If your Insta feed is looking a bit drowsy after this hella long winter, fear not because we’ve found a few Instaworthy spots that’ll be sure to ring in a hefty amount of likes. From dishes plated up like a work of art, seriously sensational interiors or just a good ol’ brunch, here’s our pick at the most photogenic restaurants in London that will have you reaching for your phone and giving you one of the best Instafeeds of 2020. After all, if it isn’t caught on camera, did it really happen?
Élan: it means style, flair and exuberance. It also means smashing it on your socials, because EL&N (which confusingly rebranded from Élan Café) 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.
Mr Lyan is back at it again with his hospitality magic and this time it’s in the form of Sea Container’s Lyaness bar. With views overlooking the Thames and unbeatable cocktails, Lyaness encapsulates the very best of London under one umbrella. Any Insta snap here will without a doubt see the likes rolling in. Need to chill? Head for the serene agua Bathouse and Spa. Need to eat? Sea Container restaurant is a winner. An Instagrammers dream from every angle.
It’s not Spring without South Place Hotel dealing out all of the #InstaGoals and this year’s is in the form of their brand new Mystical Garden, in partnership with drinks brand, St-Germain. In collaboration with Sophie Tea, the mystical garden champions female empowerment and body positivity through inspiring art, life drawing, cocktails and a whole lotta florals.
We challenge you to walk into the vast dining room of Berners Tavern inside the London EDITION and not mutter “wow”. It’s hard to get an original shot here so embrace the art covered walls, ornate ceiling and huge central chandelier in your viewfinder. The food isn’t bad either; Chargrilled octopus, smoked cod’s roe, treviso and chicory salad, Grenobloise sauce; BBQ Dingley Dell pork chop, roasted hispi cabbage, chimichurri dressing; and Chocolate and raspberry ganache raspberry sorbet, chocolate streusel. No filter required.
Not only does Aubaine deliver exceptional French cuisine, they also deliver on Instagrammable interiors. Seriously, how cute are these wisteria shots?! Pull up a pew, grab yourself a cocktail and engulf these dreamy interiors.
Founded in 1963, Annabel’s is arguably one of the most elegant private clubs in London. Its guests have included royalty, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s notoriously difficult to get membership with new members requiring a proposer, a seconder and an election by Committee – you’re not just walking in. Since reopening the venue designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (alongside The Ivy, Sexy Fish, 34 Mayfair), has retained the period features of the listed building, with many aspects being restored, including a grand cantilevered stone staircase, elaborate plaster ceilings and majestic Rococo style fireplaces. Known to pop up in many, if not all of the most Instagrammable restaurant guides around, Annabel’s is a haven of colour and unique embellishments.
What’s more, Annabel’s in Mayfair have loos that you could imagine Marilyn Monroe washing her hands in back in the day, or Audrey Hepburn gasping at in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. They’re glam, they’re girly, and they’re by far the most Instagrammable in the city.
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.
Few things photograph better than #latteart. Well, we thought so too until we popped into Grind for a flat white and ended up photographing the chairs, the bar and the neon wall art… Seriously, who knew a coffee shop could look so good.
Following an extensive refurbishment, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught reopened in October, and boy, is it looking beautiful! If you’re after an evening to remember, book yourself in at the newly installed Chef’s Table. You’ll find glorious bespoke Matteo Gonet lamps dazzling on the customised pink, marble tabletop, surrounded by plush armchairs. The menu has also received a glistening update, with each meal starting with a seasonal consommé to cleanse your palette to begin the dining experience.
Me-wow! We’ve been lusting over Amazonico the day we found out it was making a beeline to London, and boy, just a glimpse at the interiors and you can see why. Inspired quite literally by the Amazon rainforest, expect a flurry of shrubbery and hanging palms, and even the occasional peacock running around…
20 Fenchurch Street was beautifully designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. The building spans 37 storeys and rhubarb occupies the top three levels alongside the public space known as Sky Garden, which provides 45,000 sq ft of high level amenity space. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens with 360 degree panoramic views of London and all of the flora and fauna they need!
