Have you even been there if you didn’t put it on Instagram? These days almost everything we see and do, and especially somewhere as colourful and diverse as London, we share with friends and followers on social media. Whether it’s brunch, a stunning parkland or a drink with an amazing view, this city is full of picturesque places to capture and post. Here are our Top Five most Instagrammable Spots to make your summer (and your Insta feed) sizzle. Enjoy!
17 Shorts Garden, WC2H 9ER
Nearest stations: Covent Garden
If Instagram made shopping areas, it would have made Neal’s Yard courtyard. Situated in the heart of Covent Garden this, very small and colourful square, is the home to Neal’s Yard Remedies flagship store and therapy rooms, as well as Neal’s Yard Dairy and the Wild Food Café, for vegan delights. Enjoy sampling delicious cheese, organic beauty products or sipping a coffee while you adjust your filters and select appropriately colourful emojis.
God’s Own Junkyard
Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ
Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central
Neon signs have captured the imagination (and the camera flash) of many bars, shops, hipster hangouts and bedrooms in recent years. Their bold aesthetic is perfect for Instagram so if you’re keen to capture London in all its neon glory, head to Walthamstow where, ‘neon never dies.’ Chris Bracey, the man behind God’s Own, is something of a celebrity himself having made signage for Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Jack Nicholson in Batman. Chris repairs and resurrects reclaimed objects with neon lights and the affect is quirky and powerful. You may have also seen his work in pages of iconic magazines, including Vogue.
Street Art in Shoreditch
1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street Overground Station
There’s street art all over London but nowhere has quite the concentration or range than that around Shoreditch High Street. Hotspots include the wall outside Village Underground Nightclub, the front of Electric Cinema and a genuine Banksy on the wall of Cargo. If you’re serious about understanding all that London offers the street art world, we highly recommend doing a walking tour, find out more here. Or if you prefer going solo, check out this map. Bear in mind that this art form is transient and ever-changing, meaning you might see it on Instagram one week, but when you arrive at the scene there might be something completely different, but equally instagrammable, on show.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Nearest tube: Old Street / Bethnal Green
Columbia Road in East London is one of the few streets in the country which can boast that all sixty of its shops, cafes, galleries, restaurants and bars are independently run. There are many much-loved and eclectic pubs, delis, galleries and vintage shops to choose from but the area really comes alive when the market arrives. Every Sunday the street is transformed into a bustling flower market, bursting with brightly coloured blooms and filled with the chants of flowers sellers, ‘Two bunches a pand’! The market is open from 8am until 3pm(ish) and it gets very busy. We recommend getting there early to avoid the worst of the crowds, or late which is also a good time to pick up a bargain! To find out more about Columbia Road shops and the market, have a look here.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Nearest tube: Barbican
The Barbican conservatory is a tropical oasis in the heart of an urban, brutalist jungle. It’s home to hundreds of species of plants and 2000 varieties of fish. A popular venue for events and weddings – and you can see why, as you walk around the space, you’ll quickly appreciate a beauty and exoticism your followers will love. Whilst you’re there you can take a tour with one of the gardeners and hear all about the plants and structure of the building. Afterwards, tuck in to an afternoon tea surrounded by all the foliage. The conservatory is open on selected Sundays each month, including Bank Holidays, please check the website for more details.
Where will your thirst for the most epic Insta feed take you? Let us know how you get on in the comments below!