From quirky London restaurants to beautiful cafes, there are some fantastic eateries in the capital. The most Instagrammable restaurants in London have either stylish decor or photogenic food and ideally both! Here are 25 cool London restaurants to check out today.
Most Instagrammable Restaurants in London
There’s a definite trend in London dining for more casual eateries with photogenic decor. Floral walls and plants hanging from the ceiling are very popular. Food that looks as good as it tastes is also highly sought after – think edible flowers, latte art and rainbow coloured milkshakes.
1. Aubaine Selfridges
Situated on the second floor of the iconic Selfridges department store on Oxford Street, Aubaine is a great place for an Instagrammable lunch in London. You’ll get the best photos during morning or lunchtime, with natural daylight.
The most photogenic section of the restaurant is towards the windows, where the ceiling is draped with wisteria. Admire it while you sip on a signature tea from Mariage Frères or a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
2. Bar Douro
This Portugese restaurant is nestled within a railway arch on trendy Flat Iron Square on the Southbank. The intimate 30 seat space is adorned with traditional blue and white azulejo tiles.
Try some Portugese food dishes such as bacalhau à brás, a salt cod hash, or the smoked Pork sausage croquetes de Alheira. There’s a good selection of wines from Portugal too.
Bar Douro, 35B, Arch, 85B Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ
3. Bob Bob Ricard
Who could resist the temptation of Bob Bob Ricard’s press for champagne button? There’s one at every table and it’s actually known for serving the most champagne of all restaurants in the UK.
The Art Deco inspired surroundings are extremely photogenic too, and the menu has some lovely English and Russian dishes.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF
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4. Bourne & Hollingsworth
Known for its leafy conservatory, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell is a great London brunch spot. From the original artworks adorning the walls to the floral furniture, it’s one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in London.
There’s a late night drinking den below the restaurant, called Below and Hidden.
Within the Bourne & Hollingsworth collection, there’s also the new B&H Garden Room. It boasts panoramic views of the West End.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HU
5. Brasserie of Light
For all day dining in a stylish Art Deco ambiance, head to the Brasserie of Light bistro. This stylish restaurant is part of Caprice Holdings which includes Daphne’s, Sexy Fish and other popular London restaurants.
The focal point is the largest Damien Hirst artwork in London, a crystal horse suspended from the ceiling. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, the room features colourful leather banquettes and mirror topped tables.
The desserts here are particularly photogenic and they taste great too.
6. Casa do Frango
Specialising in Portugese dishes, Casa do Frango is a great find near Borough Market. In a former warehouse, it’s flooded with natural daylight. The hanging plants and exposed brickwork make this a true Instagram restaurant ;-).
The piri piri chicken is a popular choice and is grilled over wood charcoal. Don’t miss the Portugese custard tarts, Pastel de Nata for dessert.
Address: Casa do Frango, 1st Floor, 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
At the top of the Kings Road you’ll find Chicama, the sister restaurant of Pachamama. This restaurant specializes in Peruvian cooking. It’s photogenic in quite a subtle way, with marble topped tables and dusky pink star floor tiles.
There’s an attractive terrace for when the weather warms up. The food is nicely presented, with seafood dishes being a specialty.
Chicama, 383 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LP
8. Clerkenwell Grind
Escape the daily grind with a visit to Clerkenwell ;-). There are actually 9 Grind cafes and restaurants in London but our favourite is this one for its comfy velvet banquettes and marble topped tables.
Take a seat in the bar if you want to snap away to your heart’s content. It’s harder in the restaurant where the tables are fairly close together.
The acai bowl and beetroot latte and are beautifully presented and if you’re lucky you may get a swan latte art adorning yours.
Clerkenwell Grind, 2-4 Old St, London EC1V 9AA
9. Clos Maggiore
Consistently named one of the most romantic restaurants in London, Clos Maggiore has true Gallic flair. This Covent Garden eatery is one of the most Instagrammable London restaurants.
Try to book a table in the conservatory, which has an open fireplace and flowers covering the ceiling.
Clos Maggiore, 33 King St, London WC2E 8JD
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10. Coppa Club
There are 5 Coppa Club restaurants in the UK, and two in London. The one at St Paul’s has great views of the catherdral, but it’s the Tower Bridge restaurant that attracts Instagrammers.
During Wintertime, there are distinctive heated glass igloos with sheepskin rugs and panoramic views of Tower Bridge. Make sure to book as they’re always in demand.
Coppa Club Tower Bridge, 3, Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH
11. Dalloway Terrace
You might have spotted Dalloway Terrace on Instagram, as its floral wall is so popular. It’s located in the Bloomsbury Hotel and named after a character in a Virginia Woolf novel.
A beautiful London restaurant at any time of year, Dalloway Terrace has cosy throws to help keep you warm in Wintertime.
Inside the Bloomsbury Hotel there’s one of the most Instagrammable London bars, the Coral Room. Decorated in vibrant shades of coral, as you might have guessed, it’s a luxurious place for a cocktail or afternoon tea.
Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
What is the meaning of drunch? Its a cross between drinks and lunch and also between lunch and dinner. There are two cool Drunch restaurants in London, one in Mayfair just off Bond Street and the other close to Regent’s Park.
The Mayfair branch is bedecked with flowers and there’s often a giant purple teddy bear lounging on its terrace. The Regent’s Park eatery has a charming shady terrace and stylish interior with an open fire.
Drunch Mayfair, 1 Woodstock St, Mayfair, London W1C 2AA
13. Elan Cafe
With several locations in the capital, Elan Cafe is one of the most Instagrammable places to eat in London. All the cafes have slightly different decor but with the overriding floral theme very much in evidence.
