London is one of the most photographed cities in the world, with no shortage of interesting attractions and iconic landmarks. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next London photography session, check out our roundup of the most Instagrammable places in London. You won’t be disappointed!

From iconic London museums to photogenic markets and hidden gems, you’re sure to find several that catch your eye. Happy snapping!

Most Instagrammable Places in London

If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable spots in London, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite spots for capturing beautiful photos in London. So whether you’re a tourist or a local, be sure to add these locations to your list!

These Instagrammable London spots are quite spread out, so it’s probably best to choose a few in the same area rather than to see them all in one day.

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1. British Museum

The gargantuan British Museum houses treasures such as the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian mummies, and is a great rainy day activity in London. However, when the sun shines, the photo opportunities are even better.

Best shot: Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, the covered atrium designed by Foster and Partners.

The British Museum atrium
The British Museum

2. Buckingham Palace

Famous as one of the Queen’s official residences, Buckingham Palace stands proudly at the end of the tree-lined Mall. It’s one of the most iconic Instagram places in London. You can visit the State Rooms inside between the end of July and beginning of October.

Best shot: from the flowerbeds near St James’s Park, where you can capture the whole of Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace photo spot
Buckingham Palace

3. Covent Garden

This former market is now a largely pedestrianized zone. There’s an impressive number of fashion stores, restaurants and cultural attractions like the Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum.

You’ll find some of the most Instagrammable restaurants in London here, including Clos Maggiore and SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden.

Best shot: whilst the piazza itself is attractive, make a bee-line for Neal’s Yard. It’s one of London’s most colourful spots.

Neals Yard in Covent Garden is one of the most colorful places in London
Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden

4. Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Designed by Sir Charles Barry, the Palace of Westminster, known as the Houses of Parliament, is one of the best places to photograph in London. Its Great Bell Tower, nicknamed Big Ben was actually renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen in 2012.

Best shot: it’s been photographed countless times so try to find a new angle, or zoom in close for added impact. Sadly, repairs are taking place on the clock tower until 2021 and at the moment the clock itself is covered with scaffolding.

Big Ben Tower, London
Big Ben

5. Hyde Park

Once a royal hunting ground, Hyde Park is popular for its vast open space and numerous attractions and one of our favourite London sights to Instagram.

Best shot: Hyde Park is so vast that it’s best to pick a focal point such as the Victoria and Albert Memorial, or the Italian Gardens.

Albert Memorial, Hyde Park
Victoria and Albert Memorial

6. Natural History Museum

Popular with young and old alike, the Natural History Museum is somewhere you’ll want to return to time and time again. Not only to see the dinosaur collection but their superb regularly changing exhibitions like the acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Best shot: the Victorian building looks superb from the outside or the inside, and it looks particularly impressive at night when it’s lit up.

The Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Natural History Museum

7. Number 10 Downing Street

Long gone are the days when you can get close to 10 Downing Street, for reasons of security. However there’s an almost identical door complete with the all important number 10 plaque on Adam Street.

Best shot: there’s scaffolding on the next door building, so you’ll have to angle your camera a little to avoid that.

8. St James’s Park

This Royal Park is definitely a contender for London’s prettiest green space. The wildlife seem to think so too as they’re to be found in abundance, from swans to pelicans and squirrels.

Best shot: from The Blue Bridge towards Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade, depending on the light at the time of your visit.

Most Instagrammable London Places - St James's Park
St James’s Park

9. St Paul’s Cathedral

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1763, St Paul’s Cathedral is an impressive work of architecture. Head up to the Whispering Gallery in the dome to check out the very unique acoustics – just be aware that no photography is allowed inside the Cathedral itself.

Best shot: From Distaff Lane or One New Change shopping centre, the Roof Terrace in particular has panoramic views of the local area. 

St Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul’s Cathedral

10. Trafalgar Square

A hub for street performers, Trafalgar Square is also home to the renowned National Gallery. Take a look at the latest quirky artwork on the Fourth Plinth, David Shrigley’s “Really Good”, a sculpture of a hand doing a thumbs-up.

Best shot: Nelson’s Column, framed by the famous fountains. We wonder what Nelson would have made of the Fourth Plinth!

Nelsons Column, Trafalgar Square
Nelson’s Column

11. Camden Market

This tourist favourite is one of the best photo spots in London, however it can get very crowded so try to visit in the morning. The canal near the market is a great place for a stroll and there’s some quirky street art in the area too.

Best shot: Wander around and you’re sure to find inspiration such as the statue of Amy Winehouse who lived nearby. By British sculptor Scott Easton, it’s located in Stables Market.

Another fun shot is this colorful row of quirkily decorated shops.

Camden Market shops
Camden Town is one of the most Instagrammable places in London

12. Highgate Cemetery

Escape the hustle and bustle of London for somewhere altogether more serene – Highgate Cemetery. The final resting place of Karl Marx, Malcolm McLaren and George Eliot is a Victorian gem.

