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Top 10 Instagram spots in London

London is such a fabulously instragramable place and one of my favourites cities in the world. Nowhere quite combines the mix of centuries-old history, iconic structures and cosmopolitan vibes like London, which makes it perfect for Instagram! Here are my top 10 Instagram spots in London to bookmark for your next trip.

1) The Houses of Parliament


The Palace of Westminster (better known as the Houses of Parliament) is the oldest royal palace in London and one of the most recognised buildings in the world, not to mention one of the Britain’s most famous icons and the meeting place of Parliament.

Tip: For the best instagram shot, take a walk across Westminster bridge and wait for a black cab or one of London’s iconic red double decker buses to come past. They’ll add more depth to your photo.  

2) Covent Garden


Although originally a fruit and vegetable market in the 1600s, Covent Garden is now a central hub for high end stores, trendy restaurants and popular theatre shows. But it’s not just for the big spenders, Covent Garden has some of the best street performances in London, with performers having to audition to get specific slots in the day. Performances range from singers and magicians to acrobats and human statues, but aside from the free entertainment, Covent Garden is just super pretty and is an instagram must whilst you’re in London.

Tip: Head down late afternoon as the sun is going down, the best street performers are out and the square looks beautiful during golden hour. 

3) Portobello Road


I only recently got the chance to check out Portobello Road for the first time on my last trip to London and totally fell in love with its beautiful candy coloured buildings, worldly treasures and down-to-earth street vendors. I’ve always wanted to go ever since watching Disney’s, ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ as a little girl and it did not disappoint.

As the famous song goes, ? You’re buying the story of history and dreams ? and it’s true! As well as being aesthetically pleasing for Instagram, it’s a wonderful market to get lost in for the afternoon, selling historical items you just won’t find anywhere else in London.

Tip: Make sure to take a selfie stick to get your camera above the crowd and plenty of cash…hardly anyone takes card. Also watch, ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ to get you excited for the visit ?

4) Oxford Street


Oxford Street is a major shopping area in London and has a really cool history as a former Roman road. With an eye-watering, half a million visitors a day, Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest and most popular shopping street. As well as many high street stores, high end chains host their flagship stores on the street and there are some beautiful listed buildings along the street too that are all equally instagramable.

Tip: Oxford Street is lovely all year round but really sparkles when it gets its annual Christmas makeover. Head down around Christmas time for a day of shopping and check out all the lovely Christmas decorations and window displays (especially House of Fraser). 

5) Piccadilly Circus


I like to think of Piccadilly Circus as the, ‘Times Square’ of London. It has all the same bright lights, fabulous restaurants and theatre shows but with a dash of cool Britannia ?

Tip: Head down after dark to really see those screens pop! 

6) Camden Lock


Camden is a well-known music hot spot in London where the likes of Amy Winehouse and the Libertines would regularly frequent. But it is most famous for its diverse street market filled with vintage fashion, unique artwork and fresh street food. Located by the river, Camden Lock is also the perfect place to hang out on a nice summer’s day to soak up the sunshine with a few craft beers.

Tip: Try to go during the week as it is a relatively small area and gets super busy over the weekend. Plus you’ll have fewer people ruining the aesthetic of your Instagram photos. 

7) Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace is one of Britain’s most recognisable buildings and quite rightly too, it is the seat of monarchy and the headquarters of royal affairs of state. But it is probably more recognisable in modern times for the commemoration and celebration that takes place on its famous balcony.

Tip: Time your visit for when the changing of the guards is taking place. It is a formal palace ceremony in which the Queen’s guards are relieved from duty by the next shift of guards. It’s quite a sight to behold! You can find timings of the ceremony here

8) Emirates Airline Cable Car


A relatively new addition to the skyline, the Emirates Airline Cable Car offers one of the best views in London with a unique perspective of Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena and the Olympic Park. It’s a tad pricey at £8.40 for a round trip (that only takes about 10 minutes) but it’s well worth it to access one of the best Instagram spots in London.

Tip: The views are wonderful no matter what the time you go but you’ll get a pretty sweet sunset shot if you time your visit around dusk. The colours from that height are amazing!

9) Tower of London


The Tower of London is one of my absolute favourite places to visit in London. With its prominent role in English heritage since the white tower’s construction in 1078 and its dark tales, it is a fantastic day out with a wide variety of photos ops, both inside and outside the tower. Best photo spots include: the shard from outside the cafe at the back of the tower complex and tower bridge from the top of the stairs leading into the white tower.

Tip: I’d recommend visiting on a week day if you can and when the sky is reasonably clear. It’ll be a little quieter and with a clear sky, you’ll be able see across London from the inside. 

10) King’s Cross Station


King’s Cross Station opened in 1852 and was built as the hub of the Great Northern Railway.  Restoration works finished in 2013, which included the station’s stunning victorian arched roof. It is a beautifully historic train station but more importantly, is the home of Platform 9 and 3/4 and a great instagram opportunity, even if you think you’re too cool for it! ?

Tip: Go during the day. There is a queue to have your photo taken but representatives from the Harry Potter shop have a great set up and will loan you a Hogwarts house scarf of your choice for the picture. You’re not required to buy the official photo at the end and staff are happy to take a photo on your own camera for free. Don’t forget to check out the official merchandise store afterwards if you’re a keen Potter fan.  

So what do you think of my list of top 10 Instagram spots in London? Do you have any favourite Instagram spots in London? Let me know in the comments below ?



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Hi, I’m Mel! The adventure-seeking vegan travel blogger behind Footsteps on the Globe. On this blog you'll find my latest adventures, travel inspiration as well as tips and tricks on how to be vegan around the world. You don’t have to give up being vegan to follow your travel dreams and I’m here to show you how!