London is filled with opportunities and that’s why it is the most Instagrammed capital city in the world: from fancy restaurants to that corner of the street, from the juiciest food to the perfect rooftop bar for summer. And to see just which were the most post-worthy, we crunched the numbers, sifted through the data, and filtered through the filters to find the top 20 most Instagrammable spots in London.
1. Street Art in Shoreditch
There’s street art all over in London, wherever you go. But to fully accomplish your Instagram desire, head to Shoreditch and give your profile a new shape with a a guaranteed selection of high-end art. In Shoreditch, empty walls are future murals. Shoreditch’s appeal as a creative playground stems from an urban, gritty underbelly, but clean-cut treasures aren’t in short supply. That’s why it is THE place that Instagram loves.
2. Acai bowls at The Good Life Eatery
Invented by the Brazilians, adopted by the surf loving Hawaii crowd and then embraced by the health nuts in New York, Acai bowls made their way to British shores last year. Still big news, these beauties are not only an Instagram hit, they’re tasty too. Good thing is, they don’t get cold while you look for the perfect angle to picture them.
3. The Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead
Essentially a raised walkway overlooking breathtaking gardens, the Hampstead Pergola was constructed between in the 1950s by Lord Leverhulme who visioned this Edwardian indulgence for garden parties and summer eventide walks. Its faded splendor makes it an impossibly romantic utopia.
4. Columbia Road Flower Market
In a borough of London that lost the fight against change many years ago, Columbia Flower Market has only grown since its humble beginnings more than a century ago. Visited by local residents and tourists alike, it’s absolutely one of our favorite places to visit on a sunny summer morning.
5. The Victoria and Albert Museum
For the classic beauty fanatics, V&A will bring you back in times and epoques you can’t even imagine. Instagramming the gorgeous stuff on show in here is almost cheating.
6. Neal’s Yard
Tucked away between Covent Garden and the busy streets of Seven Dials, Neal’s Yard stays completely unnoticed if you don’t know it’s there. But once you reach it it will be like passing through the platform 9 3/4 to reach Hogwarts: a small world apart inside the heart of London. And surely worth the shot.
7. Underground Tube Bar
Cahoots, located in Kingly Court, is keeping the Blitz spirit alive with dazzling cocktails & extravagant late night parties set in London’s ‘underground’.
8. Kynance Mews
Kynance Mews is a cobbled through road and cul-de-sac, approached through its own arch off Launceston Place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, parallel to Kynance Place which contains Mews Style properties and in line with Kingsley Mews.
9. Beigel Shop, Brick Lane
We won’t believe you have been to London until you show us a picture of the rainbow beigel from Brick Lane. Stand patiently in line, because there’s no day this place is not packed, but the benefit your Instagram profile will obtain is worth the wait. And the taste is good too!
10. Peggy Porschen, Notting Hill
A pink joy for the eyes. This place will definitely be prettier than you, you just won’t be able to handle it. But take advantage of its versatility and get your photoshoot done!
11. God’s Own Junkyard
What do we want? PINK! When do we want it? ALWAYS! From the pink walls to the David Shrigley artwork to the egg-shaped toilets, every single detail is begging to be documented. Just try not to drop your iPhone down the loo.
13. Little Venice
This pretty part of London is a tranquil canal area where you can relax at waterside cafes and pubs. The oasis of leafy calm is just minutes from Paddington, offering a charming place to stroll along the canal or watch the colourful narrowboats.
14. Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Market is a hub of frenzied activity, full of stalls, stores, bars, and restaurants, all with crowds eager to take it all in. It is known for its nightlife and music scene, with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Blur, Oasis, and many more having called Camden home at some point. You can see it all in Camden. And it’s work an Instagram picture.
15. Palm vaults
Palm Vaults in Hackney may well be London’s most Instagrammable café. In search of colourful lattes? Look no further. Get yourself a pink, yellow or green latte at Palm Vaults and enjoy the hipster aesthetic in this Hackney hotspot.
16. Hampstead Heath
Located just just four miles from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath is one of London’s best loved green spaces. The Heath has some of the best views and highest points in London where you can join the locals for the sunset, you’ll thank me later.
17. Liberty of London’s Floral Fabrics
Liberty fabric is easy to spot. Dissecting this is less easy, but you know it when you see it. The colors are joyous even when somber, the designs sing, and the quality of the weave is always a Liberty of London hallmark.
18. The Walkie Talkie building and the Sky Garden
This public garden is free to access (but you’ll have to book), and offers unique and stunning views of the city. Moreover the highest part of the bar showcases a wonderful jungle of variety.
No reservations, as is the trend. Try and arrive just before they open (12) and you’ll only have to wait a few moments before being whisked inside. Mostly centered around a big marble bar on the ground floor, it’s not a place to linger. Just somewhere to pop in for a quick bite. (So the queue moves pretty swiftly). Pasta here is a serious kick, not for the faint hearted and the Instagram losers.
20. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
Going for High Tea is one of those quintessential English experiences – the little teapot, the tiny sandwiches, the scones with jam and clotted cream. It’s something that’s practically required if you’re visiting London for the first time. But what if I told you that there was a place where you could have High Tea surrounded by a dozen furry friends?
So go ahead and enrich your Instagram feed, and don’t forget to follow @society19uk so will never run out of new ideas to live your city.
Where are some other Instagrammable spots in London? Let us know in the comments below!
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