

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Tucked inside the Michelin House, the flower shop at Bibendum is another floral filled hot spot that is worth a visit. SW3 6RD

Abbey Road

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All you need is love… and a quick photographer to snap your picture at the memorable crosswalk across Abbey Road. Made famous by the Beatles, this is another quintessentially London stop. NW8 9AY

The Guards at Tower of London

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

The tour of Tower of London is not complete without a stop at the crown jewels (where you unfortunately can’t take any pictures) and a snap of the perfectly attired guards throughout. The plume hats always get me! EC3N 4AB

Food & Drink

Sketch

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Whether its the perfectly pink booths or the futuristic bathroom, you’ve inevitably seen this Mayfair establishment on Instagram. While the food is nothing to write home about, the interiors throughout Sketch are truly worthy of a picture. W1S 2XG

Berner’s Tavern

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

I mentioned this in my London favorites post but this spot is jaw dropping from the moment you walk in. The ceiling, the gold frames covering the walls, the chandeliers, every corner of Berner’s Tavern is perfect. [Image via] W1T 3NP

Chiltern Firehouse

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Chiltern Firehouse is one of my favorite stops in London, especially for breakfast. The old building is beautiful and the twinkle lights around the patio create the perfect ambiance. [Image via] W1U 7PA

Bob Bob Ricard

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Is there anything more perfect than Bob Bob Ricard’s “Press for Champagne” button? I think not. W1F 9DF

Dalloway Terrace

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

One of my favorite things about Dalloway Terrace is that they switch out their floral patio installation by the season. I caught the tail end of the Winter installation during my trip in February and will be sure to check out the other seasons on my future trips. WC1B 3NN

The Coral Room

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

I would be remiss if I did not mention The Coral Room, which is at the same hotel as Dalloway Terrace. From the vibrant pink walls to the blue velvet banquettes to the gorgeous chandeliers, it makes quite the statement. WC1B 3NN

Churchill arms

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Another classic, I love stopping by the Churchill Arms on my trips to London when I’m headed to Notting Hill. The greenery and florals covering the outside is most beautiful during the spring and summer. W8 7LN

Peggy Porschen Cakes

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Try to snag a seat at one of the tables outside Peggy Porschen’s – both the exterior and their sweet treats are worth a snapshot. SW1W 9QQ

The Ivy Chelsea garden

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

There are a couple locations of The Ivy and I like to stop by the Chelsea location when I’m about in the area for breakfast. The food is good and the floral installations are great. SW3 5EQ

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Tucked away in Clerkenwell, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is a must visit if brunch surrounded by plants is your thing. Can highly recommend the cocktails, too. Be sure to book several weeks in advance! [Image via] EC1R 0HU

Pachamama East

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Relatively new on the scene but this east London Peruvian restaurant is already super popular. Brunch, featuring sweet potato waffles, is a firm favorite. [Image via] EC2A 3HR

Borough Market

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Another London favorite, Borough Market is a foodie’s paradise. I loved the spice shop and Bread Ahead for the incredible, and picture worthy, donuts. SE1 1TL

Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

There are many places in London to get a traditional afternoon tea experience but as a fashion lover, I have to say The Berkeley is a truly magical spot. Each season, they chose a designer to inspire the look of the tea. It is currently Dior themed and all the details were too darling. Definitely not one to miss. SW1X 7RL

Neighborhood Spots

Elizabeth Street in Belgravia

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Floral installations are popular all around the city but they really are present on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia. A few favorite spots are Les Senteurs, Jo Loves, and Moyses Stevens Flowers. SW1W 9QQ

St. Luke’s Mews + Love Actually House

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Hidden in Notting Hill, the bright pink Love Actually house sits on St. Luke’s Mews. Pretty much every home on this little street is worth a picture and I couldn’t get over all of the perfect window boxes. W11 1DF

Portland & Elgin Roads in Notting Hill

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

My favorite thing about Notting Hill is grabbing a coffee and wandering around all the picture perfect streets. Portland and Elgin Roads are right near each other and I kid you not, I yelped out loud when I started down Portland Road. Every single home, door and tree is begging for a photo. Elgin Road was no different and I will surely be back. W11 4LN

Portobello & Lancaster Roads in Notting Hill

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Almost every home along Portobello and Lancaster Streets is painted a unique colorful hue and in the spring, the floral trees are to die for. On the weekends, Portobello Market is also a great stop for one of a kind antiques. W11 1LA

Bywater Street in CHelsea

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Bywater Street is another one where its hard to not smile and snap a pic of every one of the colorful houses up and down this short street. The pink & purple ones are my favorites! SW3 4NT

Regent street

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

During special occasions such as the Queen’s Jubilee, Regent Street gets all dressed up with Union Jack flags. W1J 9HP

Thurloe street

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

This house on Thurloe Street in South Kensington is a show stopper and really, this whole area is worth a visit. SW7 2NB

markham street

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

A small street off of King’s Road in Chelsea, colorful house after colorful house fill Markham Street and you’ll want to snap a picture of pretty much every one! SW3 3NR 

Donne Place

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

If you’re lucky like me, you’ll catch the cutest yellow VW Bug on Donne Place and if not, you can at least enjoy the bright pink facade or colorful doors. [Image via] SW3 2NH

Hillgate Place

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Don’t miss Hillgate Place not far from Portobello Road for pastel house heaven. W8 7ST 

Elgin Crescent

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

Another street filled with so many colorful houses – Elgin Crescent is gem that will require your camera at the ready. W11 2JD

Wilton Row & Private Mews

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London I wit & whimsy

In search of a pub called The Grenadier (worth a visit as well!), I stumbled down Wilton Row and the nearby private mews. The cobblestone streets and flower boxes can only be described as enchanting and required about 1,000 pictures. SW1X 7NR

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Any favorite spots of yours that I missed? Share in the comments! And thank you again to Charlie for her help on this post!

p.s. NYC’s most Instagram-worthy places & my guide to London.

6 comments on “The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in London”

  1. Gah, this is making me so impatient for a work trip in September (it’ll be my second visit to London). We’re staying at the Rosewood London in High Holborn – I know Covent Garden is really close, but do you have any other recommendations in easy walking distance of that area?

    1. There is a Dishoom in Covent Garden so definitely recommend going there! Drooling thinking about it. Also check out Somerset House and the National Portrait Gallery! All near/in Covent Garden! Have the best trip!

  2. Can you believe I have never been to Abbey Road?! And adding Petersham Nurseries, Regent Park, Little Venice, Primrose Hill and Kew Gardens to this list. But I must disagree about Sketch because the afternoon tea is the MOST delicious in London in my opinion (three words: truffled grilled cheese) but it is $$$$ so definitely one for a special occasion.

    Cannot wait for your next visit!

    Briony xox

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