Each year, millions of tourists flock to London to explore its iconic landmarks and historical sights.
From stunning medieval cathedrals and fortresses to historic royal palaces, the British capital is home to some of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the world.
…which makes them the perfect place to snap a selfie and watch those likes roll in.
But where are the most Instagrammable places in London that are guaranteed to be a hit with friends and family back home?
Of all London’s most iconic buildings, Buckingham Palace is almost certainly one of the most photographed – and for good reason. This architectural gem is home to Queen Elizabeth II, who is still the head of 13 states, including the UK. If you’re lucky, you might get a photo opportunity with a fluffy-hatted guard. Get to her majesty’s pad early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Here’s a spot that’s probably going to feature in your next profile picture. Who could leave this amazing city without a shot of Big Ben? It’s one of the most iconic buildings in the UK, and certainly one of the most Instagrammable places in London. From London Bridge, you can take a wide shot of the entire Gothic structure behind the River Thames. Again, we recommend heading there early. When it’s busy, hundreds of visitors jostle for the perfect vantage point.
With its two distinctive towers, Westminster Abbey is one of the most recognisable buildings in the City. And its history spans well over a millennium. In that time, almost all monarchs have been coronated and buried at the Abbey. When you’re done taking pictures of the magnificent exterior, head inside to pay tribute to our Late heads of state (as well as names like Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking).
Regent Street is one of the most strikingly beautiful streets in London, with its grand Georgian terraces that curve with the road. Not only is it an Instagrammer’s paradise, but it’s also a mecca for high-end shopping. Get hold of a British shopping bag to add a cultural prop to your snaps.
In London, you can marvel at more than just the best of Britain. Pay a visit to Chinatown, and you’ll be transported halfway around the world. The entire area, located on the border of Soho, is full of Insta-worthy photo opportunities. Take a selfie with Chinese lanterns hanging over the street beside a temple, and your fans will want to follow in your footsteps.
So far, we’ve discussed some classically British hotspots and cultural delights. Now, let’s dive into the world of fantasy. Remember Platform 9¾ from the wildly popular Harry Potter films? That scene was shot at Kings Cross Station, and the magical platform remains there today. You’ll see the wall that’s seemingly swallowing a trolley as it moves away from the muggle world. Take a picture with the platform, but don’t run into it. People have tried before, and it’s never ended well so far.
If we’ve left you hankering for more Harry Potter, we recommend going on the Harry Potter Studio Tour. You’ll see more shooting locations while you learn everything there is to know about your favourite wizard. And, there’s no shortage of Insta-worthy photo locations inside.