If you’re looking for the most Instagrammable places in London to fill your feed with beauty, then look no further. Here’s our ultimate photo guide.
17 Most Instagrammable Places In London – Ultimate Guide
What Gear Do We Use?
Getting Around London + Tips
Tower Bridge (From The Side)
Tower Bridge (On The Bridge)
The London Eye
Red Phone Box
Picadilly Circus – Coca Cola Sign
London Underground Sign
Kings Cross Train Station
London Tube Station
Oxford Street & Regent Street
St Paul’s Cathedral
Where To Stay In London
What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.
One of our most commonly asked questions, is how we take all of the couple photos seen on our Instagram. And of course, our camera gear plays a big part in that.
Click HERE for our full Travel Photography Gear – What Equipment Do We Use? blog.
Getting around London couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
London Underground (Tube):
With the London Underground being the easiest way to jump on and off between tourist spots, we highly recommend using the tube system to get around.
Zones 1-2 contain all the central London districts, and most of the major tourist attractions. The daily cap for travelling in Zones 1-2 is £7.00 when using a contactless bank card.
If you don’t have a contactless card that works in London, the best option is to purchase a 1-Day Unlimited Travel Card. These can be purchased online in advance here, and can be used on the tubes, buses, trams and Docklands Light Railway.
Most of the gaps between destinations are walkable, depending on how much ground you wish to cover and how much time you have.
Standard buses are available within your daily travel card.
However, there is also of course the famous Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.
This is always popular among tourists and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around the capital at ease.
All whilst travelling around on a traditional big red London bus!
Some of the best days out we’ve had in London have been on private tours.
So for those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
From food tours, to canal rides and pub crawls, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the UK’s capital!
Book your London Tours: London: Top Tours & Activities
WHAT TO PACK
DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod
Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50
Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket
Tower Bridge is one of the most Instagrammable places in London as well as one of the most iconic spots in the whole country.
You can walk along the promenade, past HMS Belfast, by hopping off at the nearest underground – London Bridge. Don’t get the two confused though, because although the history of London Bridge is epic, its definitely not as photogenic.
Being one of the most Instagrammable places in London means it comes with different angles.
You can walk across the bridge for free at any time of day to get this shot. It’s just about waiting for a gap in the crowds.
Standing at roughly 135 metres in height the London Eye receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza combined.
Again there are a few angles (we also took a photo crossing Westminster Bridge) although directly in front of the Eye itself was our favourite. Just a short walk from Waterloo Station!
Picadilly Circus is one of our favourite places in London.
The iconic Coca Cola sign has been around 1954 and although Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right, the sign is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in London.
How can you not take a photo with a red phone box when visiting London.
We decided to go that one step further and get creative by capturing this shot through the glass door. However just be careful if you’re using a tripod that it doesn’t get taken!
The best spots for the iconic red phone boxes are around Westminster Abbey.
They are everywhere.
Although easily found, they’re not so easily photographed. We highly recommend jumping up for sunrise or hanging around after sunset in order to grab a good shot!
This personal fave was taken around 8pm at Picadilly Circus!
We had an advertising campaign to shoot for a luggage company and what better place than Kings Cross Station.
The historic building is full of hustle and bustle, as well as a famous Platform 9 3/4, so if you’re into architecture this could well make the Instagrammable places In London list!
The bustling government area is popular for photos such as Westminster Abbey, The Houses Of Parliament and Parliament Square.
These iconic London locations are great for shooting so we jumped outside of the phone box this time to get as much ‘London’ in one photo as possible!
Chinatown is an absolute frenzy for photographers.
With lanterns, and gates, and doorways, where do you even start?
But one thing’s for sure you can create some pretty epic photos using the colours and lighting available in Chinatown!
The Sky Garden, also know as The Walkie Talkie, also known as 20 Fenchurch Street.
Whatever you call it, this insane looking building is one of the coolest in London!
You can either head up inside of the ‘tallest garden in London’, or capture it from the streets like we did.
The sad news is, Big Ben is closed due to renovations until 2021.
The good news is, you can still get a shot of the iconic land mark from many places around the city.
We took this shot just off the roundabout at Trafalgar Square. And although you can see its sad little scaffold holding up in the back, we still love the red bus effect and typical London feel.
Something a little different, but we landed on London Bridge station one morning and the tube was completely empty.
So we chucked up the tripod and grabbed this quick snap of the standout red, white and blue sign. Definitely another one for sunrise time to beat crowds.
Camden is best described as the ‘alternative’ area of London. Where everyone is accepted and nobody is stared at.
So if you’re at all uncomfortable taking photos, this is the last place people will bother you.
Camden Lock is not only one of the most Instagrammable places in London but also where we chose to spend our second date. So it was nice to revisit old memories with some much better photography skills.
The shopping districts of central London and two of the busiest streets in the city.
Our best advice is to jump on the pathway in the middle of the road and avoid any human contact. It gives you plenty of time to set up and take shots without hassle.
Just definitely prepare to be stared at!
Most recognisable for its famous bronze lions, Trafalgar Square is on the Instagrammable places in London list for a variety of reasons.
Some visit for the architecture of The National Gallery (art museum) and the surrounding turquoise fountains. Others pay their respects to Nelson’s Column which stands tall as it commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar.
A photographers dream.
There are so many angles of St Paul’s Cathedral online. From the rooftops to the side streets and building reflections.
We decided to head around the side and capture a shot of us with the famous dome!
Notting Hill is one of the most photographed areas in London, and the Notting Hill colourful houses are a huge reason as to why.
The most popular spot when it comes to pastel walls and ‘future home’ goals is Hillgate Place. As well as the side streets surrounding it, such as Farm Place and Callcott Street.
Hillgate Place is located just a short 5 minute walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground Station, so the colourful houses are super easy to find.
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Luxury – The London EDITION – The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk. The hotel boasts a Michelin starred restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, and a 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre is available for all guests. With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room at The London EDITION features a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided. Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.
Mid-Budget – Corus Hotel Hyde Park – Set within a 20-minute walk from and boasting a stylish, lounge, Corus Hotel Hyde Park features modern rooms with free WiFi. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport. The cosy, air-conditioned bedrooms at Corus Hotel have private en-suite bathrooms and satellite TVs with on-demand movies. Rooms also feature work desks, tea/coffee facilities, iron and ironing boards. The conservatory brasserie serves a modern European menu using seasonal produce. Olio Bar offers light snacks and beverages, and overlooks Hyde Park.
Budget – The Queens Hostel – Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a shared bathroom. You can play tennis at this hostel, and the area is popular for golfing. Westfield Shopping centre is just a 15-minute walk away.
For other places to stay in London you can check the latest prices here.