It would be no exaggeration to say that I’m addicted to Instagram and of course I’m not the only one! That being said I thought I’d share some of my favourite spots for Instagram photography in my home city of London.
1. Peggy Porschen
London’s most famous bakery…a beautiful pink shop on Elizabeth Street, Peggy Porschen was a trailblazer when it comes to beautiful installations on the shop front. You’ll find that the usual floral display changes seasonally so there’s always something new for the ‘gram. Not only is Peggy’s pretty to look at from the the front but the cakes, cookies and even the latte art is absolutely gorgeous so you can get a beautiful flat lay on one of their pink tables. A word of warning, there is nearly always an epic queue outside the front of this very popular place so come at random times during the day, I recommend around mid morning when people aren’t thinking about cake!
Address: Peggy Porschen, 116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
2. Dominique Ansel
The famous inventor of the cronut amongst other unique confections…you’ll find the Dominique Ansel café just a few doors down from Peggy’s but it’s still rather a hidden gem as it’s much less crowded. Not only do they have a beautiful store front but inside the restaurant is a flower wall and if you’re lucky, you may just get poll position there!
Again the food itself is Instagrammable such as this summer’s famous ‘What-a-Melon’, cute polar bears at Christmas and heart shapes things over Valentine’s day.
Address: 17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
3. Coppa Club, Tower Bridge
One of a small chain of restaurants, Coppa Club on Tower Bridge has become Insta-famous oweing to it’s pretty pods lining the terrace. In winter these were decorated as cute and cosy igloos, and by summer they became Paradise Pods, inspired by the palm leaves of Tulum. You have to reserve super early in the season to get one of the pods, but I’ve heard that you can also get a walk in if you’re lucky. Or do as I did and grab your Insta snap in the evening after everyone has gone.
With the Thames and the Shard in the background, you can get a definitive London shot!
Address: Coppa Club, 3, Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH
4. Dalloway Terrace
Still holding the crown for London’s most Instagrammable terrace, Dalloway Terrace is an indoor / outdoor restaurant that is always alive and beautiful with a different installation every season. Fully heated during winter and adorned with festive decorations or a perfect, pretty alfresco spot during summer, it’s definitely an unmissable place on London’s Instagram trail.
You can stop by for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner to try the very best of British food on offer here.
Address: Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
5. Covent Garden
If ever I’m looking for a little Instagram fodder, you can guarantee there’ll be something new and exciting around Covent Garden, one of London’s most popular areas. Take a walk around and you’ll find floral chairs, flower walls and arches, pretty architecture and Instagrammable food!
Make sure you check out The Ivy Market Grill which is often adorned with seasonal flowers or topiary and makes a great picture. Actually many of the restaurants in the Ivy group go all out for the floral facades and the food is tasty and affordable so it’s an easy no-brainer if you’re looking for a pretty London restaurant.
One of London’s most famous restaurants, sketch is also renowned for having the city’s prettiest dining room. A Barbie’s dream house of pink with walls covered in a constant evolving gallery of different art work. You can dine at sketch at all times of the day but the afternoon tea is the most Instagrammable meal.
Don’t forget to take a look (and a selfie) in the restaurant’s famous egg-shaped loos. The most famous loos in London.
Address: sketch, 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Belgravia is all in bloom!! One of London’s most beautiful flower shops is located on one London’s prettiest streets. @moysesstevens is just one of several shops on Elizabeth Street adorned with beautiful installations to celebrate #FridasBelgravia @belgravia_ldn thanks to @laurajhyatt for the photo!! #SilverSpoonStories
Address: Moyses Stevens, 53 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9PP
London’s must famous biscuit company has a super pretty shop too… you can head here to try your hand at icing your own biscuits or enjoy an afternoon tea but make sure you get your photo of the facade.
Address: Biscuiteers, 13 Northcote Rd, Clapham, London SW11 1NG
11. St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
This luxury five star hotel is conveniently located right by St Pancras station and not only is it perfect for catching the Eurostar to Paris if you have an early morning train but it’s also utterly Instagrammable.
I would highly recommend seeking out THAT staircase for a dramatic Instagram shot.
