London is pretty damn photogenic so whether you’re looking for a backdrop to your latest outfit pic or a clear view of its impressive skyline, this list gives you a helpful roundup of some of the capital’s best spots.
Get snapping Londoners! From views, rooftops and just generally pretty places, prepare for some serious photography action.
1. One New Change Rooftop Terrace, St. Paul’s
This stunning rooftop is free and open to everyone (just not the Madison bar bit) so you can get snapping away. Be sure to try and nab that perfect sunset vista pic with St. Paul’s cathedral as the star of the show, obviously.
1 New Change, 1 minute walk from St. Paul’s station, EC4M 9AF.
2. Stairwell to Frank’s Cafe, Peckham
Don your pinkest outfit for this one and prepare for some serious millenial insta-action on the way up to this rooftop bar. We recommend going with a group to get that ultimate #squad picture or you could, you know, just snap the surroundings themselves (boring).
10th Floor, Peckham Multi Story Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, near Peckham Rye station, SE15 4ST.
3. Sketch, Mayfair
Save up for an afternoon tea, wear a cute outfit and hey presto, you’ve got enough pictures of cute pink interiors, crockery and those funky egg toilets to last you a lifetime. We know, you’ve seen it a thousand times but just look at it.
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, near Bond Street station, W1S 2XG.
4. Drama, Park Lane
Okay, so you may be too intoxicated to think about your perfect selfie angle in this nightclub but seriously, you could have a photoshoot in here. With boudoir beds, baths full of silver balls, glitter and quirky corners, you’re bound to find a prop or suitable backdrop to your #nightout shot.
35 Hertford St, Mayfair, near Hyde Park Corner station, W1J 7SD.
This place puts the fab in fabulous. So much so, that we’ve written about how Instagrammable it all is. Get down there for happy hour drinks and oh so cute surroundings.
111 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, near Waterloo Station, SE1 8UL.
6. House of Hackney, Hackney
Another one that we’re guilty of already writing about but when your flagship store is this impressive, we’re not going to pass up the chance of covering this Hackney store. Pretend you can afford to decorate your home in luxury wallpaper but really, just go there for some serious interior inspo.
131 Shoreditch High Street, near Shoreditch High Street station, E1 6JE.
7. The Shard, London Bridge
If you wanna snap a picture of London’s impressive skyline, The Shard is one of the best places to do so. Not only does it offer panoramic views from its viewing platform, restaurants, bars and hotel but it also looks so damn fancy too. Brunch with a view anyone?
32 London Bridge St, near London Bridge station, SE1 9SG.
8. Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street
This free sky high garden is the place to be on any sunny London day and with lots of green plants, brasseries and bars, we can kinda see why. Wear your latest floral shirt and pose next to a palm or just snap a shot of the beautiful modern surroundings.
1 Sky Garden Walk, near Monument station, EC3M 8AF.
9. Palm Vaults, Hackney
If you’re looking for London’s most Instagrammable coffee shop, we think we’ve found it. Everything is in a lovely pastel hue or surrounded by luscious green plants. We recommend trying out one of their colourful lattes and pairing it with one of their smoothie bowls for that like-worthy snap.
411 Mare St, near Hackney Wick station, E8 1HY.
10. The Great Conservatory, Syon House
This beautiful conservatory is any plant lover’s dream but is equally, just a really nice place to wander round. If you happen to be planning a wedding, we’d say this is a pretty wonderful option.
Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF.
11. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir London, Neasden
It’s hard to believe this beautiful temple is in London but, well, it is. This authentic Hindu temple in Neasden has been built using traditional methods and is thought to be the capital’s first authentic Hindu temple. A building this stunning deserves that good lighting and angles, we think.
105-119 Brentfield Rd, Neasden, near Neasden station, NW10 8LD.
12. The Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park
This Peace Pagoda is the perfect place to retreat, find your inner zen and get some great views of The Thames. Snap a shot of the Chelsea embankment or pose purposefully on the pagoda, either way you’re going to get some pretty spectacular shots.
Battersea Park, near Battersea Park station, SW11 4NJ.
13. Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe, Southbank
We all love a rooftop in summer but who knew that there was such a nice one overlooking London’s wonderful skyline? Situated on top of Queen Elizabeth Hall, this roof garden is a small oasis with beautiful riverside views and is free and open to everyone.
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, near Waterloo station, SE1 8XX.
14. Leadenhall Market, City of London
Prepare to take a step back in time as you wander around one of the oldest markets in London. Dating back to the 14th century, this market not only feels like a small palace but also offers a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars.
Leadenhall Street, Gracechurch Street and Lime Street, near Monument station, EC3V 1LT.
15. Prick, Dalston
We love the witty name, we love the fact that they sell all the cacti we could possibly need and we love the fact that this little shop is so photogenic. If you’re looking for that perfect nature shot to break up your Instagram feed a little, pop on down.
492 Kingsland Road, near Dalston Junction station, E8 4AE.
16. Queen’s House, Greenwich
This architectural masterpiece has just reopened after some major restoration works and we’ve got to say, it looks rather regal indeed. With fancy spiral staircases, artistic ceilings and free entry, you’d be a fool not to venture off to Greenwich to take in this sight.
Romney Rd, Greenwich, near Greenwich station, SE10 9NF.
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