My Favorite Instagrammable Spots in London

A somewhat weird mix of new and old, London doesn’t quite fit the mold of the cities that are typically my jam and butter – I love historic cities and sometimes I like modern ones, but I’m not really a fan of the two being mashed together.

Despite this, London still managed to quickly become one of my favorite cities in the world and every visit there fills me with the same level of excitement as the first time I saw it.

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London photo spots and ideas

Now there’s no debate that London is quite a big city and while some people might be content to just wander around aimlessly, others may want to plan their trip a bit more strategically so they can make sure they see all the beautiful and photogenic spots the city has to offer.

For the latter, I put together a list of my favorite photogenic spots in the city: some are well-known and some are still flying a bit under the radar. Enjoy!

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01. The Churchill Arms

The Churchill Arms is a pub at 119 Kensington Church Street whose facades are usually covered by a multitude of colorful flowers (what can be more photo-worthy than that?!).

While the corner of the pub (where the entrance is) offers the best view, it’s kinda hard to take a photo there. However, the side view on Campden St is often less crowded and you can get some really nice shots from there.

Also, don’t be sad if you are visiting London during winter: they put up quite an extravagant Christmas display as well.

The easiest way to get there is by subway as Notting Hill Gate stop is just a few minutes away by foot.

πŸ“Location: The Churchill Arms

Holding London Eye

02. London Eye

While the London Eye is by no means a hidden gem, you can always find new angles from which to photograph it.

For the idea above, head to the opposite side of the Thames River (make sure you position yourself perpendicularly as it won’t look as good from an angle) and pretend to hold the wheel.

Then have your photographer leverage perspective for a different kind of photo with the Eye. It might take a few tries, but eventually, you’ll nail it.

πŸ“Location: Victoria Embankment

Big Ben from under the bridge arch

03. Big Ben from under the bridge arch

While there are lots of spots from where you can take a photo of the famous clock, there’s one in particular that will really make your photo stand out from the crowd: a small archway at the foot of Westminster Bridge.

While the location might seem inconspicuous, the cat is already out of the bag: when I went I was quite surprised to find a line of people waiting to take a pic of Old Ben. But the view is quite worth a few minutes of waiting: the archway perfectly frames the tower.

πŸ“Location: Bridge Arch Photo

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04. Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen is a chic bakery that has really beautiful indoor and outdoor decorations that they periodically change (so you might want to revisit it on subsequent trips to London).

The cakes are good too, but nothing out of the ordinary. However, I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of typical English cakes so maybe I’m not the best person to judge. Seating is limited to just a few tables.

Since the bakery is quite close to Victoria Coach Station, it’s a good place to kill some time while waiting for your bus (if you’re lucky enough to find a free table). That’s exactly what I did as well before taking the coach to Luton airport for my flight back home.

πŸ“Location: Peggy Porschen Belgravia

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05. Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a posh neighborhood in London, lined with beautiful townhouses: some colorful, some plain white. It became quite popular with

The area around Portobello Road has gotten so popular with tourists that some homeowners put up signs asking people not to take photos with their houses or to not stand on their stairs.

If you see such a sign, please respect it. Also, try to be mindful when taking pics even in places where there are no signs and not inconvenience the locals as they go about their day. It’s a pretty place to us, but it’s their home and London gets an enormous number of tourists every year.

πŸ“Location: Notting Hill

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06. The red phone booth

These iconic red booths are scattered across the city center, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one. However, the most photographed are the ones that have Big Ben and Westminster in the background.

They’re located at the junction of Great George St. with Whitehall (one on each street), near the Westminster/Parliament Square metro station. However, you might need to wait a bit for one to be free and it will be hard to take a pic without people in the background as it’s quite a busy place.

For this reason, I think it’s worth giving up on Big Ben and choosing a booth that’s a bit more out of the way or simply not as popular. The one pictured above is located … and it was pretty easy to take a few people without anyone getting in the frame.

By the way, you might be tempted to enter (I made this mistake) and pose like you’re talking on the phone, but I’d advise against this. Since they’re not used anymore, these booths tend to be quite smelly and dirty.

