A Load Of Cobblers: London’s Most Instagrammable Cobbled Streets

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
25th July 2019

Say ‘ta but no ta’ to tarmac, it’s all about cobbles. Cobbles, they’re a constant trip hazard, they’re noisy to drive over and they hurt your bum if you cycle. And yet, they look great! There’s nothing more olde-worlde than a good cobbled streets. Whether it’s the opening credits of Coronation Street or the majestic cloisters around the Radcliffe Camera, we’re suckers for cobbles. What’s more, they light up your Insta-feed! So here are a few London #cobbles, anything else is a pain in the asphalt…

Wapping High Street

A Wapping great number of cobbles combine to create Wapping High Street. A stroll down the more-or-less picturesque street, a good portion of which remains traditionally cobbled. This shot, taken of Pheonix Wharf, where Wapping High Street meets Brewhouse Lane.

Keynance Mews

London boasts some of the most beautiful mews, the little back streets that run parallel to the grand mansions of central London (think Belgravian townhouses). But in their way, the former stables, garages and workshops, tend to be far more beautiful and idiosyncratic than their more handsome neighbours. Check out Keynance Mews, in South Kensington, has two ornate arches at either entrance, leading from South Ken grandeur to something rather more humble.

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Shad Thames

Firstly what even is a ‘shad’? Apparently there are two competing theories, firstly that it’s a kind of fish found in the Thames, or secondly that it’s a corruption of St John-at-Thames. Either way, what it is is cobbled Insta gold, with its nineteenth century warehouses and walkways, now all converted into incredibly fashionable and expensive flats. But walking down the historic street isn’t! Maybe visit restaurant Le Pont de la Tour, just off Shad Thames, on your way to pap Tower Bridge?

Middle Temple

One of the two main homes of London’s top barristers (not the people who work in Costa), Middle Temple is also where part of Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code was set here (it’s got an ancient church, founded by the Knights Templar) and cobbles-a-plenty. The whole place is cobbly cobbly.

Covent Garden

Unleash your inner Eliza Doolittle and make your way to Covent Garden. Basically a misspell of ‘Convent Garden’, the cobbled square was the home to London’s biggest flower market until the 1970s when it decided to get up and leaf, heading to New Covent Garden in Vauxhall. But thankfully (and obviously) they left all the cobbles…

Royal Naval College, Greenwich

It’s tricky to know where cobbles end and flagstones start, but whatever they are the Royal Naval College is great for photographing the stunning neo-classical architecture and, of course, cobbles. All the sailors left in the 1980s, so the public are welcome to wander around. While you’re there, enjoy Greenwich’s village-within-a-city vibe, find a place to eat out or check out the Cutty Sark.

The Royal Academy

The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy is one of London’s must-sees. But let’s not see the wood for the trees here and instead look at the cobble stones! Of which there are loads. Instant Insta likes.

The Treasury

Ignore Liz Truss’s pre (ill-fated) Tory leadership bid photocall, but the cabinet minister is standing in a highly Instagrammable spot, by one of the arches leading into the main courtyard of HM Treasury. Sadly you probably can’t get further than the gate, but it’s a classy cobbled carpark if ever there was one.

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