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Get your phone at the ready and prepare to get snap happy inside one of these Instagrammable cafés.

From the pretty petaled exteriors of Peggy Porschen to the love heart covered walls of EL&N, we’ve rounded up the twenty most Instagrammable cafés in London.

EL&N

Arguably the most Instagrammable place in town, EL&N has been flooding our socials for longer than we can remember. It might have something to do with its insatiable flower and love heart covered walls. Élan started out on Park Lane and quickly became the influencers’ hangout of choice thanks to housing more pink than you’ll find in Elton John’s walk-in wardrobe. Seriously. The walls: pink, the floors: pink, the ceiling, yep, slime green. Only kidding. They’re pink too. And they quickly took over spots in Selfridges, Oxford Street, The Knightsbridge Estate and more.

Various Locations
www.elnlondon.co.uk

Aubaine

Hay fever sufferers will want to head to Aubaine in Selfridges for a very convincing canopy of lilac wisteria, covetable tiles and a tempting French-inspired menu. Don some sexy shoes too because their floor tiles are just as Instagrammable as the floral features. With six locations across London you’d be a fool to miss out on this ‘grammable spot.

Various Locations
www.aubaine.co.uk

Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen has been a stalwart feature on Instagram since day dot thanks to its pink-hued interiors, beautiful cakes and floral fuelled entrance.

For the flower lovers, this is perhaps one of the most floral venues in London with ever-changing bouquets hanging outside in pastel colours.

Right now they’ve even got a glorious afternoon tea takeover at The Lanesborough, another ‘grammable spot if you fancy getting your afternoon tea fix soon.

Chelsea / Belgravia
www.peggyporschen.com

Saint Aymes

Inspired by the beauty of their Nanas’ floral garden, Michela and Lois Wilson have mastered the art of sexy window displays and are available for interior hire as a result. From flowers bursting with colour to slithers of lavender and more, the noteworthy Saint Aymes is a real beauty.

If it’s your birthday coming up, book in for their pink-hued afternoon tea sensational. Think 24ct gold cotton candy, raspberry macaroons, tiramisu and an assortment of savoury finger sandwiches. Yum.

59 Connaught Street, W2 2BB
www.saintaymes.com

Grind

Our favourite collection of Melbourne-inspired coffee houses, Grind, now have multiple venues to their name. Each offering something slightly different (but always with perfectly-made coffee in trademark red cups), they put the ‘cool’ in caffeine. You can usually spot them a mile off though thanks to their trademark neon lights.

The slightly bigger venues with kitchens serve an all-day menu so you can take your laptop, load up the wifi and while away the day. Visit later in the evening and get your espresso in martini form.

Various locations
www.grind.co.uk

Palm Vaults

Boasting a very healthy 41k followers on Instagram alone, it’s clear that Hackney joint, Palm Vaults, is a hit with influencers, interiors obsessed and coffee lovers alike. Described as a pink jungle meets 70s Miami, the plant-based Hackney cafe is brainchild of Hannah Rose who got the blend between foliage and coffee just right. From the takeaway cups to the suspended house plants, nothing has been overlooked.

411 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HY
www.palmvaults.com

Daisy Green Collection

The likes of the Daisy Green Collection need little introduction. You’ve probably seen one of their beautifully curated joints flashing up on your social feeds numerous times.

The collection is famed for their eccentric and rebellious art work booming out against chipped grey walls, issuing a run-down art gallery in a desolate warehouse vibe. Our favourite, Scarlett Green, doesn’t shy away from this either, with neon head-turners lining the walls and a wanderlust worthy photograph of Bondi beach, in keeping with the Aus theme. The bar is awash with jumbles of spirits, wines and atmosphere, with pastel washed stools lining the marble bar. Plush sofas, quite 80s reminiscent outline the restaurant below hangings of Roy Lichtenstein-style art.

Various Locations
www.daisygreenfood.com

Milk Beach

Milk Beach is the cute café and natural wine bar in Queen’s Park which is in fact named after the renowned Sydney beach. They’re all for organic and are a dab hand at providing natural wines and carefully roasted coffees and joining these USPs is the minimalist interiors found inside the airy venue. It’s the next best thing to Sydney right now at least…

19 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park NW6 6RA
www.milkbeach.com

Minnow

Head on over to Minnow for the freshest ingredients, creamy lattes and delectable cocktails. Situated in Clapham Common, Minnow’s exteriors are beautifully decorated with florals, changing designs with the seasons. Head on over this weekend to try it out for yourself.

