The best Instagram spots in London

London Eye from Victoria Embankment with phone booth - London

The best Instagram spots in London

London is one of those European capital cities with a lot of amazing places to capture! As an content creator on Instagram and a photographer, I am always looking for the best places and the best angles to shoot beautiful images. Therefore here is a list of the best Instagram spots in London for you to create the prettiest pictures and memories!

First of all Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic landmark of London, so you cannot miss it!

You can capture it from many different angles:

  • On the bridge itself. If you are patient you can even get one of those cool red buses on your picture!
  • On the left side from the banks of Thames close to Potters Fields Park
  • On the right side from the banks of the Thames in Butler’s Wharf Pier

 

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: If you want to shoot on the bridge itself it might be better to be there very early before there is too much traffic and passerbys. but if you want to shoot from the left side or the right side you can go at any time of the day.

Location: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

2. London Eye

The London Eye is the one of the largest cantilevered observation wheel in the world! From up there (135 metres high), you get a panoramic view of London up to 25 kilometres in all directions!! That is the reason why it is called London Eye. It’s the most popular paid tourist attraction of London.

You can take photos with London Eye from a few different angles:

  • Below London Eye itself
  • From Westminster Bridge
  • From Victoria Embankment on the other side of the Thames (here on the pictures)

 

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: If you want to shoot below London Eye it is better to do it early  morning before there are too many tourists. But if you want to shoot from Westminster Bridge or from Victoria Embankment you can go at any time of the day.

Location: Lambeth, London SE1 7PB

3. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, aka Big Ben, are among London’s must-see attractions! Therefore it’s part of the best Instagram spots in London!

Big Ben is unfortunately undergoing vital repair works to keep it in great condition. The repairs are due to be completed in the early 2020s.

Until then you can still take great pictures with the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. It is the building where the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet and where the day to day running of the country takes place. It’s very beautiful with its gothic architecture!

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: You can take your pictures from Westminster Bridge at any time of the day.

Location: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

4. Notting Hill

When I am thinking about Notting Hill I always imagine the famous pastel houses … but this neighborhood has many more colors and places to offer! If you are on a hunt for the best Instagram spots in London, you have to visit Notting Hill!

Locations: The best thing you can do in Notting Hill? Get lost in the streets! I have divided the places to capture in two sections: the houses and the storefronts.

The pretty Houses of Notting Hill

You can find pretty houses everywhere!! Here are some of the best spots of the neighborhood:

  • Portobello Road: the main road, it runs almost the length of Notting Hill from south to north.On Saturdays it is home to Portobello Road Market, one of London’s notable street markets, known for its second-hand clothes and antiques.
  • Lancaster Road, AKA rainbow row: here you can enjoy very vivid colors such as purple, green, blue, red, yellow…
  • St Luke Mews: where you can find a cute pink house and a yellow and bleu house (literally the colors of Ikea)
  • Westbourne Park Road
  • Denbigh Terrace: pink, yellow and blue pastel houses
  • Chepstow villas: pastel villas with a palm tree
  • Colville Terrace: where you will find the red and blue houses here in the picture

The famous Storefronts of Notting Hill

And here are some of the famous storefronts:

  • The red facade of Alice’s, a quaint antique and vintage shop – 86 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2QD
  • The black and white facade of Biscuiteers – 13 Northcote Rd, London SW11 1NG
  • The Travel Book Shop, the famous book shop of the movie Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. It is actually not a bookshop but a gift shop – 142 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2DZ. It has been inspired by another bookshop nearby (the Notting Hill Bookshop – 13 Blenheim Cres, Notting Hill, London W11 2EE)
  • The blue facade of The Distillery – 186 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1LA

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: If you are there on a weekday it is more quiet than during the weekend. Indeed I visited in the afternoon on a Tuesday and it was fine! But during the weekend it will be more busy.

5. Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is the round open space at the junction of Regent Street with Piccadilly. It is famous for its video display and neon signs, as well as the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and statue. The different entrances of the metro station Piccadilly Circus make also very cool insta spots!

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: It is surrounded by tourists attractions, retail stores, nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Therefore it is a busy meeting place! Unless you go there very early, you will have to manage with the people around you for your pictures.

Location: Piccadilly Circus, London

6. Regent Street

Regent street is a major shopping street. It makes an interesting curve and there are many red buses passing in the street: 2 good reasons to take pictures here! It also have the prettiest Christmas lights and decorations at the end of the year!

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: it is better to go there at the time when the stores in the streets are closed, as there will be less people walking around.

