28 London Instagram Spots – The Best Photo Spots in London

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London is one of the most eye-catching cities in Europe. Boasting awe-inspiring architecture and iconic London landmarks, as well as hip urban enclaves, the opportunities for London photography, are endless. To help inspire your creativity, we have put together this list of 28 of the best photography and Instagram spots in London. With the help of this guide, you can spend less time searching for the right angles and more time enjoying the city.

London is one of the most happening and exciting cities in all of Europe. And I know you’re probably thinking I’m biased because I’m a local, but it’s true. You see, everything about the British capital is larger than life. With its rich history, vibrant culture, magnificent architecture, eccentric fashion, wild nightlife, and unrivalled culinary scene, London ignites your senses in the best possible way.

So let’s get to it, here are the 28 Best Instagram Spots in London.

London Instagram Spots – The Best Photo Spots in London

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The Best London Photography Spots

1. Notting Hill 

Our first London Instagram spot needs little introduction. With its vibrant annual street festival and Hollywood movie of the same name, to its bustling antique market and multi-coloured houses, Notting Hill is one of the most iconic neighbourhoods in London.

It’s the pastel-coloured houses, however, that send all influencers and photographers into a tizzy, and you can see why. These stunning colours will brighten up even the dullest of Instagram feeds.

By all means, snap away but I must ask that you remain respectful. Try to avoid standing on the steps or sitting on walls outside the property, or you could experience the wrath of a true Londoner. You can capture equally beautiful angles on the street in front. 

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2. The Churchill Arms

Another Instagram spot in Notting Hill is the gorgeous Churchill Arms Pub. Adorned in what’s believed to be £30,000 worth of flowers, and filled with Churchill memorabilia it’s one of the top places to visit in London. Not to mention one of the most photogenic pubs in all of the city. Stop by one afternoon or evening for a photo, and afterwards indulge in some delicious Thai food and a pint of real ale!

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3. Natural History Museum

Our 3rd Instagrammable spot in London is the National History Museum. Often considered to be the best of its kind in the world, this top London Museum is bursting with wonders, and never fails to blow my mind.

The wonderful thing about museums in London is that many are completely free to enter. So if you’re travelling to London on a budget, it’s the ideal activity.

We loved experimenting with different shots at the National History Museum but our favourite angle is the one pictured below. We recommend using a wide-angle lens to fit the stairway and skeleton in.

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4. Baker Street Tube Station

We stumbled upon our next London Instagram spot by accident, but don’t you agree it looks pretty awesome? You’ll need someone who can take the photo for you on the platform opposite, so you’ll most certainly want to avoid peak hours. To catch the train in motion, the timing has to be perfect and you’ll need a slower shutter speed for the moving effect.

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5. Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is London’s answer to Times Square. Albeit anticlimactic when compared to the NYC hub, it’s a great atmosphere all the same. Featuring all things iconic to London such as underground signs, red phone boxes, and red double-decker buses, it’s the perfect spot for an Instagram photo.

Being one of Londons most popular tourist attractions this place is busy and alive. Expect to find street performers, great food, catchy music, and at night the place lights up from the neon displays. Again this is a busy spot in London, so avoid peak hours.

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6. Oxford Street

Everybody knows that London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so if you’re looking to glam up your wardrobe, this is the place to do it. Your eyes will bulge at the sight of the hundreds of designer stores that line Oxford Street. You don’t need to be flash for cash either. Some of the UK’s most affordable high street brands such as Topshop, River Island, and even Primark have flagship stores here.

Oxford Street is also an iconic London Instagram Spot, and you get bonus points if you can get a red bus or 2 in the frame!

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Oxford Street London
Oxford Street London at Christmas

7. Covent Garden

If you’re visiting London, you’re bound to end up in Covent Garden at one point or another. This vibrant spot is home to pubs, bars, shops, restaurants, and all kinds of entertainment.

Regardless of when you visit, it’s always bustling with people, but during the Summer is when you can truly appreciate the London vibe.

What’s more, throughout the year Covent Garden hosts all kinds of events and one-off installations like this piano, that draw in the crowds with their attractability. Click here to see what’s on.

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8. Neal’s Yard

Another worthy Instagram Spot in Covent Garden is Neals Yard. Tucked away down a back street, Neals Yard is a hidden gem and one of London’s most colourful and photogenic streets. Lined with quaint boutiques and trendy restaurants, the cobbled ally is full of character and a great spot to hang out as well as taking photos.

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9. Big Ben from Parliament Square

Does it get any more London than a red phone box and the towering spire of Big Ben in the same frame? You won’t want to miss this iconic London Instagram spot which is beautiful at any time of day.

As you can imagine, this area gets super busy and naturally, it’s popular with photographers so we recommend you arrive early in the morning or at night. Using a long exposure you can capture a mesmerising scene with the car lights which looks exceptionally cool.

