If your Insta feed is looking a little drowsy after months of lockdown, fear not because we’re found a few Instaworthy spots that’ll be sure to ring in a hefty amount of likes. And now that restaurants have reopened again, it’s the perfect time to get out and snap a ‘gram.
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 2021. After all, if it isn’t caught on camera, did it really happen at all?
Have you seen a more beautiful dining room? New kid on the hotel block, NoMad London has opened up its doors, bringing with it a stunning new dining room that celebrates grandness and intimacy at the same time.
Located on Bow Street, The NoMad Restaurant is a three-story atrium, replicant of an Edwardian greenhouse. Designed by New York-based firm Roman and Williams, the space is flooded with natural light, but come night transforms into an intimate setting that’s both moody and sensual.
The menu celebrates local and seasonal ingredients, showcasing British and European bounty. A wood-burning grill is the focal point of the whole dining room.
Where: 28 Bow Street, WC2E 7AW
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.
EL&N 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 London spa. Need to eat? The Sea Containers restaurant is a winner. An Instagrammers dream from every angle.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD
London is home to many rainforest inspired restaurants but one you absolutely must visit is 14 Hills. Trees, shrubs and foliage fill the restaurant from floor to ceiling, and the views showcase the best of London’s skyline twinkling at night – it’s truly magical.
On the menu, find sharing delights including herb crusted rack of spring lamb, Provençale tomato, spring greens and ras el hanout jus; and 900g rib of Angus-Hereford cross beef, grilled baby romaine, ranch dressing crispy onions, béarnaise and peppercorn sauce. Yum.
One exterior you’ve no doubt seen splattered across your Insta feed is Chelsea’s No. Fifty Cheyne. The restaurant, popular with every South West Londoner, is simply stunning.
The riverside destination is home to classic interiors, from sweeping grandeur curtains lining the giant windows to banquette seating. The kitchen, headed by Iain Smith, champions the best of British ingredients, all that centre around the grill that greets you as you step foot inside.
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
It’s not summer in London without South Place Hotel dealing out all of the #InstaGoals and this year’s is in the form of their brand new Secret Garden, in partnership with drinks brand, Chambord.
The Secret Garden has been transformed into an oasis of floral dreams, abrim with posies hanging from the ceiling. Alongside the florals, expect exquisite cocktails on offer, including The Garden Club, a mix of Chambord, elderflower liquor, white grapefruit, lemon and egg white.
Where: 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Named after the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, whose impressive work to the taxonomic rank helped communicate our understanding of who we are, and how we as individuals fit into the world surrounding us, Linnaean is a spot that’s on one hell of a health kick. Fused together through a love for health, beauty and lifestyle, all of your girlie needs are catered for here, from the health-driven cafe, natural beauty treatments, to a little lifestyle boutique for all of your self-pampering needs.
Unlike most ‘Instagrammable’ venues, Linnaean manages to deliver on all accounts and ticks all of your interior goals as soon as you step inside. Flowers hang above you and every single aspect was immaculate but without being overbearing.
Where: Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, Nine Elms, SW11 7AX
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; Crispy smoked ham hock, pineapple and chilli ketchup, fried pullet egg; BBQ Dingley Dell pork chop, char siu glaze, pickled plum jam, roast bok choy; and Herdwick lamb rump, mashed potato, white onion purée, sprouting broccoli and anchovy dressing. No filter required.
Where: 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
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 has loos that you could imagine Marilyn Monroe washing her hands in back in the day, or Audrey Hepburn gasping in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. They’re glam, they’re girly, and they’re by far the most Instagrammable in the city.
Where: 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT
Not only does Aubaine deliver exceptional French cuisine, they also deliver on Instagrammable interiors. You already know we’re a sucker for a floral installation but seriously, how cute are these wisteria shots?! Pull up a pew, grab yourself a cocktail and soak up these dreamy interiors.
Not only does Aubaine deliver exceptional French cuisine, they also deliver on Instagrammable interiors.
Where: 2nd floor, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
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
A favourite among critics, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught constantly has a waiting list. Not only is it beautifully pink, the restaurant also boasts three Michelin stars!
If it’s a night to remember what you’re after, book yourself in at the Chef’s Table. You’ll find glorious bespoke Matteo Gonet lamps dazzling on the customised pink, marble tabletop, surrounded by plush armchairs. The menu is unbeatable – don’t hesitate, get your name on the booking list pronto.
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
For rainforest vibes, it’s got to be Amazonico. The Berkeley Square haunt has become the go-to place to head for a next level date night.
Inspired quite literally by the Amazon rainforest, expect a flurry of shrubbery and hanging palms, and even the occasional peacock running around…
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
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.
Make sure you stop off by the loos too – it’s a pink paradise inside.
Where: 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
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, EC3M 8AF
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.
Where: 40 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HX
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.
Describe Sketch in one word and it would obviously be ‘pink’.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
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, SE1 9RY
With its hanging plants, hanging lights, monochrome floors and navy velvet chairs, it’s every millennial’s 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.
Where: Various locations
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).
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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.
Where: 1 Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DF
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.
Sexy interiors? Check. Sexy food? Double check.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR
Helping to make granny chic cool is Hello Darling, the Waterloo Road favourite known for serving up theatrical cocktails and tempting small plates.
A labyrinth of rooms, the restaurant is the brainchild of theatrical set designers Darling and Edge, arts venue The Vaults and 2013 MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman. Every room is abrim with hand-painted furniture, frescoed ceilings and theatrical artwork.
Snap a shot of the fancy calligraphy restaurant front before venturing in.
Where: 131 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UR
Is this London’s most Instagrammable terrace? It’s definitely up there!
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 on your feed to snap up an Insta when they next change their greenery interiors.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
Dim lighting is ideal for date night anyway but add in the fact that you’re dining under a canopy of blossoms 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 you are considering Valentine’s Day, forget it – it’s already booked way in advance we guarantee it. Staff are polished, tablecloths are crisp and the wine list extensive.
Where: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD