London’s officially the most instagrammed city in the world, but let’s be honest – we probably don’t need any more pictures of Big Ben in our life. So here are 15 weird and wonderful London gems – from INSANE milkshakes to a neon sign treasure trove – to make your Instagram followers cry real tears of joy.
Blooming marvellous! Covered with flowers on the outside and Churchill memorabilia on the inside, this Instagram-ready real ale boozer will have you raising a glass to all things British. Cheers!
Address: 119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN
More info: churchillarmskensington.co.uk
God’s own junkyard
Ranging from vintage movie props to gaudy sex shop signs, this dazzling collection of neon goodness is the life’s work of acclaimed neon artist Chris Bracey, who breathes new life into old signs. Insta-feed kudos guaranteed. It’s also on our list of the best free things to do in London, which has a few more Instagram options.
Address: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ
More info: godsownjunkyard.co.uk
The trend that swept the States and gave us major foodie FOMO has finally crossed the pond and settled in Dalston. Yes, Molly Bakes is the London home of THOSE freak shakes. The only problem is having enough self-restraint to take of photo of these bad boys before diving in.
Address: 450 Kingsland Road, E8 4AE
More info: mollybakes.co.uk
Old Royal Naval College
The perfect end to a day exploring the picturesque Greenwich. A sanctuary in London with underground tunnels, majestic murals and an unrivalled observatory. Did we mention they have a microbrewery too?
Address: Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9NN
More info: ornc.org
If you love street food and cocktails out of a can (that doesn’t actually sound very nice, but trust us, they’re delish) pull up a swing at this rooftop bar next to Marble Arch station. Bonus points if one of the iconic red buses on Oxford Street below manages to photobomb your selfie.
Address: 535 Oxford Street, W1C 2QW
More info: notchldn.com
Okay, so this isn’t somewhere to come for your weekly shop, but if you love food, you can’t come to London and not visit this foodie institution. Surrender your senses to an array of international dishes and impress your followers with shots of perfectly sculpted scotch eggs and tasty tapas.
Address: 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
More info: boroughmarket.org.uk
Pergola On the Roof
This Mediterranean-inspired street food market’s floral canopies and insane burgers are an Instragrammer’s dream. Not only does it come with rooftop views across West London, you can also challenge your friends to a game of boules completely free of charge.
Address: Multi-Storey Car Park, Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ
More info: pergolaontheroof.co.uk
This newly opened creative concept combines barber’s, pizza parlour, florist and coffee shop all under one roof. The best bit? Oh, just a massive slide to get you from A to B. If your Insta-feed is in need of a bit more East London hipster magic, then Trade Union has you covered.
Address: Thomas More Square, E1W 1YN
More info: trade-union.co.uk
Forget Hyde Park, Primrose Hill is THE place for picnics. Artistically arrange your sandwiches and claim the perfect panoramic shot. For the early birds amongst us, head to Primrose Hill at dawn to watch the sun rise over the city. London doesn’t get prettier than this.
Address: Primrose Hill Road, NW3
More info: primrosehill.com
Green is the new black, and this super cute vegan restaurant will blow your mind with its oh-so-photogenic creations featuring edible flowers, guilt-free pancakes and alcohol-free cocktails. Spoil yourself, without spoiling yourself! Order a blissball for us please.
Address: Notting Hill / Shoreditch
More info: redemptionbar.co.uk
Wilton’s Music hall
Crowned by a canopy of fairy lights, this is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. With events ranging from pop-up vintage fairs to live music to ping-pong tournaments, Wilton’s is a heady mix of London’s decadent past and innovative present.
Address: 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
More info: wiltons.org.uk
If there’s a lovelier beer garden in all of London we haven’t found it yet. This quintessentially British pub is the best place for an al fresco pint or Sunday roast, and the floral deco provides the perfect photo backdrop.
Address: 10 Thornhill Road, N1 1HW
More info: the-albion.co.uk
Whether it’s sunrise yoga, bring-your-own-book club or the pre-, the party and the after-party, Netil360 does it all. Oh, and it also has some of the best panoramic views in London. Check yourself in and your feed will never have looked cooler, we promise.
Address: 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
More info: netil360.com
Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Oxford Circus, marvel at the works of Rubens, Rembrandt and Turner whilst exploring decadent, baroque inspired rooms. And the best part? It costs nothing at all.
Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN
More info: wallacecollection.org
Okay, so this isn’t exactly an insider tip, but if you want to avoid the expensive tourist traps *cough* *shard* *cough* and snap the perfect London skyline shot, then a trip here is a must. This tropical oasis atop one of London’s tallest buildings is completely free to visit, but just make sure you book in advance to avoid the long queues, especially around sunset.
Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
More info: skygarden.london
About The Author
Fleur Rollet-Manus is a writer for Great Little Places, the experts on London’s many hidden gems. Download the GLP app here
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