*As of June 2020, the Elizabeth Tower, housing the Big Ben bell, is under construction and thus, clad in scaffolding. They estimate to complete the works by the end of the year

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10. Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament

Big Ben (which is the name of the bell, not of the tower) and the Houses of Parliament are considered to be national treasures of London. So to capture them both in one frame is a London photography opportunity you won’t want to miss.

To capture the angle below, cross over Westminster Bridge and follow the steps down to the right, and you’ll find this perfectly framed archway with Big Ben in the background. This place is popular for sunset golden hour as the sun sets behind the building. 

*As of June 2020, the Elizabeth Tower, housing the Big Ben bell, is under construction and thus, clad in scaffolding. They estimate to complete the works by the end of the year

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11. London Eye from across the River Thames

Next up, walk along the Thames towards the famous London Eye, which is hard to miss from the previous Instagram spot. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, the wheel is one of the most recognisable structures amid the London cityscape and provides unrivalled views over our beloved city.

As you can see, the London Instagram spot below is on the opposite side of the River Thames from the. This area goes into the shade in the afternoon so if you would prefer a sunny shot you’ll need to get there in the morning.

*If you plan on riding the London Eye, book your tickets in advance to make this experience more enjoyable.

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12. London Eye with Red Telephone Boxes

The other shot to be had with the iconic London Eye is next to two red telephone boxes, set just a short walk from our previous spot. Walk back towards Big Ben and you can’t miss this picture-perfect Instagram spot that screams all things London.

*The London Eye makes for an awesome shot at night too. Using a long exposure will capture the illuminated wheel in motion, resulting in quite the dynamic shot.

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13. Millennium Bridge

Next up is one of the most famous spots for London photography and it’s not too difficult to see why. The Millennium Bridge sits just an 8-minute walk from the London Eye and it’s a pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge. Many people claim to feel the bridge shake if there are many people on it at the same time, but don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe.

This famous London Bridge gets super busy, so we recommend you arrive early in the morning or even better at night, when the bridge is lit up. Don’t you agree it makes for a striking photo with St Pauls Cathedral in the background?

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14. St Paul’s Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral is another of London’s leading sightseeing attractions. A building steeped in history, you can’t leave the big smoke without snagging a photo or 2. 

This jaw-dropping cathedral sits on legate hill, the highest point of London, offering stunning panoramic views from the top. For quite some time, the cathedral was the tallest building in all of London. It’s dome unmistakable amidst the city skyline.

You can capture the cathedral from many angles. However, our favourite Instagram spot has to be the one seen below. Located just a short walk from the Millennium Bridge, the striking reflections from the glass at both sides of the shot make for a truly interesting photo.

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15. Leadenhall Market

Our 15th London Instagram spot is this cobbled street marketplace located in the heart of the city. Leadenhall Market inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone, so it’s an absolute must-visit for all potter-heads.

Every time I walk through Leadenhall, I pray that a wand store will magically appear, and I’ll finally be the witch I’ve always wanted to be. But so far, no such luck.  

Potter Fan or not, this picturesque place is not to be missed for its striking symmetry and ornate Victorian style. You’ll need your wide-angle lens for this shot below.

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16. Saint Dunstan in the East Church Garden

Our next stop is somewhat of a hidden gem in London, but it’s always been one of my favourite places to escape the hustle and bustle. What was once a Church of England Parish Church, now lays in ruins following an attack during WWII.

The ruins are now a secluded public garden, and the range of plants wending their way around the remains makes for an enchanting scene. A popular place for wedding photographers and music videos.

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17. Sky Garden

Sky Garden is Londons highest public garden offering stunning City views in a beautiful urban jungle. It’s without a doubt one of the most idyllic and photogenic spots in the whole of London making it a popular Instagram hot spot.

The top floor has a restaurant where you can enjoy food and cocktails with live music. You have to book a ticket to get into this place, its free entry but we recommend booking weeks in advance.

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18. Coppa Club Igloos

Next up is a trendy hang out, acclaimed restaurant, and a London Instagram hotspot all wrapped up into one. Concepts like this are just one of the reasons I love London so much. Who wouldn’t want to dine in one of these cosy igloos with a striking view of Tower Bridge?

At Coppa Club, the food and cocktail menu is enough to get the mouth-watering, and then you have these innovative igloos to enjoy them in! You won’t want to miss this place but remember to book your igloo weeks in advance. Click here to book.

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19. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a defining landmark in London and there are a couple of great shots to be had here. For the first, head toward the famous Girl and Dolphin statue on the north side of the River Thames. Along this side, you will capture the best backdrop of Tower Bridge with a view of The Shard in the distance. It’s an especially stunning spot for sunset when a plethora of colours grace the sky. That’s if it’s not raining of course.