Location: Regent Street, London

7. Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the major museums of London. Not only it is very interesting to visit but it also has a very beautiful architecture with an ornate terracotta facade (typical of high Victorian architecture). Therefore it’s a good spot to shoot for your Instagram!

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: I managed to shoot my pictures during the day from a spot where there is no traffic on the side.

Location: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

8. Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen is one of the prettiest cafes of London! There are 2 great reasons to go there: the lovely pink facades and the cute and yummy cupcakes! They have a seasonal decoration changing regularly on their facade so it worth going all year long.

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: Any time of the day is ok. Nevertheless be aware that there are many people queuing to get there during the week-ends.

Locations: there are 2 locations: Peggy Porschen Belgravia 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ and Peggy Porschen Chelsea 219 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EJ. Both of them have a photogenic facade.

More info: https://www.peggyporschen.com/

9. Elan Cafe

Elan Cafe is definitely another cute cafe of London. I am obsessed with their flower walls and they have the prettiest pink cakes I have ever seen! You can make very pretty pictures inside with the decorated walls especially made for Instagram!

Locations: they have several locations in London

  • Market Place Oxford Circus,
  • Brompton Road South Kensington: I have been to this location, they have a beautiful flower wall
  • Park Lane Mayfair,
  • Selfridges London Oxford Street: the second largest location
  • Hans Crescent Knightsbridge: they have a lovely hearts wall – this one is the largest, spread across 2 floors

 

Best moment of the day to take pictures here: any time of the day is ok as far you get a table. But you may have to queue to get there during the week-ends.

More info: https://www.elnlondon.co.uk/

You should also read The Most Instagrammable Cafes of London: I have gathered here for you the list of my favorite addresses to enjoy good food in a lovely environment in London!

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About Me

Hello! I am Ophélie, an avid traveller, photographer and foodista. I am French and I live in Paris.

This blog, will give you all my secrets: my best addresses (sightseeing and food) all around the world and in Paris, and my travel and lifestyle tips!

 

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48 Comments
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    Posted at 12:15h, 17 November Reply

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  • Mayuri Patel
    Posted at 12:45h, 25 April Reply

    All those Places are really worth visit and so colorful.The Tower bridge clicks I loved most. Thank you for sharing all the locations

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:32h, 25 April Reply

      You are welcome Mayuri! I hope to visit London again to capture more beautiful places!

  • Amanda OBrien
    Posted at 12:54h, 25 April Reply

    So many great spots! Thanks for the detailed run down on the best streets for photos in notting hill – I am going to use this list tomorrow!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:32h, 25 April Reply

      Really? This makes me so happy Amanda! I am sure you will enjoy your photo stroll!

  • Nina | Lemons and Luggage
    Posted at 13:05h, 25 April Reply

    I was planning to move to London but now can’t because of COVID-19 so thank you so much for allowing me to virtually be there at this time!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:33h, 25 April Reply

      I am glad to bring London to you in a virtual way Nina! Hopefully you can move there soon!

  • Caroline
    Posted at 13:33h, 25 April Reply

    This is totally making me want to go back to London asap!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:34h, 25 April Reply

      There are so many pretty places in London! Hopefully travel in Europe will still be possible in the coming months!

  • Simona
    Posted at 14:14h, 25 April Reply

    OMG, your pictures are GORGEOUS <3 The dresses are sooo beautiful. Thank fo all the tipps, next time I guess I'll have a photo session 😀

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:35h, 25 April Reply

      London is such a photogenic city Simona! I am sure you will have fun taking pictures the next time you visit!

  • Charlotte Lint
    Posted at 14:27h, 25 April Reply

    So many lovely photos Ophélie! I really have to return to London 😀

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:36h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you Charlotte! I hope we can travel there again soon!

  • Katja | placesandnotes
    Posted at 15:02h, 25 April Reply

    Wow so many great spots! I´ve been to London many times, but I got som new ideas which areas to re-visit or visit for the first time and make some nice pics, thanks for sharing these stunning pictures! Love London, fingers crossed we can all travel soon again 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:36h, 25 April Reply

      I am glad I brought you some new ideas Katja! I really hope so too!

  • Jiayi Wang
    Posted at 16:43h, 25 April Reply

    Love your photos here Ophelie!! What a great guide, and your dresses are all beautiful!!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:38h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you Jiayi! Your tips made me wanna go there again asap!

