25 Top London Sights That You’ll Want to Instagram


London is one of the most photographed cities in the world, with no shortage of interesting attractions and iconic landmarks. We’ve rounded up 25 top London sights to Instagram, as well as some suggestions for the best photo angles. Happy snapping!

CENTRAL – TOP LONDON SIGHTS TO INSTAGRAM

1 – British Museum

The gargantuan British Museum houses treasures such as the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian mummies, and is a great place for a rainy day. However, when the sun shines, the photo opportunities are even better.
Best shot: light streams through the courtyard in this great capture

Joe (@josephowen) in the impressive (and remarkably empty) Great Court at the @BritishMuseum. #TinyPeopleInBigPlaces #EmptyBM

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2 – Buckingham Palace

Famous as one of the Queen’s official residences, it stands proudly at the end of the tree-lined Mall. You can visit the State Rooms inside between the end of July and beginning of October.
Best shot: capture Buckingham Palace from the colourful flower beds known as the Memorial Gardens.

Buckingham Palace is looking lovely in the sunshine! What are your weekend plans?

A photo posted by Suze 🔸 Luxury Columnist (@luxurycolumnist) on

3 – Covent Garden

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

One of London’s most colourful places – Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. Have you been?

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4 – Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Designed by Sir Charles Barry, the Palace of Westminster, known as the Houses of Parliament, is an iconic building. 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, as Jon has done in this spectacular photo.

Good Morning 😊🙃☀️

A photo posted by Jon • London • UK (@j_r_photography) on

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

#lovelondon #thisislondon 🍃🍃

A photo posted by London 📍 (@siobhaise) on

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, but I have a soft spot for Dippy the dinosaur.

Oh hey there Dippy.

A photo posted by Luke Abrahams (@labrahams19891) on

7 – Number 10 Downing Street aka number 10 Adam 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.

This duck chose to build its nest where there’s a great view of Buckingham Palace! The sun is out in St James’s Park today

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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 looking lovely on a crisp Winter’s day. Have you visited the whispering gallery? It’s on my to do list!

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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 in this photo – I wonder what Nelson would have made of the Fourth Plinth!

No apologies for another London pic 😉. #trafalgarsquare #nationalgallery #goodtimes #jw #nelsonscolumn #londoncity

A photo posted by Alex Carpenter (@alexcarpenter87) on

NORTH

11 – Camden Market

This tourist favourite can get very crowded so try to visit in the morning. The canal near the market is a pleasant 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 this statue of Amy Winehouse who lived nearby. By British sculptor Scott Easton, it’s located in Stables Market.

Queen of Camden #AmyWinehouse #CamdenMarket

A photo posted by Camden Market (@camdenmarketldn) on

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: these angel sculptures are real works of art.

13 – Primrose Hill

For photogenic 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.
Best shot: these pretty pastels will give you serious #housegoals!

SOUTH

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.
Best shot: the London Eye is a great focal point and can be captured well from Jubilee Gardens. Zoom in for a different perspective.

The Eye Of The Jungle #prettylittlelondon

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15 – Tate Modern

If you’re into contemporary art then Tate Modern is the place to come and the new Switch House galleries are well worth a look.
Best shot: from the new open viewing terrace on the top floor of Switch House. This black and white photo captures the brutalist architecture at its best.

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.
Best shot: Rich, aka @paperboyo has become InstaFamous thanks to his playful photographs featuring papercuts of well known landmarks, such as The Shard.

I’ve had an incredible variety of experiences this year from shooting ocean sunrises with pro-photographers to climbing rooftops with daredevils and it’s all because of the opportunities Instagram has opened up for me. So in the spirit of collaboration I’m chuffed to be teaming up with the folks from @visit.dubai as part of the Here Today, Dubai Tomorrow campaign to offer a very cool opportunity to a UK photographer. We want to bring someone out to Dubai in October alongside myself and a group of hugely talented instagrammers. It’s going to be an epic trip- a chance to share ideas, shoot some awesome photos and check out everything amazing that Dubai has to offer. We’re after someone with a creative eye who can capture moments in their own unique way so if you know someone tag them here (or tag yourself if you’re up for the challenge). All you need to do is capture a photo of wherever you are in your own style, then upload it with the hashtags #DubaiTomorrow & #InstagramComp. For those that aren’t budding photographers but like the idea of getting a unique perspective on Dubai- head down to Waterloo station between 4th-11th or check out dubaitomorrow.com to have some fun with virtual reality as well as having the chance to win holidays to Dubai (All the T&C’s for the comp are on the website) #London #Dubai #TheShard #Desert #Camels #Sunrise #Silhouette #Paperart #PhotoComp #Spon #Paper #Photography #StopReadingTheseHashtagsAndGoTakeAPhotoForTheCompetition

