We’re a sucker for the Instagrammable and also a cup of hot Joe and a hot cross bun (or five) which is why we’ve perused some of the prettiest cafés across the city and we’re dropping them straight onto your Insta feeds. Here’s what we found…
Élan, pictured above, means style, flair and exuberance. It also means smashing it on your socials, because Élan Café (confusingly rebranded as EL&N) is arguably the most Instagrammable place in town, perhaps due to its insatiable flower and love heart walls. Élan started out on Park Lane and quickly became the influencers’ hangout of choice thanks to 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, as of February, Belgravia.
Where: 48 Park Lane, W1K 1PR
Café Duke has had its screen time in Batman and Downton Abbey so you can rest assured it’s doing something right when it comes to how it looks! There’s a real story behind the location too making it not just Instagrammable but brimming with history… but hopefully not ghosts! Café Duke was created from the original washrooms for officers of the United Services Club; it’s retained its original features and has an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced and seasonal fare. Remember that time Heath Ledger featured as “the Joker” in the famous pool scene from Batman The Dark Knight? Yep, that was here!
Where: 7 Duke Street St James's, St. James's, SW1Y 6BN
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 as we’ve heard great things about the tiles – blimey, looks like your outfit is going to have to be as on point as this lilac-filled room!
Where: 2nd floor, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
The Instagrammable flower venue QUEEN! Peggy Porschen has been a stalwart feature on Instagram since day dot due to its exterior always looking so darn beautiful, seeing many an influencer adorn its exterior to pose for a quick insta-snap. The enticing location has an outside as pink as the icing on the cakes, and a vibrancy like no other that goes hand in hand with chilled Champagne and a slice of something sugary. For the flower lovers, this is perhaps one of the most floral venues in London with ever-changing bouquets hanging outside in pastel colours.
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Where: 219 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EJ
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.
Where: 59 Connaught Street, W2 2BB
Our favourite collection of Melbourne-inspired coffee houses, Grind, now have six 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. It’s never too early for 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… They’re widely believed to be the best espresso martinis in London.
Where: Across London
Palm Vaults is barely a year old but has a seriously loyal social media following – the pastel coloured lattes and unbelievably photogenic palm print wallpaper has more than a little to do with it. Described as a pink jungle meets 70s Miami, the plant-based Hackney cafe is brainchild of Hannah Rose who obviously realised the link between being picture perfect and creating hype – from the takeaway cups to the suspended house plants, nothing has been overlooked. Oh, and make sure you take a trip to the loos whilst you’re there; if there was ever an ideal #bathroomselfie opportunity, this is it.
Where: 411 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY
The looks of the Daisy Green collection need no introduction, 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. 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. Over all, it’s a sexy Antipodean-inspired space.
Where: 4 Noel Street, Soho, W1F 8GB
Perhaps more fondly described as a kitchen as opposed to a cafe, but we thought seeing as latte’s (and CBD ones at that) were a big part of the menu that maybe, just maybe, we could squeeze Kalifornia Kitchen in! Instagrammable? Tick. CBD craze locked down? Tick. Food goals? Tick. Blimey, sounds like Kalifornia Kitchen has got it all, plus the name is darn sexy too. Emanating whizz, bangs and wops of millennial vibes inside, this groovy pink restaurant is a real go-to for a CBD latte, tacos of dreams and a setting fresh out of an influencer’s Insta feed, and we adore it! Opened by influencer Loui Blake, the new Bloomsbury venue delves into the mantra of ‘healthy is sexy,’ using the power of plants, sustainability and innovative dishes to make up their vibrant menu that consists of an abundance of vegan delights.
Where: 19 Percy Street, W1T 1DY
Milk Beach; just imagine that – it would be pretty hard to walk about but at least you’d never get sand stuck in-between your toes! 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. If only we were in Sydney!
Where: 19 Lonsdale Road, Queen's Park, NW6 6RA
Whip your phone out and get Clarendon on the go, or VSCO cam (disclaimer: we still don’t know how to pronounce that), or whatever tickles your insta-fancy because Biscuiteer’s is simply fantastic, especially the biscuits. Not only does Biscuiteers sell a wide range of mouth-watering biscuits, 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 recognizable 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.
Where: Various Locations
AIDA cafe not only has Instagrammable interiors but boy, oh boy, the most Instagrammable of coffees too! It’s the home of the renowned rose latte (rose syrup, organic beetroot juice, milk, dried rose petals) which you may have seen in various influencers hands, enticing jealousy as you sip on your milky Kenco coffee-gone-wrong. AIDA café is housed a vintage clothing store, so after you’ve perused the clothes collection you can sip on a coffee, smoothie or whatever else takes your fancy!
Where: 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
Does it get much better than a cat emporium?! Well, maybe for ‘dog people’ it does, but to us it’s purrrr-fect! Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is a two-storey spot for coffee and cake, lined with sofas and bookcases and, well, cats!
Where: 152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG
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.
Where: 59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
This not-for-profit cafe is notorious for going viral on Instagram. The white-on-blue storefront makes for the perfect trendy, yet simple pic. Stocked with ethical snacks, cakes, and even second-hand books from local artists, you simply cannot walk by it without making a visit or at the very least, snapping a photo.
Where: 18 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
This Chiltern Street café is the visual aid that your account has been needing. The classic monochrome sun banner hangs beneath the typewriter font sign, which leads to the hard-wood interior that is the definition of chic modern minimalism. The space is run by a magazine of the same name and looks to expand the morning coffee and newspaper with delicious mains, pastries, and caffeine creations. Pull up a stool to the side counter and set down your pastry aside your art latte, let the overhead lamps work their magic, and you are ready to send to press.
Where: 18 Chiltern St, Marylebone, W1U 7QA
The white cherry blossoms that hang from the ceiling and marble table and countertops serve as a white offset to the pastel themed Marylebone café, Feya. With jaw-dropping decor the standard is set high for the substantive section of this location, which delivers with delicious cakes, brunch, and lunch menu. You will be hard pressed to choose where to focus your camera inside this social media haven.
Where: 23 James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1DT
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.
Where: 15/17 Leman St, Whitechapel, London E1 8EN
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