21 The Pavement, Clapham Common SW4 0HY
www.minnowclapham.co.uk

Biscuiteers

Not only does Biscuiteers sell a wide range of mouth-watering biscuits (just look how adorable these Mr Men one’s are), cupcakes, and macaroons- but the outside of the boutique will have you rushing in front to pose for a pic. The black and white exterior notably stands out against the red brick row, making it one of the most recognisable cafes in London. If this wasn’t convincing enough, the cafe also offers icing masterclasses- where you will leave with lots of tips and treats.

Notting Hill / Battersea
www.biscuiteers.com

AIDA Cafe

Get your caffeine and vintage kicks when you visit AIDA Cafe in Shoreditch.

Housed inside a stylish vintage store, AIDA Cafe is also home to great coffee and colourful latte art. Think rose syrups, dried petals and dazzling bright colours when you grab a coffee here.

133 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch E1 6JE
www.aidashoreditch.co.uk

Farm Girl

Photogenic as well as delicious, Farm Girl is a bright and casual spot for both Instagram and health fanatics alike. The cafe offers a wide range of holistic dishes that use quality, organic ingredients. Another plus- the spot is doggy-friendly! So, bring your four-legged pal and enjoy the cool ambience after a busy day in the city.

Various Locations
www.thefarmgirl.com

The Knot Churros

Enjoy your coffee with a sugarcoated kiss when you sit in at The Knot Churros, the dessert cafe that’s on everyone’s lips. Settle in for Instagrammable interiors, wow-worthy wonder milkshakes and, of course, their signature churros with your choice of dipping sauce. We love their strawberry flavoured dipping sauce, it’s sugary, sweet and seriously delicious.

13 Bute Street, Kensington SW7 3EY
www.theknotchurros.co.uk

Treves and Hyde

Attached to a larger restaurant complex in Whitechapel, the café of Treves and Hyde is on the ground floor of its building, which is accessed through a pastel spiral staircase. Floor to ceiling windows allow light to cascade into the space, and the mix of pastel and dark, muted toned decor amplify the optimal lighting. The café is also home to one of only two Mavam Coffee Machines in England, which is manned by an expert staff who provide world-class coffee.

15/17 Leman Street, Whitechapel E1 8EN
www.trevesandhyde.com

Mama Fuego

Mama Fuego is Greenwich’s answer to an Australian restaurant and milk bar. Spread over six areas, it’s the milk bar we want to draw your attention to (although this whole venue is totally Insta-worthy). Alongside their extensive specialty coffee menu, the Milk Bar serves up some of the prettiest floral cakes and summer soft serve. Book in and try it out for yourself.

Ground Floor, 10 Cutter Lane, Greenwich SE10 0XX
www.mamafuego.co.uk

Jolt Coffee

Jolt Coffee has become city renowned for its specialty ice blends and black-gloved staff, which now fits well with COVID-19 regulations. The Fitzrovia hideout opened up last year and brought with it style, charisma and great coffee. Every single style of coffee has been carefully thought out and crafted, using single-origin beans to create well-balanced and theatrical blends. Known best of their lattes, we’d recommend trying their ‘Spanish’ or pistachio for a little extra nuttiness.

40-41 GREAT CASTLE STREET, FITZROVIA, W1W 8LU
WWW.JOLTCOFFEE.CO.UK

Attendant

It’s not everyday you walk into a cafe and you’re greeted with urinals, but then again, it’s not everyday you grab a coffee or brunch at Attendant’s Fitzrovia branch.

The former Victorian loos have been transformed into one of the most talked about specialty coffee and brunch cafes, and if their striking green and original Victorian floor tiles, as well as urinals are anything to go by, we can see why. Once you’ve been snap happy with the interiors, order in your brunch and feast on one of the best bacon baps in London.

27A Foley Street, Fitzrovia W1W 6DY
www.the-attendant.com

Drink, Shop, Do

The café that does what it says on the tin.

You can quite literally drink, shop and do when you visit this Kings Cross crafty spot. From art exhibitions to boozy brunches, dance classes to intimate craft workshops, there’s something for everyone to get involved with here. The interiors too are chic and stylish, with bright colours, hanging accessories and vibrant seating.

9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross N1 9DX
www.drinkshopdo.co.uk

Paper & Cup

Paper & Cup is a not-for-profit social enterprise created by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust and is also a fine spot to while away your hours sipping on coffee and scrolling through Instagram. The white-on-blue storefront makes for the perfect trendy, yet simple pic. It’s stocked with ethical snacks, cakes, and even second-hand books from local artists too, which is a lovely touch.

18 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch E2 7JP
www.paperandcup.co.uk

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Perhaps more ‘Instagrammable’ in an ‘I love cats’ kind of way, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium on Bethnal Green Road is the purr-fect place to get your kitty and coffee fix. Spread over two-storeys, the place is adorn with sofas, bookcases, rickety cats playgrounds and, you guessed it, cats.

152-154 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6DG
www.ladydinahs.com