  • Audrey
    Posted at 17:12h, 25 April Reply

    First, your dresses are absolutely gorgeous and you look stunning in every picture. I am jealous. Now, that being said, I always wanted to visit Notting Hill for as long I can remember, because of the movie with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:40h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you for the compliments Audrey! A stroll in Notting Hill will make you appreciate the movie even more!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 17:23h, 25 April Reply

    These pictures are great! Can’t wait until I can travel in London again and find all these spots 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:41h, 25 April Reply

      I am happy you like the pictures Natalie! I hope we can all travel soon and that you can enjoy them by yourself!

  • Charu Goyal
    Posted at 17:44h, 25 April Reply

    You make me miss London so much Ophelie! Wish we knew each other when I used to live there 💗

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:41h, 25 April Reply

      Indeed I would have loved to walk around London with you Charu!

  • Kriszti
    Posted at 17:49h, 25 April Reply

    Your pictures are so beautiful Ophélie! I’ve already been to London like 3-4 times but since it was pre-IG time I don’t really have any good pictures. I would love to go back again and see all these gorgeous places and cafes! 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:42h, 25 April Reply

      London is made for the gram Kriszti! I was happy to be able to re-visit last year! Hopefully you can go again too!

  • Ellie Green
    Posted at 17:52h, 25 April Reply

    So many beautiful shots! I especially love Tower Bridge!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:43h, 25 April Reply

      I wish we had more time to take pictures last time we visited together Ellie! We should plan that again!

  • Agnes
    Posted at 18:51h, 25 April Reply

    Love London! My trip was with my mom, so much less glamorous, but it truly is so picture perfect in so many ways. Great post!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:44h, 25 April Reply

      I agree Agnes: London is very photogenic! Thank you for your feedback!

  • Kathrine
    Posted at 19:21h, 25 April Reply

    Elan Cafe looks so adorable! I wish I could have a wall like that in my house! I love all the colors in these photos. Thanks for sharing!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:46h, 25 April Reply

      I need a flower wall too Kathrine! I am glad you appreciated the article and the photos!

  • Sandra // BlueMarble Vagabonds
    Posted at 21:09h, 25 April Reply

    Oh, you made a good job here! Dresses go so well with the background, lovely!! 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 21:47h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you Sandra! I always do my best to match my environment!

  • Bettina
    Posted at 21:55h, 25 April Reply

    These spots are so beautiful! I have been to Peggy Porschen cafe but not to Elan Cafe! Looks like an incredible place and now I want to go back! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marika
    Posted at 00:42h, 26 April Reply

    Your pics are beautiful! I used to live in London and these pictures bring back so many good memories.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:29h, 28 April Reply

      I am glad my photos are reflecting your time in London! Thank you Marika!

  • Urban Wanders
    Posted at 01:36h, 26 April Reply

    I love how helpful and detailed this Instagram Guide to London is! I’ve never been to London so I cannot wait to put your guide to the test! 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:30h, 28 April Reply

      I hope you can use it soon! Thank you very much!

  • Fiona Mai
    Posted at 04:17h, 26 April Reply

    Love all your photos and outfits! The pics at Notting Hill look so cure! I’ve saved this post to my London Things to do collection. Thank you for sharing!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:32h, 28 April Reply

      I am happy to help Fiona! Notting Hill is very photogenic!

  • Madeline
    Posted at 08:52h, 26 April Reply

    Your photos are gorgeous and I’m so obsessed with your dresses! Thanks for all the rest tips 😍

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:33h, 28 April Reply

      Thank you Madeline! I hope you will be able to use all those tips the next time you will visit London!

  • Zsuzsanna
    Posted at 20:09h, 26 April Reply

    So beautiful spots! visiting London is one of our dreams, we definitely need to visit these photo spots too!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:35h, 28 April Reply

      I hope you can visit London soon and realize your dream Zsuzsanna!

  • Courtney
    Posted at 17:32h, 23 August Reply

    Your post just reminded me how much I want to go back to Notting Hill! I was there last August during Carnival (which was a really cool experience!), but I would like to experience the vibe of the neighborhood during the rest of the year. What vibrant colors, and definitely an Insta-worthy area.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:00h, 24 August Reply

      Too bad I haven’t attended this famous Carnival yet Courtney! I will have to see it in the future! But yes this neighborhood is definitely super picturesque!

  • Mansi Sharma
    Posted at 06:20h, 01 October Reply

    Wow, such beautiful spots indeed! I especially loved your phots at Notting Hill!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:06h, 18 October Reply

      Thank you so much! London has so many pretty places to offer!

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