London is super Instagram-friendly. With pops of bright red all over the city, and unique little finds almost everywhere you go, there’s so many things to Instagram in London. When you’re in town and have your iPhone or camera in hand, challenge yourself to capture everything on this list of 20 things to Instagram in London.
If you share any of these spots on Instagram, use the hashtag #LoveandLondon so I can see, and your photo might be featured on the Love and London Instagram account.
Some Instagram tips for London
How to deal with cloudy London days
We get a lot of those. Avoid ugly grey skies by not photographing taller icons on those days, like Tower Bridge and Big Ben. They’re so high up that you can’t avoid shooting the sky around them. Instead, go for photographing subjects that will take up the whole frame, like straight-on shots of buildings in Soho, parks with trees overhanging, and eye-level street art.
How to avoid people in your photos
Sorry for the bad news, but especially if you’re visiting in the summer, then you’ll need to wake up early to get the shot. Shooting just after sunrise will be the quietest, plus you’ll have the best light. So that little sacrifice will be worth it for the beautiful shots you’ll get, without the crowds.
Is it safe to ask a stranger to take a photo of me in London?
Generally speaking, not much will happen beyond getting a crappy photo because the person you asked didn’t know how to take a good one. Personally, I am usually running around London with my Canon M50 and I wouldn’t trust anyone with it, because even if they don’t run off with it, they could easily drop it.
20 things to Instagram in London… let’s go!
Scattered around London are these cute little mews. They can catch you by surprise …
A photo posted by Jess Dante (@jess_inlondon) on
1. The Mews
Mews are cute, quaint little alleyways and streets that are hidden around London. The one shown above might be the most famous. They’re very Instagrammable. Just be aware– some are private, so don’t go down them.
Talk about curb appeal 🌈 found in Notting Hill, London. A photo posted by Jess Dante (@jess_inlondon) on
2. Colourful houses in Notting Hill
The colourful houses of Notting Hill almost don’t seem real. Wander around near Portobello Road and you’ll be sure to spot some.
3. Street art in Shoreditch
Street art can be found in all different parts of London but in Shoreditch, it’s around every corner. Because it’s ever-changing, beautiful, and colourful, it’s one of the best things to Instagram in London.
4. Afternoon tea
Because it’s just TOO DAMN PRETTY. If you want to know the best places to get afternoon tea in London, grab The Local Guide to London.
5. The skyline from Waterloo Bridge
The Eye, Big Ben, and Westminster Bridge can be seen on one side of Waterloo Bridge, and then on the other is the Oxo Tower, the Shard, St. Pauls, and a few more. It’s a major photo spot.
6. Red telephone boxes
Because #iconic, and one’s just not enough! I point out where to find some red telephone boxes in my post about 5 Great Photo-Taking Spots in London.
7. Big Ben and Parliament from Westminster Bridge
At the time I’m publishing this (2018), Elizabeth Tower, which is the tower that holds Big Ben (the bell), is majorly under construction, and not as picture perfect as usual. But I’ve seen some lovely photos taken here despite the construction.
We haven’t had the nicest June in London this year, but the few moments of sunshine have been lovely. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better weather to come! A photo posted by A Lady in London (@aladyinlondon) on
8. The symmetrical trees in Green Park
The symmetrical tree line in Green Park creates leading lines, which in the photography world, is incredibly appealing to the eye. Definitely worth visiting Green Park for an Instagram shot.
9. An underground station
This is best at night or early in the morning, when it’s not so crowded.
Columbia flower market has my heart 😍😍😍😍 💐💐💐 #jjollidays #london #columbiaflowermarket #peonies A photo posted by Jaime L. (@jaim) on
10. Columbia Road Flower Market
All the pretty flowers. Enough said.
11. Rooftop bar
If you’re visiting London in the warmer months, a must-do is visiting a rooftop bar. Grab yourself a drink, then snap an Instagram shot of the city.
12. A cute English pub
They’re all over the place, and many have flowers on the exterior. The tradition of putting flowers outside a pub started a couple hundred years ago, when pubs didn’t have names. So everyone would say “let’s meet at the pub with the pink and purple flowers”. Cool.
13. Pimms, al fresco
The drink of choice for the English when the sun’s out for five minutes, if you don’t hold it up and take a photo, did you even really drink it? Served at most bars and pubs in London.
Piccadilly piccadilly. #piccadillycircus #london #streetlife #2015 #thisislondon A photo posted by Türkan (@tersninja_) on
14. Piccadilly Circus
Hide the tourists, point your camera up to capture all of the pretty and less of the madness.
Hats on caps on hats… and the men who purchase them. #thisislondon A photo posted by Jess Dante (@jess_inlondon) on
15. Quirky London shops
London’s shops are definitely playing up to the Instagram generation, making their shopfronts as pretty as a picture. You’ll find plenty of cute shopfronts all around the city, making this one of the easiest things to Instagram in London.
16. London’s vintage shops
If you’re a vintage lover, London is a goldmine for you. Head to Shoreditch for the most vintage shops in the smallest area, and snap some Instagram shots while you’re shopping.
Watch my video on the best places to go vintage shopping in London.
What happens when you drive over Tower Bridge, like we did this weekend. BTW there’s a new post up on Love and London about the new direction that the blog is going in and a special treat in celebration of my birthday month! Click the link in my bio to read. A photo posted by Jess Dante (@jess_inlondon) on
17. Standing on Tower Bridge
You can walk across Tower Bridge and when you do, look up. It’s an impressive piece of work, and definitely worth a #lookup Instagram shot.
18. St. Paul’s Cathedral from Millennium Bridge
They line up so perfectly. Head to the Tate Modern, and you’ll find the bridge. Make sure you’re centered perfectly or the photo will look a little wonky.
19. The ceiling at the British Museum
Looks cool, and it’s proof that you’re cultured. JK 🙂 The museum holds over a million artifacts… make sure you give yourself a few hours to explore once you get that Instagram shot.
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[📸: @genegonzales] Regent Street is one of London’s most famous roads. If you walk it from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, you’ll see lots of high-end shops along the way. When you hit Heddon Street, turn down for a few great restaurants hidden away… thanks for a great shot Gene ❤️
20. A red bus
You can’t go to London and not Instagram a red bus. It’s just too iconic.
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Your photos are divine, I do love London and I’m always there, but… My photos never look as good as yours!