Address: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR
12. The South Bank
You can find plenty of Instagram fodder walking about the South Bank but a great place to stop in the Mondrian hotel. If you grab a drink on the terrace, you’ll have the perfect view of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Seriously, are you even a blogger if you don’t have at least one picture of the floral display out London’s famous department store, Liberty.
Address: Liberty, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH
14. The Sanderson Hotel
A London institution, the Sanderson London has long been one of London’s quirkiest hotels with a cool design by Philippe Starck. The Courtyard Garden is a gorgeous spot for Instagram spots, a you can sample the hotel’s famous Mad Hatter’s Tea whilst enjoying their latest installation.
I’ve been wanting to see this pink floral chair at @sandersonsocial ever since I saw it on Instagram and last week @laurajhyatt and I went on a mission to find it! The hotel has been one of my favourites for years and I’ve always loved the Long Bar. Right now the Courtyard Garden is filled with flamingoes and it’s the perfect place for afternoon tea!! #SilverSpoonStories Photo: @laurajhyatt
A word of warning though, the staff weren’t happy about me snapping this photo on my DSLR though phone photos are fine.
Address: Sanderson, 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG
15. Hotel Cafe Royal
One of London’s historical hotel’s Hotel Cafe Royal on Regent’s Street also has some stunning photo hot spots inside. My favourite being the gorgeously gilded Oscar Wilde Lounge where afternoon tea is served.
Address: Hotel Cafe Royal 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY
16. The Shard
Not only the tallest building in London, but the tallest building in Europe! The backdrop to your Instagram will be panoramic views of of the city (if you’re lucky enough to have good weather). Personally I’d avoid going all the way to the top and instead book yourself in for afternoon tea at Aqua, one of the restaurants in the Shard, and enjoy your tea with a view.
An utterly supercalifragilistic day!! Yesterday I enjoyed a Mary Poppins themed afternoon tea up in the lofty heights of @aquashard with my two dear friends @binnysfoodandtravel and @londonkiwiemma! Inspired by childhood favourite, the much loved books by PL Travers, the afternoon tea takes you on a journey through of the world’s most beloved nanny! Highlights include a custom made tea stand with an umbrella and boots, home made scones from the depths of Mary’s carpet bag and a black cherry mousse in the shape of her hat. Fellow fans will be delighted to know there’s a new film coming out at Christmas but before than you can enjoy a spoonful (or two) of sugar up on the 31st floor of the @theshardlondon , London’s tallest building. #aquashardxmarypoppins #aquashard #aquashardlondon #SilverSpoonStories invite
17. The Dorchester Hotel
Always beautiful, but even better at Christmas, London’s most luxurious hotel is an absolute Instagram dream from the outdoor fountain to the yellow shutters to the gloriously Instagram cocktails.
Last night my favourite hotel looking beautifully festive! The @thedorchester will always have a special place in my heart as I had my wedding reception there and spent my last night as a single girl and first night as a married woman there! The hotel has one of the most festive lobbies in town (in think) I counted around ten Christmas trees! And there’s a sweet shop and a replica of the hotel made out of gingerbread! I think it was my favourite festive night this year as @lauren.a.hudson , @mondomulia and I made our festive wreathed with in house florist @philiphammondflorist #dcmoments #festiveloveatthedorchester
18. Wild Things Flower
Ever seen those gorgeous petals floating in water on Instagram and wondering where you can find them? Well the location is Wild Things Flowers on Davies Street, just around the corner from Claridges
Address: Wild Things Flowers, 47 Davies St, Mayfair, London W1K 4LZ
19. Trafalgar hotel
London is just full of beautiful viewpoints, and if you’re looking for the very best view of Trafalgar Square, you simply can’t match The Trafalgar St James hotel. Head to the Rooftop bar for a birds eye view of Nelson’s Column – the perfect London Instagram backdrop.
Address: Trafalgar St James, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2TS
20. Mister Fitz
Everyone knows Instagram just loves anything pink and with that in mind, I’d recommend a trip to the pretty as picture Mister Fitz ice cream parlour in Soho. They also serve epically Instagrammable ice cream sandwiches too.
21 BONUS!! Buckingham Palace
The Queen’s house has stunning architecture and you’ll always find fresh flowers planted around…just beware of the crowds…
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Have you been to any of these spots? Which is your favourite?
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