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Ooo Mama! Circolo Popolare certainly does nothing in half measures. Quite literally, there’s 20,000 bottles of spirits adorning the walls. Fun vibes are a’plenty at this latest haunt. The interiors boast over-the-top, raunchy, in ya face vibes and we’d have it no other way. Colours boom from the outside in as does flora and fauna. In fact, there’s literally a huge rainforest growing out of the wall, so much so that Tarzan is jealous.
Describe Sketch in one word and it would obviously be ‘pink’. The marshmallow coloured seats and walls will have you reaching for your phone, but the woodland mural in The Glade Bar and egg-shaped loos are pretty cool too. Bet you never thought you’d actually pee in a pod.
It’s not everyday you see a sparkling Pegasus adorning the ceiling while you’re tucking into a meal, but then again it’s not everyday you’re dining at Oxford Street’s Brasserie of Light. Designed by the legendary Damien Hirst, you’ll find this crystal-encrusted Pegasus tucked inside Selfridge’s. Oh, and the food isn’t half bad either.
The Shard has earned itself the title of London’s best views. I mean, seriously name a better view of London, we’ll wait. With wonderful views, modern British cuisine, private dining rooms and a three-storey high atrium bar this venue is destined for spectacular events. It’s not on for the vertigo sufferers but if you do manage to clamber up for the views then you’ll also enjoy coveted cocktails and British produce and cooking techniques with a twist.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
A picture speaks a thousand words and, in Drunch’s case, a thousand flowers too. The location is an ideal place for a cocktail, a bit of the old al fresco and a snazzy snap of blooms.
With its hanging plants, hanging lights, monochrome floors and navy velvet chairs, it’s every millennials dream, right? Behold SUSHISAMBA, the place where Peruvian, Brazilian and Japanese cuisine align to create a unique blend that shouldn’t work, but so effortlessly does. If the food wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, the interiors will draw you in.
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station gives you serious interior envy. It’ll make you want to white wash your walls, plant a few cacti and replace your sofa with something soft and pink. If a complete home renovation isn’t on the cards then head over to Chiswick instead, for your fix of all things Instagrammable (brunch will call for a #flatlay).
Where: 197-199 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 2DR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Turnham Green (0.4 miles)
Who wouldn’t want their very own ‘press for Champagne’ button? A favourite for Dream Home boards on Pinterest, these nifty little buttons aren’t the only photogenic feature of Soho’s Bob Bob Ricard. Just take a peek inside the private dining room that’s modelled on the Royal Dining Carriage – it’s elegant, it’s elaborate and it’s giving us serious FOMO.
This isn’t just your average salad bar. Oh, no, Palm Greens is stuffed with every kind of houseplant any millennial could even dream of. Bursting with greenery, rustic furnishings and neon lights, Palm Greens is your go-to spot for picture perfect greens too.
Sexy interiors? Check. Sexy food? Double check. There’s only one place that we could be talking about and it’s, of course, Mayfair’s hottest restaurant, Sexy Fish. The restaurant brought in giant international names like the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio team and architect Frank Gehry to create sensational underwater motifs.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Is this London’s most Instagrammable terrace? We certainly think so! Dalloway Terrace is a venue that loves to dabble in a bit of flora and fauna to reflect the changing of the seasons. You’ll want to be the first one of your feed to snap up an Insta when they next change their greenery interiors.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
The Churchill Arms is another of those famous venues you’ve probably seen dozens of times and not necessarily noted the name of – mainly because it’s hidden behind a dense array of flowers in hanging baskets, replaced by mini Christmas trees for the festive period. Technically you don’t even need to go inside to get the perfect shot but the Thai food is worth a sit down, as are the proper ales.
Dim lighting is ideal for date night anyway but add in the fact that you’re dining under a canopy of blossom and the romance factor just went through the roof. It’s worth noting that the famous conservatory makes up a small section of the restaurant so if considering for Valentine’s Day, forget it. Staff are polished, tablecloths are crisp and the wine list extensive.
If you’re looking for seriously stellar food gram shots, Lima is the restaurant for you. Fuelling Londoners with authentic, stylish Peruvian cuisine, every dish is delicate, colourful and flavoured to perfection and even though the former doesn’t count in a photograph, it makes it all worthwhile. Grab yourself a table quick before your Insta rival does.
Love all things Instagrammable? Check out our guide to London’s most Instagrammable bakeries here.