The original one in Knightsbridge has a floral feature wall and is generally packed.
The Market Place flagship cafe has a cool bicycle outside and beautiful marble table tops. At the new Hans Place branch, there’s a fun Love Hearts display.
There’s some of the most Instagrammable food in London at Elan Cafe but it’s not cheap. We recommend the fruit plate and the delectable cakes that you can choose from the counter.
Elan Cafe, 9 Market Place, London W1W 8AQ
14. Farm Girl
One of the most Instagrammable cafes in London, Farm Girl is inspired by the lively brunch scene in Melbourne.
There are three London locations, Chelsea, Notting Hill and Soho.
The Chelsea cafe is situated on one of the most upmarket streets in Chelsea. Head to the back of the cafe designed by Beata Heuman for the most camera friendly area. There are trailing plants and spotlights galore.
Farm Girl Chelsea, 9 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ
15. German Gymnasium
This stylish restaurant in King’s Cross was previously the first purpose built gym in the UK. One of the most Instagram worthy restaurants in London, this Grade II listed building has won many design awards.
It serves tasty German food all day on the ground floor and upper level. In Summer, the terrace is a great spot for relaxing.
German Gymnasium, King’s Blvd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU
16. The Ivy Chelsea Garden
There are now over 30 restaurants in The Ivy Collection but The Ivy Chelsea Garden is one of the most photogenic. The Edwardian facade is frequently adorned with colourful flowers.
You’ll find a pretty garden terrace and an orangery to the rear. Make sure to book as they’re very popular.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195 -197 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ
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17. Jones Family Kitchen
Tucked away in the courtyard of Eccleston Yards between Belgravia and Victoria you’ll find Jones Family Kitchen. A sister restaurant of the popular Jones Family Project in Shoreditch, it has a lovely terrace. Eccleston Yards is an attractive destination in its own right, with several colourful wall murals and lots of plants dotted around.
Try the regularly changing cocktail list and enjoy the dry-aged steaks are from The Ginger Pig. It’s definitely one of the best London restaurants in terms of service and value for money.
Jones Family Kitchen, 7-8 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9AZ
18. The Landmark London
A great place for afternoon tea in Marylebone, the Landmark London has a show stopping glass atrium. Its Winter Garden restaurant is eight floors high and has some impressive palm trees.
The hotel opened in 1899 and is known for its elegant decor and impeccable service.
The Landmark London, 222 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6JQ
19. Palm Vaults
This casual cafe in Hackney has some very healthy food on the menu. They do a great line in colourful lattes too.
The pink exterior is sure to brighten your day, while the interior has a multitude of hanging plants. Their take away coffee cups are very photogenic.
Palm Vaults, 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY
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20. Peggy Porschen
Possibly the most Instagrammable place in London, Peggy Porschen is known for its pink facade. Located on stylish Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, it’s as famous for its cakes as it’s decor.
The boutique exterior has regularly changing displays and on Valentine’s Day and at Christmas time it’s particularly photogenic. There are a couple of seats outside which are in high demand.
A recently opened branch is bringing “a whole new world of prettiness” to the Kings Road.
Peggy Porschen, 116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ
21. Sketch London
Famous for its egg shaped toilets and stylish interiors, Sketch London is located in an elegant 18th century townhouse. One of the best restaurants in Mayfair, Sketch is the brainchild of Mourad Mazouz and Pierre Gagnaire.
Yet it’s not just the loos that are photoworthy here, The Gallery designed by artist David Shrigley is equally impressive. We recommend having afternoon tea at Sketch, as it’s beautifully presented and tastes great too.
Sketch London, 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
22. Sky Garden
There are two restaurants and three bars located within the Sky Garden. This is the highest public garden in Europe, and spread over three floors.
It’s best to book as there is limited walk-in availability. Once inside, admire the spectacular views of the City and the Thames.
Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
23. Saint Aymes
The brainchild of sisters Lois and Michela Wilson, Saint Aymes is nestled in the heart of London’s Connaught Village. Bedecked with flowers throughout, it’s particularly known for its handmade chocolate creations, handpainted with 23ct gold.
If you’re feeling flush, the 24 carat gold unicorn sundae is the perfect accompaniment. Upstairs is light and airy whilst downstairs there’s a stylish tiled floor and more floral walls.
Saint Aymes, 59 Connaught St, London W2 2BB
Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, Sushisamba has a spacious terrace overlooking the piazza. Inside, there’s an abundance of plants hanging from the ceiling of the Grade II listed building.
The sushi is a tantalizing mix of Brazilian, Japanese and Peruvian and the cocktails are excellent too.
The original Sushisamba City on Bishopsgate is equally Instagrammable, with 360 degree views of the surrounding area and the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe.
Sushisamba Covent Garden, 35 The Market Building, London WC2E 8RF
With a fantastic location on the market square in Covent Garden, VyTA is a great place for authentic Italian food. The design of this all day eatery is inspired by Italy in the 1960s.
Gold accents combine with green and turquoise walls and a polychrome marble floor to great effect. The large piazza terrace and two first floor terraces are the perfect place for a cocktail.
The food is as impressive as the decor, with Italian classics such as panzanella e burrata and vitello tonnato. There’s a special pre-theatre menu, and DJ nights from Thursday to Saturday.
VyTA Covent Garden, 21 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RD
We hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of the most Instagrammable cafes and restaurants in London. Which of these would you like to visit most?
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- Secret Indian Food Tour – a 3 hour tour with an expert local guide in and around Brick Lane.
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