A photo posted by Rich McCor 🇬🇧 (@paperboyo) on

EAST

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

18 – Shoreditch

One of the best places in London to view 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: I 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.

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: I like this close up of one of the ruined church windows.

St Dunstan in the East Garden | London ⛪️🌴🌿#stdunstanintheeast #garden #hiddentreasures #greattips

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20 – Tower Bridge

Until end of December 2016, Tower Bridge is closed to road traffic so you can get some particularly good photos without worrying about getting run over ;-). Inside Tower Bridge, there’s also a spectacular Glass Floor Walkway from which to admire the views.
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 in all its glory! Have you visited the exhibition at the top?

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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: you can get a fantastic photo from onboard a river cruise.

WEST

22 – Harrods

This world-famous department store has undergone something of a Renaissance in recent years, with a major update and cool new brands. The Egyptian staircase is still a must-see.
Best shot: Harrods looks as beautiful from outside as it does inside.

Such a glorious day today and Harrods even looking more stunning! @harrods ☀️🇬🇧✨#harrodsmoments #therollinsonlondon #prettylittlelondon

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23 – Kew Gardens

Whether you’re a fan of gardens or not, Kew Gardens is a great day out. 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 makes for a superb capture.

‘The world is but a canvas to our imagination.’ Henry David Thoreau

A photo posted by Frances (@francesmehardie) on

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.
Best shot: combine a vintage car and pastel hued houses for the perfect capture.

25 – Richmond Park

Richmond Park is technically in London although it feels a world away. It’s London’s largest enclosed space, a National Nature Reserve and home to some beautiful red and fallow deer.
Best shot: The deer roam around freely and if you’re lucky, you might get a close-up such as this one by @andytye of French+Tye, photographers of architecture, interiors and the built environment.


I hope that you’ve enjoyed this selection of the 25 top London sights to Instagram or simply to photograph! For more adventures in London and beyond, follow me @luxurycolumnist and my fellow creatives featured here, who kindly gave permission for their fantastic photographs to be used.
Where would you add to the list? Regent’s Park, the V&A, the Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park? 

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

  • 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 🙂

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

  • Hayley Rubery

    Bloody love this post lady – what a great concept! Covent Garden and Hyde Park are two of my favourite places in London, and ones I always can’t resist to take a snap whilst I’m there too as they are just SO picturesque!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • I’m very glad that you like it, Hayley – it was fun putting it together! I agree that both Covent Garden and Hyde Park are very photogenic

  • This is such a great, unique post, Suze! I love that you not only shared some of the most touristy spots in London, but also provided suggestions on capturing a great shot, which as well know is SUPER important these days! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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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  • Paola

    Amazing instapics!!!!!
    Enjoy Venice darling!
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  • I want to go to London so badly
    xo
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  • An Instagram guide to London, that is helpful and ridiculous at the same time.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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

  • London is such a photogenic city, isn’t it? Beautiful shots.

  • London is so insanely gorgeous, it’s enough to send one into a tizzy. I’ve always loved the crumbly-chic of St Dunstan’s, Kew Gardens, and of course my local flower market on Columbia Road. x

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

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

    • 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

  • 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

  • Fabrizia Spinelli

    Really amazing selection!
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  • 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

  • London’s got so many great instagram opportunities:)

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

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

  • London is so amazing and there’s SO much to see!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • 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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    • 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

  • 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!

  • Ellie Adams

    Suze you have absolutely NAILED this post. So many incredible picks and it makes you really appreciate the beauty of London!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Isn’t our city just ridiculously photogenic!?

    • That’s so true, Emma – every day I pinch myself to be seeing its amazing sights

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

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

  • 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??)

  • Lucy

    All my favourite places, lovely choices and pics Lucy x (FoodieForce)