From grand, imposing landmarks to character-filled streets, London is yours for the taking—or should we say, snapping. Whether it’s pop culture or old world charm, many of the top spots for photos are also the best places to explore. So, charge that phone, head for your favorite spot and have some fun.
Hot Spots For Your Feed
You’ve heard the music. You’ve seen the iconic 1969 album cover. Now, capture your own version of the famous Abbey Road crossing. It’s still a bustling street, so try to avoid traffic rushes between 7-10 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. on weekdays. For the quietest time of all, head there early Sunday morning. Just make sure you’re at the crossing by St. John’s Wood Underground Station, not Abbey Road DLR Station—a common mistake among tourists.
2 Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London NW8 0AH
As one of London’s most identifiable landmarks, Tower Bridge is a stunner from nearly every angle. Which begs the question: Where should you start snapping away? Well, that depends. For a landscape that screams old London, head to the river walk by Tower of London. For a more contemporary backdrop, make your way to Butler’s Wharf. If it’s a dramatic sunset shot you’re after, pay a visit to Potters Fields Park. And finally, don’t forget to capture the landmark’s grandeur up-close with shots taken on the bridge itself.
Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP
Street Art in Shoreditch
In Shoreditch, street art is everywhere and ever-changing. If this is your first time, Brick Lane is the place to start. One of the most notable streets in London—if not the world—you’ll find a mix of well-known and new artists with works ranging from whimsical and bright to political and thought-provoking. Also, be sure to train your lens on Rivington St. where world-famous artists like Banksy have left their marks. Have time to spare? You’ll find plenty worth capturing on Fashion St. and Princelet St., just to name a few.
Places To Savor And Snap
Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden
Take in the views of Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden with 360°-views of the city. Tickets to the garden are free but need to be booked in advance, as there are a limited number of spots available each day. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the gardens and surrounding area, head for a plated eye-catcher at Fenchurch Restaurant, where British contemporary cuisine is an artform. Each dish is beautifully presented, and you’ll find that the cocktails are just as photogenic.
1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF
Give your feed a bit of historic glamor with some photos at the ever-elegant The Ivy. First opened in 1917, this iconic eatery was renovated several years ago, giving it a renewed sense of polish. When you’re not taking photos with the stained-glass windows, plush seating and rich-wood trimmings, be sure to sample the classic comfort foods. If you’re looking for a quintessentially British dish, the shepherd’s pie is a must.
1-5 West St., London WC2H 9NQ
Picture Perfect Shopping
Neal’s Yard is easy to miss, but once you’re inside this tucked-away shopping area, you’ll be glad you didn’t. Visit Covent Garden and make your way down a narrow street, which opens up into a brightly colored, bustling courtyard. From the outside, the storefronts give you lots of fodder—with vibrant and whimsical signs every-which-way. Head inside and you’ll find just as many delights worth capturing, from pretty boutiques to creative sweets and charcuterie boards, it’s a local gem not to be missed.
Only minutes from Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus tube stations, is an ideal spot to fill your Instagram and a few shopping bags. Altogether, Carnaby includes 14 streets, which are lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques, quaint cafes, lively pubs and global retailers. With brightly-painted storefronts and floral planters at every turn, nearly every direction boasts something picture-worthy. Plan ahead for your visit and you may be treated to the frequent live music events and pop-up shops, as well.
It’s no wonder Notting Hill was the backdrop for a Hollywood movie. This iconic London neighborhood is a rainbow of painted townhouses and well-tended private gardens. Fans of the famous flick can pose for spots associated with key scenes, like the blue door at 280 Westbourne Park Road. As for the bookshop the movie was based on, it now has different owners. But, it’s still just as charming and can be found at 13-15 Blenheim Crescent.