Smiling selfies aren’t really appropriate, given that it’s a burial ground but it’s an atmospheric place to pause for reflection.

Best shot: one of the angel sculptures.

An angel in Highgate Cemetery
An angel in Highgate Cemetery

13. Primrose Hill

For colourful houses and far reaching views over the London skyline, Primrose Hill is hard to beat. After getting your photos, head to one of the many local eateries on the High Street. Alternatively, have a picnic on the hill, it’s one of the most fun things for couples to do in London.

Best shot: these pretty pastel buildings on Chalcot Square will give you serious house envy.

Primrose Hill is one of the most Instagrammable London places
Chalcot Square, Primrose Hill

14. Southbank

Take a stroll along the Southbank and you never know what you may find – street performers breathing fire, runners or sand artists creating masterpieces on the shoreline. There are some fantastic South Bank bars where you can enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

Best shot: the London Eye is a great focal point and can be captured well from Jubilee Gardens or across the river near Westminster Bridge. Zoom in for a different perspective or take a night shot when the London Eye is illuminated.

The London Eye and South Bank
The London Eye and South Bank

15. Tate Modern

If you’re into contemporary art then Tate Modern is the place to come and the Switch House galleries are well worth a look.

Best shot: from the viewing terrace on the top floor of Switch House. The views of the River Thames and the Northbank are spectacular.

The Best London Photo Spots - Tate Modern rooftop
Tate Modern

16. The Shard

This distinctive skyscraper is equally impressive when viewed from the exterior or the interior with its panoramic views over Tower Bridge and the Thames. It’s the tallest building in London at 309.6 metres (1,016 feet).

You can get a great view of The Shard from the Sky Garden skyscraper located on the North side of the river Thames, near Fenchurch Street Station in the City of London.

Best shot: at sunrise or during the golden hour, The Shard looks particularly impressive.

The Shard skyscraper and Thames river at sunset

17. Columbia Road Flower Market

When you’re looking for a floral fix, Columbia Road Flower Market makes for a great day out. Just make sure to visit on a Sunday as it’s only open then.

We suggest going before 10 am if you possibly can, as it gets so crowded after that and harder to take photos.

Best shot: take your pick from any of the colourful floral displays.

Sunflowers at Columbia Road Flower Market
Sunflowers at Columbia Road Flower Market

18. Shoreditch

One of the most Instagrammable places in London for street art, Shoreditch has a real buzz to it. Take a wander around the streets and you’ll find some great places to eat after getting your shots.

Best shot: We like the faces painted on the tube trains suspended in the sky and the’Let’s adore and endure each other’ mural below them on Great Eastern Street.

Adore and endure each other - Shoreditch street art
Shoreditch street art

19. St Dunstan in the East

This church dates from the 12th century but was badly damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The remains are extremely atmospheric and it’s a good place to seek out shade on a hot day.

Best shot: Hone in on the ruined church windows for a moody shot.

St Dunstans in the East - Instagrammable London Spots
St Dunstan in the East

20. Tower Bridge

Inside Tower Bridge, there’s also a spectacular Glass Floor Walkway from which to admire the views. Take a break at one of the great places to eat near Tower Bridge afterwards, including one with igloo dining pods.

Best shot: from the South side of the river just past the bridge – or on the bridge itself whilst there’s no road traffic.

Tower Bridge - one of the most Instagrammable places in London
Tower Bridge

21. Tower of London

Another of London’s most famous landmarks, the Tower of London dates from medieval times. This former royal residence and prison houses the Crown Jewels and the six resident ravens which must never leave or legend has it that the kingdom will fall.

Best shot: from inside the Tower of London you can capture Tower Bridge as well.

The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Tower of London

22. Harrods

This world-famous department store in Knightsbridge has undergone something of a Renaissance in recent years, with a major update and cool new brands. The Egyptian staircase is one of the top London Instagram spots.

Best shot: Harrods looks as beautiful from the inside as it does outside.

The Egyptian Staircase at Harrods department store, London
The Egyptian staircase, Harrods

23. Kew Gardens

Whether you’re a fan of gardens or not, Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in London. The Hive is a unique new structure exploring the story of the honey bee, and children will love the Treetop Walkway.

Best shot: the Waterlily House or the spiral staircase make for superb captures. For something a bit different, head inside the Marianne North Gallery, covered in botanical prints from floor to ceiling.

The spiral staircase at Kew Gardens is one of the best photography spots in London
Kew Gardens Palm House

24. Notting Hill

Made famous worldwide by the film of the same name, Notting Hill is one of London’s most exclusive areas. Yet it retains a bohemian vibe that only adds to its charm, making it one of the top London sights to Instagram.

Portobello Road is a famous London street thanks to its weekly flea market. Westbourne Grove is another charming street with many luxury boutiques.

There are quite a few hidden gems in Notting Hill, such as The Tabernacle theatre and bar. The Churchill Arms is a very photogenic pub, covered in flowers on the outside and displaying Winston Churchill memorabilia on the inside.

Best shot: snap the pastel hued houses for the perfect capture.