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20. On Tower Bridge

Another great angle of Tower Bridge is to get directly on to it like our friend Ellie below. We love how this angle creates a dynamic and unique shot, don’t you?

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21. Lewisham Library Phone Booth

Did you know Londons smallest library was set in a red telephone box? How very ‘London’ of us! The Lewisham Library Phone Booth is somewhat of a hidden gem on the outskirts of the city and for sure one of London’s most unique Instagram spots.

You can find this cute book-exchange near St Johns Station where you can create a cute and quirky photo. You can read about the history of the Lewisham Book exchange telephone box here.

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22. Kew Gardens

When it comes to nature photography in London, you do not want to miss Kew Gardens. Home to the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”, you could spend all day here capturing beautiful and vibrant photos for your Instagram feed.

Located in Richmond, you will have to travel a little outside of the city to get to Kew Gardens but it’s totally worth the journey.

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23. Mayfield Lavender Fields

Next up on our list of London photography spots are the jaw-dropping Mayfield Lavender Fields. During the peak months of June-August, you can expect the sprawling fields to be adorned in purple lavender. It’s unusual to find anything like this close to Central London, so the journey to Banstead is well worth it.

It’s advised to check the website in advance of visiting, as they are not open to the public all year round. The weather can also influence the bloom of the lavender, so again, you’ll want to check this before you go. How cool is this red phone box in the middle of the fields though?

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24. Tumbling Phone Boxes

The red telephone box is iconic when it comes to London photography, so it’s no wonder that they are popping up around the city in unique and creative ways. We absolutely love this masterpiece by David Mach, that sees 12 red phone boxes topple like dominoes.

The work of art names ‘out of order’ is in Kingston – South West London, so it’s a little outside of the city centre. But you know what they say, ‘do it for the gram‘!

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25. Platform 9 and 3/4

Consider yourself a Harry Potter fan? Well, then you’ll be in your element in London! There are numerous spots around the city that inspired certain scenes from the films. But the most famous spot is undoubtedly the Platform 9 and 3/4 inside the busy Kings Cross Station. You can get a fun photo at this famous London Instagram spot, but be prepared to queue.

*Consider yourself a Harry Potter fanatic? Check out this best-selling Harry Potter guided walking tour and trace the footsteps of your favourite witches and wizards around Muggle London.

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26. Girls Girls Girls Sign

Our next London photography hotspot could easily be mistaken for something cheeky like a strip bar, when in fact, it’s actually a Mexican restaurant.

Set in Soho, the acclaimed restaurant ‘La Bodega Negra’ has several neon signs in its windows, attracting photographers and influencers alike. A great marketing tactic if you ask me!

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Soho London
Girls Girls Girls in Soho London

27. London Christmas Lights

Oh London, you so pretty! Especially during the festive months when the realm of striking Christmas lights adorn the streets. Oxford Street and Regent Street are especially picturesque, or get yourself to Winter Wonderland for some festive fun!!

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28. Gods Own Junkyard

Last but not least on our list of London Instagram spots is Gods Own Junkyard. And no, this isn’t where God throws out his trash. This is a psychedelic paradise of funky neon lights and vintage signs, that all belong in my house one day if you ask me!

If you like all things neon, you won’t want to miss this warehouse in London where you are sure to snag a creative photo or 2. It’s free to enter but only opens on the weekends and it might cost you a small fortune to walk away with a sign.

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Responsible Photography in London

Often when you travel, you see things that completely blow your mind, It’s natural to want to take photos. However, please keep in mind the following basic rules of street photography:

  • Respect historical and memorial sights
  • Don’t climb on sacred buildings or structures
  • Take care of your safety at all times
  • Do it for the ‘gram does not apply if it seems unsafe in any way
  • Be friendly – A smile goes a long way
  • Respect the privacy of your subjects
  • If somebody is irritated by the camera, put it away.
  • If you’re asked to delete an image, do so.
  • Check out our guide on responsible travel

If you have any questions about how we took these shots, feel free to ask in the comments below. You can check out our photography gear here.

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Did you Enjoy our List of Photography Spots in London?

Well, that concludes 28 London Instagram Spots – The Best Photo Spots in London.  If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!

Stay adventurous and Happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie x

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4 thoughts on “28 London Instagram Spots – The Best Photo Spots in London

  1. Wow, what a great post and so many helpful tips about taking pictures in London! I have been there in 2018 during Christmas season to see the Christmas lights and was blown away. Need to go back to take more great pictures, there are still a lot of places on my list like the Natural History Museum.

  2. This entire post is so educational and includes such helpful information and tips it would take me forever to find! The pictures have me wanting to see everything London has to offer!! Love this site ♥

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