It’s a well-known fact that London is a prime tourist destination. With its numerous attractions and accessible transport system, it’s one of the best places to spend holidays with friends or loved ones. Accommodation is available for most budgets, from top-end hotels to more affordable hostels in central London.
For good or bad, Instagram photos are changing the way we travel and spend our holidays. In a digital age, it’s all about sharing our experiences with other people on the Internet. As a tourist these days, whenever we step foot out of the plane, train or car at a new travel destination, many of us want to document the food we eat, the people we meet and the sights we see ‒ so that we can post them on our social media accounts.
For travellers who love taking photos and posting them online, the city is home to a lot of Instagram-worthy locations. Although the list is endless, check out these places in London to instantly liven up your Instagram feed.
Notting Hill is one of London’s most photogenic districts with its iconic pastel-coloured houses along Portobello Road. These houses attract photographers from all over London and have turned the area into a popular neighbourhood for those who want to take Instagram photos. Portobello Road also has several markets filled with fashion accessories, household goods, vintage pieces and a lot more. These markets are best for backdrops, especially when the streets are also littered with talented buskers.
Additionally, Notting Hill is famous for its carnival at the end of August. It’s London’s biggest street party and filled with Caribbean sounds, sights and flavours. Extravagant floats and performers in bright costumes parade through the streets, with different kinds of food stalls along the route. If you catch this incredible carnival at the end of August, be sure to take photos of the floats; they’ll make your Instagram feed pop with life.
Pastry shops and tea rooms
If you’re in love with anything pink, Peggy Porschen Cakes and Sketch tea cafe are must-visits. Peggy Porschen Cakes is decked out in millennial pink paint and blush floral arrangements. The facade of the pastry shop really draws the eye, with its hues of pink and picturesque patterns. The exterior of the bakery has been featured in numerous fashion and travel Instagram accounts. The cakes inside are also photogenic, intricately designed and crafted by its award-winning owner.
Meanwhile, Sketch tea cafe looks something out of a fantasy movie. The attention to detail and interior design is amazing. Everything from the antique-looking champagne glasses to the cheeky works of art adorning the walls is impeccably arranged. A snapshot of this parlour will leave your Instagram followers in awe.
Traditional British pubs
No trip to the UK capital would be complete without snapping a photo at a British pub or two. London has no shortage of quirky and themed pubs to photograph. There are taverns that have been operating for centuries, some with old jail cells in their basements.
One famous pub is the Churchill Arms, with its brilliantly-coloured flowers and Winston Churchill memorabilia. The facade is covered in hundreds of flower pots and gorgeous displays throughout the year, especially during spring when it’s bedecked with 100 flower pots, 48 window boxes and 48 hanging baskets. During the Christmas season, the pub integrates its festive decorations with Christmas trees and lights to make beautiful and magical backdrops for any photo.
If you love posting photos of your travels on Instagram, London has the top spots for photography enthusiasts. Aside from its iconic landmarks and world-class attractions, the city is filled with quirky haunts that are great for photo ops, making it one of the most snap-happy destinations in the world.