Instagrammable Notting Hill houses
Notting Hill

25. Peggy Porschen

No round up of the best photo spots in London would be complete without a mention of Peggy Porschen. This beautiful bakery is one of the most Instagrammable London restaurants.

Painted in a delicate pink hue, it has regularly changing floral displays. The cookies and cupcakes are delicious too!

Best shot: The bakery’s exterior displays at Christmas, Valentine’s Day and in Spring.

One of the best London photo spots - Peggy Porschen Belgravia
Peggy Porschen

26. Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is one of the most Instagrammable places in London. The market dates back to the 14th century and is located in the heart of the city.

It is known for its Victorian architecture and beautiful glass roof. Leadenhall Market is also a popular film location; it was used in the Harry Potter films as Diagon Alley. Today, the market is filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes. There is something for everyone at Leadenhall Market.

Best shot: access to the public areas of Leadenhall Market is open 24/7 so get there before the shops and bars open for a photo without the crowds!

Leadenhall Market in the City of London
Leadenhall Market in the City of London

In Conclusion: Most Instagrammable Places in London

London is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. From its iconic landmarks to its picturesque parks, there are plenty of Instagrammable spots waiting to be discovered.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this selection of the best London photo spots. For more adventures in London and beyond, follow us@luxurycolumnist

Where would you add to the list? Regent’s Park, the V&A, the Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park? 

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52 thoughts on “26 Most Instagrammable Places In London | Best London Photo Spots”

  1. Angie SilverSpoon

    What a fab selection of photos, I love the colourful houses in Notting Hill and I’d never heard of 10 Adam Street before.

  2. As a lover of photography and Instagram this post is right up my street! Notting Hill is my favourite on the list – also another great place is Maltby Market, especially for foodies 🙂

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Ooh I’m a fan of Maltby Street too, so many wonderful food stalls and restaurants

  3. OMG, after having lived in London for 6 years, I realise that I still have to discover many areas that I have never set foot in!

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Preparing the guide made me realize that some of these places are quite spread out – London is certainly a large city!

  4. I’ve definitely instagrammed quite a few of these places while in London! Tower Bridge is just too pretty not to Instagram!

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  5. Amazing instapics!!!!!
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  6. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

    I’m so pleased that you found it useful, Jalisa – I really enjoyed putting it together. Have a great week ahead

  7. Linda Libra Loca

    An Instagram guide to London, that is helpful and ridiculous at the same time.

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  8. Ayushi | The Foodie Diaries

    I absolutely LOVE this post! Come to think of it, London really is an Instagrammer’s dream <3 xx

  9. Fun idea for a post, and London is such a wonderfully photographic town. I love your angled perspective on Big Ben.

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      The shot that Jon took of Big Ben is so spectacular. I also like taking a photo of the Houses of Parliament from Parliament Square with Winston C’s statue in the frame

  10. There are so much to see in London and you need at least a week to be able to discover all these places. I still haven’t been to any of these museums, I always find something else to do and skip the museum tours 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  11. I instagram the hell out of Tower Bridge as it’s on my way to and from work, but I also love shots taken from the top of the hill in Greenwich! Great selection of Instagram sights.

    Lisa ~ Not Quite Enough

  12. You’re so lucky to have so many sightseeing spots around you that are perfect for Instagramming! I love the tips for better photos!

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      We’re spoilt for choice in London although the weather doesn’t always play ball 😉

  13. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

    You’re fortunate to have Columbia Road right on your doorstep, such a charming place

  14. sonia de macedo // daring coco

    Ive always wanted to visit London Town. Definitely pinning this for later (when I do eventually make it there). Ive always wanted to see 10 Downing St too. Funny I never thought that it would be blocked off to the public. Of course these days it makes sense it would be!

    Sxx
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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Well you can still see Downing Street but from behind an iron railing. I actually got up close once when I was invited to a charity event next door

  15. Planes & Champagne

    You capture London so beautifully Suze. I’ve never visited Primrose Hill before but I think I need to to check out those colourful houses!

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      We can always meet up there when we next catch up. I know a great Martini place and a gastro pub too

  16. Such a great idea for a post!! I haven’t been to the British Museum, must check it out! I would add The National History Museum to the list.

    Ash | Liakada

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Yes I put the Natural History Museum in too. Are you going to ILTM again, not sure I can make it?

  17. It’s not at all surprising why Primrose Hill and Notting Hill are so popular with fashion bloggers! A stunning round-up Suze, there’s certainly a few here I’m yet to properly explore – consider them added to my ‘to visit’ list 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I’m very glad you liked it, Gabrielle. On my way back from Venice and it’s also very Instagramable!

  18. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

    That’s very kind, thanks Elle – bit longer than my usual ones but so many great places to feature!

  19. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries

    There are so many beautiful photogenic places in London – fabulous post!

    Miriam
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  20. Great one Suzy! I’ve recently moved from Southwest to East, this is a handy guide to go Instagram-hunting! (Who needs pokemon when you have these??)

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