The Bars That’ll Make Your Instagram Feed Stand Out
Nowadays it’s not enough for a bar to serve killer drinks and being in the trendiest spot or having a celebrity clientele doesn’t cut it nearly as much as 150 Insta likes. So where are the best spots to get those likes pouring in?
Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
Why: Sketch must, hands down, be the most Insta-friendly bar in London. There’s so much to point your phone at. From the moment you cross the threshold this place will light up your newsfeed. There’s even a choice of bars, with the pod-like East Bar and its sunken bar to the The Glade, the woodland themed bar with gorgeous art on the walls, foliage and furniture being Instagram-ready.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Why: There is something really special about The Shard. It’s not just the extraordinary architecture or that its an iconic London landmark, but what’s within also matters, and never less when it’s all in the aid of some social media love. Which is exactly what you’ll get at Aqua Shard. Aqua’s Oxford Street outposts were already Insta magnets, but their dark and alluring Shard restaurant is well worth a visit.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Why: Londoners don’t spend enough time sat on the tube, clearly, because bar Cahoots is endlessly Instagrammable and it’s built around a tube car. Channelling a speakeasy vibe and set in a 1940s rationing era the creative decor is very taggable.
Where: 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PG
London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Why: Rumpus Room at Mondrian Hotel looks great inside, and looks out on one of London’s most iconic skylines. The hotel, itself a bastion of cool, is topped off with the Rumpus Room. Instagrammable itself, the furniture and decor are very cool, it’s physically impossible to not to go to the balcony and take a picture across the river to St Pauls. Okay, perhaps not physically impossible, but basically.
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
The London Edition
Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Why: To Fitzrovia and The London Edition Hotel. The Berners Street hotel contains Berners Tavern, with a Michelin-starred menu under chef Jason Atherton, the bar is pretty damn funky. Whip out your phone, catch it on camera just to prove you were there.
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP, United Kingdom
Why: Gerald Scarfe’s paintings and drawings have been in the public eye for decades,generally via the medium of print media, in books, newspapers and so on. So it’s only right that Scarfe’s drawing should be exposed to the Instagram generation. So head to Scarfe’s Bar for a real eyeful.
Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN
The Bloomsbury Club Bar
Why: The Bloomsbury set would have been well into social media, Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes would have vied for Insta follows, blates. Were they around today they would certainly have been attracted like moths To The Lighthouse to The Bloomsbury Club Bar where they’d be found taking photos of their food and other scholarly activities.
Where: The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN
Pergola on the Roof
Why: Another day another rooftop, and Pergola on the Roof, over in White City, is an ideal place for a post-work drink. The beach club vibe and a pergola covered in foliage, not to mention the rooftop view make it difficult not to whip out the old selfie stick (not a euphemism).
Where: Television Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush, W12 7RJ
Why: One of the sexiest London bars, Sushisamba sits at the top of a City skyscraper with predictably incredible vista before you. The restaurant serves a fabulous Japanese/Peruvian menu but the bar is where the Insta’s at. With an unexpected tree, at several hundred feet from ground-level, basking in the limelight it’s the perfect spot for a selfie.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
The Mandrake Hotel
Why: Not gunna lie, I’m slightly obsessed with the springbok peacock (springcock? peabok?) that dominates the bar at Waeska, the bar in The Mandrake. And now I’ve discovered it I fully intend that it’s going to dominate my Insta stories! Their new ethnobotanical cocktail menu sounds pretty alright too!
Where: 20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG
What: Scarlett Green
Why: 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 worthy of getting snap happy and overloading on the hashtags.
Where: 4 Noel Street, Soho, W1F 8GB