Excited to share the most Instagrammable restaurants in London! I swear London was made for Instagram. Every time I’m in the city, I’m filled with so much inspiration to create beautiful photos.
Around every street corner is a building that looks like it’s straight out of a movie, and restaurants with dishes that look like they’ve been made for social media.
From quaint cafes and vintage-style pubs to spectacular rooftop bars, there’s no shortage of breathtaking backdrops to capture the perfect photo for your next post on the ‘gram.
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But when I’m spending money on food, I want it to taste just as good as it looks. That’s why I’m bringing you this list of the top 18 most Instagrammable restaurants in London.
And trust me, the food is just as drool-worthy as the decor and presentation.
The 18 Most Instagrammable Restaurants in London
An absolute treat to the eyes, Isabel Mayfair is adorned with gold-fabric-lined walls, an ebony bar that glistens like a mirror, and polished brass lamps hanging above.
Step down the wooden hallway and you’ll find yourself immersed in a luxuriously golden dining room, with Art Deco and Chinoiserie décor that adds an air of sophistication. 300 specially designed overhead lamps provide an enchanting aura.
Girl, you’ll be glowing in every single photo.
Make sure to check out the bathrooms—it’s so good, a bathroom selfie will absolutely need to be taken. Each stall has hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay. It’s marvelous.
Sketch is iconic and absolute perfection when it comes to making your Instagram feed pop. It’s one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in London and the world!
Sketch’s award-winning designers have been inspiring us with their creativity once again by introducing new yellow seating and copper walls, replacing the traditional bubblegum pink decor…which I’m kinda sad about because I loved that pink room.
Additionally, 13 exceptional pieces of African artwork designed by renowned British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE are on display in the restaurant-making this an ideal place to appreciate art while dining.
And don’t forget about the bathrooms! The egg-shaped toilet pods are still here and still reigning as the most photographed toilets in the world.
Gloria transports diners back to 1970s Capri with its luxurious pinstripe upholstery, exquisite marble table tops, and dazzling gilded light fixtures.
You’ll have your followers trying to decide if you’re in the South of Italy or the heart of London.
Not only will the ambiance bring you some inspiration, but so will their food. Take, for example, their signature carbonara-sharing dish that is served in a wheel of parmesan. The chefs here are always coming up with new and inventive dishes.
Step into the world of Alice and Wonderland at Annabel’s.
In 2019, the renowned members club was re-invented with a spectacular new design scheme inspired by surrealism and eccentricity—Brudnizki even likened it to “falling down the rabbit hole”.
You’ll be transported into a world of fantasy and enchantment in their private dining rooms. Your senses will be overtaken by an abundance of patterns, animal sculptures, and trees scattered around the club.
Honestly, a dream!
But I have even more good news, your photo opps don’t stop in the main dining rooms. Carry on into the bathroom with its pink marble sinks, flowered ceilings, and gold swan faucets.
Seriously, what is this place?!!
Catwalk your way into Restaurant Ours, an eatery that looks like a scene straight out of a fashion show.
They have perfected the art of a flower wall, with petals of the season’s best blooms cascading down the walls of the catwalk.
Once inside, your phone will go crazy with the “outside inside” aesthetic with trees adorned in twinkling fairy lights and a greenery wall.
The Ivy series of London restaurants are the best spots to capture a striking shot for the ‘gram. The flagship in Covent Garden is a classic, with its unique plaster ceiling and art deco-style marble pillars.
If you’re looking for something a little different, head on over to Ivy Asia at St. Paul. The eye-catching, semi-precious stone floor, glowing green in the light, creates a magical ambiance in your Instagram photos.
For a more botanical experience, go to The Ivy Asia, Chelsea where you’re surrounded by beautiful flowers in the garden and a stunning glasshouse. These two places are some of my favorite Instagrammable restaurants in London.
An afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace is one of my favorite things to do in the city.
The restaurant is located at the Bloomsbury Hotel and during the summer months, it has a whimsical garden terrace with all sorts of plants and flowers.
You’ll find yourself surrounded by pastel pinks, yellows, and blues—all making for a spectacular backdrop to your photos.
Stop in for breakfast or lunch, but don’t miss out on the signature afternoon tea—a real winner with delicious finger sandwiches and scones!
8. Coppa Club
The River Thames is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos and Coppa Club, with its breathtaking views of Tower Bridge, is *chef’s kiss*.
You can dine in one of their outdoor igloos or take a seat out on the terrace.
Sip on one of their signature cocktails and share some of their delicious small plates all with the best views this side of the bridge.
During the winter it can be insane trying to get a reservation here, so make sure to check their website to book a table.
Dine in one of London’s most romantic restaurants. Clos Maggiore boasts a warm, airy atmosphere with its ivy-draped walls and flower-filled ceilings.
Located in the beautiful Covent Gardens, their menu offers a mix of French and Italian dishes making them the perfect spot for date night photos.
