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An Instagram Guide to London

July 24, 2023
2023-07-24
London is a stunning city. From its historic charms to its modern hubs, every corner is a feast for the eyes. Or in this day and age, an Instagram post waiting to happen! Big and historic cities often make for Instagrammable destinations and London is no different. There are iconic spots like the Big Ben clock tower and Buckingham Palace. Or cool underrated places like the Sky Garden or God’s Own Junkyard. If you're one to document and share your trips, you wouldn't want to miss these awesome sights in London. They'll up your social media cred tenfold!

An Instagram Guide to London


Buckingham Palace

Nothing says “I'm in London!” quite like an Instagram post of Buckingham Palace. Home to the most famous royal family in the world, the palace is an absolute must-see! And a must-post too! Though there's no guarantee that you'd get to take a selfie with a prince of a duchess, the place itself is still a man-made marvel. It's an architectural masterpiece that symbolized the British Empire and all its glory. Even the ceremonious change of the guard is worth posting about online too.
An Instagram Guide to London
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Big Ben

Even though Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly iconic, it's not exactly the symbol of the city. That's Big Ben! The Gothic Revival-style clocktower, which was built back in 1859, joins the ranks of the most well-known landmarks on the planet. It's right up there with the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome, and the like. Though don't be surprised if Londoners refer to it by a different name. In 2012, the famous clocktower was renamed the 'Elizabeth Tower' in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee that year.
An Instagram Guide to London
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London Eye

While it's a fairly recent London attraction—it first opened back in 2000—the London Eye quickly became one of the must-see sites in the British capital. At the time, it was regarded as the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world. Even today, it remains Europe's tallest observation wheel. Not to mention another great Instagrammable spot in London too. Whether you want to capture the wheel itself from a distance or share your breathtaking view when you ride it to the top, you can make all sorts of Instagram posts from here.
An Instagram Guide to London
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Millenium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge is an architectural marvel. Spanning a total of 325 meters (1,066 feet) and suspended above the River Thames, it's well on its way to becoming the most famous bridge in the British capital. Mind you, the city is also home to the centuries-old London Bridge, the magnificent Tower Bridge, and more. And while all of them are Instagram-worthy in their own right, the Millenium Bridge stands out with its awe-inspiring view of St. Paul's Cathedral. You get to have the perfect vantage point to bask in the glory of this incredible church.
An Instagram Guide to London
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Notting Hill

Whether you've watched the beloved 1999 romantic-comedy or not, there's no doubt you'll find Notting Hill utterly charming. It's among the most popular neighborhoods in London, even before the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant-led flick. While that film (named after the area, no less!) undeniably put Notting Hill to a wider, global consciousness, the neighborhood itself has always been as picture-perfect as ever. And in this day and age, as Instagrammable as ever too. From its pastel-hued streets to the famous flowery Churchill Arms pub, there's a lot to capture in Notting Hill for your Instagram page!
An Instagram Guide to London
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Primrose Hill

Speaking of pastel-hued houses, arguably the most famous ones are those that line Primrose Hill in North London. A row of elegant Edwardian luxury London homes in the brightest pops of bubblegum pink, lemon, and highlighter blue creates an eye-popping scenery that's admittedly refreshing amidst the neutral concrete of the bustling metropolis. They definitely make for great Instagram posts too, the kind you'd want to show off to your friends who are jealous that you're in London and they're not!
An Instagram Guide to London
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Abbey Road

Any Beatles fan knows that Abbey Road is a definite must-see! Located in the City of Westminster in Greater London, it's the exact same spot featured on the cover of the legendary British band's beloved 1969 album of the same name. Even more so since that was one of their final albums before they disbanded back in 1970. Just a simple snapshot of the famous zebra crossing is worth posting alone. But no one would blame you if you take a pic of yourself walking the crossing as the Beatles did on their album cover. Cheesy? Perhaps, but definitely worth it too!
An Instagram Guide to London
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Red Telephone Booth

Perhaps the best selfie spot in all of London is the crimson-colored telephone booth. You'll find them in various parts of the city, from the ever-bustling Covent Garden to Parliament Square near the Elizabeth Tower (a.k.a. Big Ben). Like the aforementioned tower, these bright red booths have become so famous in the British capital, they're practically symbolic of the city. They're in the same vein as the charming cafes in Paris or the yellow cabs in New York. You simply can't imagine London without them!
An Instagram Guide to London
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Sky Garden

Most of the Instagrammable spots on this list have been around for decades and centuries and are known the world over. That's all well and good but what about newer and lesser-known but equally stunning sights too? Case in point—the Sky Garden. Perched atop “The Shard,” London's tallest building, the place combines a tinge of botanical bliss with an almost other-worldly aerial view of the British capital. If that's not Instagram-worthy, then what is?
An Instagram Guide to London
Source: Sky Garden London


God's Own Junkyard

A treasure trove of bright neon signs awaits those who want to check out God's Own Junkyard on Shernhall Street. Though it's technically a restaurant and bar, it's actually more of an art store than anything else. The late Chris Bracey, known for his neon artworks, founded the hotspot and made it his own oasis of eye-popping graphic design. In no time, British fashion magazines started shooting their editorials here and the rest is history!
An Instagram Guide to London
Source: God’s Own Junkyard

Discover the best Instagram-worthy spots in London. There's a lot in this famously beautiful city and they're so different too. They range from historic hotspots to colorful districts, all offering a different side to the British capital.



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