πŸ“Location: Waterloo Pl (the one in the photo); K2 Telephone Box (several phone booths with Big Ben in the background)

Tropical greenhouse at Kew Gardens

07. The Greenhouses at Kew Gardens

There are several big greenhouses at Kew Gardens and you can take some really nice photos inside them. By the way, they close at 5 PM, so take note of this if you’re planning to visit later in the day.

They all have these beautiful round staircases that you can climb to look at the plants from above (side comment for the Harry Potter fans out there who played Hogwarts Legacy: I wonder if the devs took inspiration from Kew Gardens for the game’s Herbology greenhouse).

A staircase in a greenhouse at Kew Gardens

But the greenhouses at Kew are not the only photogenic spot as the Gardens are vast (you need a full day there and comfy shoes!). There are many things to discover no matter the season.

Some of my favorites were the Japanese Garden, the Sequoia Forest, and the Bonsai trees. There’s also a forest tree walk of some sorts, but I wasn’t a big fan since I hate heights:)).

Rhododendron at Kew Gardens

Also, if you visit in May like I did, make sure you don’t miss the Rhododendron Garden. I’ve never seen these shrubs as big as there and they were in full bloom. It was nothing short of amazing.

Upon entering Kew Gardens you’ll receive a map with your ticket (which was kind of expensive but worth it, especially if you love plants like me), so you can find the spots that you want to see with ease.

πŸ“Location: Kew Gardens

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08. FriendsFest

This next one is not an all-year-round location, but for some time now, there’s been a festival in London, as well as other UK cities dedicated to F.R.I.E.N.D.S and organized by Comedy Central.

They recreate sets from the show but also offer several photo opportunities based on popular scenes like the ‘Pivot’ or the ‘Floating Heads on Thanksgiving’ scene. It’s a dream for any Friends fan! If you want to go, try to buy your ticket early on, as they tend to sell out pretty fast.

2024 edit: I can’t seem to find any info about the 2024 edition of the festival and the official website currently has a certificate issue, so sadly I’m not confident it’s still going on.

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09. Maddox Gallery

Maddox Gallery is exactly what it sounds like: an art gallery. There are several locations in London and from what I saw they all boast beautifully decorated facades. Pictured above is the one on Maddox St.

πŸ“Location: Maddox Gallery

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10. Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard is a colorful small alley that opens into a courtyard where you can find several restaurants, chic cafes, and shops. It’s located in Covent Garden, central London.

Because of its small size, it can get quite busy, so coming early in the morning may be an option if you want to take some nice pictures there. I kind of wish I did that too..Β  :))

πŸ“Location: Neal’s Yard

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11. Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge is a steel pedestrian bridge that crosses the Thames.

It offers nice panoramas over both shores of the river, while its northern end opens to a great, albeit busy, framed view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The bridge also appeared in several movies.

Honestly, it will be borderline impossible to get a people-free pic along the length of the bridge unless you’re coming at sunrise (and I still have my doubts!). So make the best of it by playing with angles or just focus on its side views.

πŸ“Location: Millennium Bridge

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12. Platform 9ΒΎ at King’s Cross Station

This spot is for all the Harry Potter fans out there: while in reality King Cross’ 9th and 10th platforms are separated by tracks, they’ve actually built a 9ΒΎ platform inside the station as well.

It consists of a trolley halfway through a brick wall where people queue to take photos. You’ll be given a wand and a scarf of your choice that someone will even hold for you to make it look like you are really rushing to get to Hogwarts.

PRO TIP: Tell your photographer to use the burst mode on your phone. This way you’ll be able to better capture the movement of the scarf, plus you’ll have many more photos to choose from.

The whole experience is free, but you’ll probably want to buy some merchandise from the nearby Harry Potter-themed shop anyway.

πŸ“Location: Platform 9ΒΎ

The Shard

13. The Shard

If you cross London Bridge and turn right on Lower Thames St. you’ll eventually come across a lovely view of The Shard beautifully framed by two office buildings, one of them being Saint Magnus House.

And the best part is that there’s rarely anyone here most of the time, so you can take as many photos as you like.

πŸ“Location: The Shard viewpoint

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14. 221B Baker Street (The Sherlock Holmes Museum)

221B Baker Street is the fictional address of the likewise fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is actually located between 237 and 241 Baker Street, in a beautiful Georgian townhouse that resembles quite a lot to the one described in the books.

πŸ“Location: Sherlock Holmes Museum


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