Not to mention, you can always find some amazing backdrops with their cozy booths surrounded by fairy lights. The restaurant truly is the embodiment of an enchanted forest so don’t be shy, take your camera out and let your photos transport you to another world.
I particularly love the dishes here, they are so beautifully presented that it almost makes me sad to eat them! I get over it pretty quickly though.
Is it a restaurant or a greenhouse? You can’t tell when you enter Bourne & Hollingsworth.
Dining in their Garden Room is seriously a photographer’s paradise. It has expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide remarkable views of central London and brings in all that gorgeous natural light.
I’m telling you, your IG is about to go crazy!
Watch out London, New York is moving in!
The NoMad restaurant, brought in by a New York group, is the new kid on the block and it’s quickly becoming a favorite for those looking for unique and stunning Instagram photos.
The interior design brings together modern industrial vibes with 1920s glamour and Parisian elegance to create an atmosphere unlike any other.
With its impressive three-story glass-roofed atrium, the hotel’s restaurant is the next hotspot for Instagrammers.
Natural light. Elegance. Tasty cocktails.
Say less. I’m there!
As one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in London, Decimo has everything you could ever want.
The restaurant is located on the mezzanine level of the newly refurbished Standard Hotel in King’s Cross and has a modern Spanish vibe that will draw you right in.
Combine its design with the Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and you know you’re in for a treat.
The menu changes seasonally so there’s always something new to try and photograph!
The warm red and orange hues of the restaurant bring something special to your photos—taking you from overcast London straight into sunny Spain.
When you walk into EL&N it’s like walking into a pink paradise.
The walls are adorned with rose pendant lamps and velvet-pink sofas making it the perfect spot for your Instagram shots.
Lots of neon lights with inspiring phrases to remind you of the girl boss you are!
They’ve done a great job branding so that your whole following will know exactly where you are once you post and wish they were with you. It’s easily one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in London!
14. Circolo Popolare
When I say this is a must in London, I mean this is a MUST in London.
I’ve never seen a restaurant get so many things right straight from the jump.
When tasked with creating a restaurant that could be seen all over social media, the Big Mamma Group had an unparalleled understanding of what was needed.
When this Fitzrovia restaurant opened in 2019, it instantly gained immense popularity. People were waiting for more than two hours just to snag a table on weekdays!
Inside, the double-height walls are lined with an incredible selection of spirits stacked up to six bottles deep. When you first enter, you can’t help but be taken aback by its vivacious atmosphere and charm.
But soon you’ll start noticing the little details that make this place a must for your Instagram photos.
Seriously, I’m in love!
15. 14 Hills
If you’re looking for a truly immersive rainforest dining experience, 14 Hills in London is an absolute must-visit.
The greenery that envelopes the restaurant from floor to ceiling, and the mesmerizing views of London’s illuminated skyline at night turn this place into a paradise.
14 Hills is the kind of restaurant that you want to visit multiple times and take different kinds of photos each time.
16. Saint Aymes
Saint Aymes takes window displays to a whole new level.
The café is located in Notting Hill and it stands out for its Instagrammable walls, wisteria-covered terrace, and dreamy interior decor.
The pastel pink tones and floral patterns are combined with vintage furniture to make this place special.
Although the food presentation is also very appealing, Saint Aymes is all about the atmosphere and it will inspire you to take some of your best Instagram photos ever.
Don’t forget to save some space for a sweet treat! Their macarons and cakes are as delightful to look at as they are to eat.
17. The Shard
The Shard is the tallest building in London, and the views from the top are unbeatable.
If you want to take truly breathtaking pictures for your Instagram feed, look no further than The Shard.
From its 72nd floor, you’ll be able to get panoramic shots of London’s skyline, with its many iconic landmarks in the backdrop.
It’s hard to snag a reservation here but their cocktail bar is always available to the public and gives you the same amazing views.
Without a doubt, the most breathtaking view is in the bathroom. I know I’ve talked a lot about bathrooms but this is the last time. Don’t take my word for it—you have to see it yourself!
18. Sexy Fish
One word to describe this place: Sexy.
Sexy Fish, located in Mayfair, is a vibrant London restaurant inspired by the art deco movement.
Its lavish bar area and goldfish-filled tanks make it the perfect place for those looking to capture unforgettable photos for their Instagram feed.
The food presentation alone is worth coming here—with brightly colored dishes, elaborate garnishes, and intricate designs.
And if that weren’t enough, the interior features exotic pieces of art handpicked by renowned designer Martin Brudnizki—the perfect touch to make your Instagram photos stand out.
That’s it for my roundup of the most Instagrammable restaurants in London! This city has so many magical ones to choose from, you’ll never be at a loss for options. If you’re looking for restaurant options in east London, this post has a list of the best places to grab brunch in Hackney. Enjoy!
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Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.