Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My guide to instagrammable London

I can safely say the majority of bloggers have snapped a photo of their lunch, stopped to admire a row of houses perfect for their upcoming outfit post, or gone to a location specifically with photography in mind. I thought i'd take the work out of finding these locations and put them all together in one post : my guide to instagrammable London. This is a post for people like me, who spend their time looking for the perfect #ootd location or pick where to eat, based on which restaurant out of the options has the most photogenic interiors. 

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Restaurants: 

Farm Girl, Portobello road. @farmgirlcafe

I couldn't start anywhere else but farm girl could i? The favourite haunt of bloggers and vloggers alike, you'll feel right at home getting out your camera and photographing everything around you from the interiors, the avocado you'll most definitely be eating, to the rose latte you'll be drinking. Farm girl is really popular so i wouldn't attempt a weekend trip, try and find the most inconspicuous time to visit, to avoid the queue of people you probably already follow on instagram.. 
Oh and one more thing, for the best lighting sit outside - they've got pink tables out there too. 

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197 Chiswick Fire station, Chiswick high road. @no197chiswickfirestation

A little further out of central London, located on Chiswick high road is 197 chiswick fire station - a breath of fresh air if, like me, you're used to the regular suburban London restaurants that haven't been redecorated since 2009. If you didn't pick it up from the name, this restaurant is housed within the old fire station, meaning it's got high ceilings and exposed features aplenty. This place has all the features of an #instagramgoals location: white washed walls, hanging halogens, cacti everywhere you look and even blush pink sofas.

Interiors aside the food and drink is perfect too, they've got your regular selection of burgers, steaks and chicken dishes but if you're looking to extend to full on instagrammability, they've also got an all day brunch selection - so you don't have to get up at 7 am for your Sunday brunch post. 
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Peggy Porschen, Belgravia. @peggyporschenofficial 

When bloggers aren't brunching at Farm girl or Farmacy, where are they having their afternoon tea? Nearly always at Peggy Porschen. This is like a pink beacon at the end of the road, you'll almost definitely say "there it is!" when you spot it. Said to have the best cupcakes around (they're probably right) and with baby pink decor even down to the tea pots, this is a photogenic haven - especially if you're partial to a pink instagram theme. 

Like many of the other locations featured in this post, it won't be out of the ordinary to whip out your camera here - most people are there because they saw it on Instagram after all. Peggy Porschen is the type of place you just have to visit, even just once, even if it is all for an Instagram post. 

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Dum Dum doughnuts. @dumdumdoughnuts 

Okay so technically i'm cheating with this one because i didn't actually visit a dumdum donutterie (not entirely sure if that's a word) but i did go to Harrods where they're stocked. The food does all the work here; sometimes you want envy filling healthy brunch, but other days you want chocolate filled zebra doughnuts and that's where dum dum come in. 
These are quickly rising in popularity, i found out about them after seeing them popping up on Instagram every so often, so it's only right they made an appearance in my own insta feed. Find their London locations in shoreditch, croydon, harrods and brixton. 

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Locations:

Holland Park / Notting Hill. 

Many a joke has been made about bloggers meeting each other on the streets of Notting Hill and fighting over checkered steps, but as stereotypical as it is, it doesn't stop it being one of the best locations for ootd and outfit posts if you like a clean white background. No where else in London is like this, pockets of streets all with perfectly lined white houses and black railings, this area will undoubtably give you serious property envy. Although you might feel slightly like the residents of the area are thinking "oh god the bloggers are back" it'll be worth it when you get that perfect shot and your vision comes to life.

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Primrose Hill.

The classic Instagram always has something to do with skies and or sky lines right? Ask any Londoner and they'll tell you the best place to see London in it's entirety is from North London's Primrose Hill. London's skyline might not quite live up to the likes of manhattan, but it's still fun to try and spot every recognisable building you know the name of, even if we do name them "The gherkin" and "The cheese grater". 

Primrose hill provides the perfect picnic spot with a view and as you can see from the picture, it's pretty popular on a nice day. North London has some beautiful streets and instagram worthy houses too so you can combine both and get an ootd out of the day too.

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Other instagrammable locations include:

  • The flowers outside Liberty of London, or saying that just liberty in general..
  • Sketch London, for blush pink and varied interior goals
  • General Touristy places, for classic London living 
  • Farmacy, another blogger favourite vegan friendly option 
  • Bodyism for smoothie things and somehow workouts at the same time (this one I'm not sure on, I'm more into the sitting down and eating rather than the working out and juicing side of blogging). 
This post has come to an end, and i can no longer use the excuse that we need to eat cake here "for a blogpost" .. whats your favourite Instagram friendly London location? - Maria x


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32 comments

  1. Adore this! Need a trip to London (and a blogger friend to take candids of me!) x

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    1. Thank you! I know right, my friends must hate me asking them to take pictures all the time! x

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  2. Love this post! So many lovely locations, you've definitely made me want to visit London!!

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    1. aw thank you! I hope you get to visit them some day and take loads of pictures! x

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  3. Loooved this post - so many great places I need to visit! I've had Primrose Hill on my list for quite some time now!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thank you lovely! Yeah its definitely somewhere everyone needs to go at some point, such a lovely view! X

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  4. Your photos are all so beautiful, that cupcake looks delicious! Londpn is such a beautiful city.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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    1. Aw thats so kind thank you, it really was so yummy! I feel very lucky to live here, i don't know what i would've done if my mum never moved here, i don't think i could've survived in rural ireland hahah! x

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  5. You are awesome and so kind to share all these spots with everyone! :) Your photos are stunning and I now have a fun list of places I would love to visit when we get back home to the UK. Loved this post! :)
    Lucy xx

    www.theblossomtwins.com

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    1. aw thank you so much for reading, i hope you get to tick all of these all off your list! x

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  6. All these places are stunning! I'll definitely be hitting these places if I ever go back to London! Your photography is incredible as always!!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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    1. Aren't they just lovely! Thank you so much for reading lovely, i hope you get to visit them alll yourself! x

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  7. I really want to visit Primrose Hill now! Your photos are beautiful, I had to chuckle when you said the people that live at Notting Hill/Holland Park must think "there are the bloggers again"!!!

    Sarah xx

    http://www.surroundedbysparkle.com

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    1. Yesss you should definitely give it a visit, i always feel like they're thinking that but I'm like push past it and get a good photo! x

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  8. Yaas Girl! This post is just perfect. Now I know where to go next time I'm in London!! Definitely gonna save this post.
    Lea, xx
    www.asnippetoflife.com

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    1. Aw yayyy so glad it's helpful, hopefully you get to visit them all on your next visit! x

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  9. You are very talented and have a good eye for this! Love all your photos <3

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    1. Thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed it! x

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  10. ahhh yess this is so needed! Although I live in London, it's so difficult to find the more subtle gems around plus I'm always on the look out for places to shoot outfit shots

    Dalal .. monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thats exactly why i wanted to make it, I'm so glad you like it! Hopefully you get to visit some of the places soon! x

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  11. I love this post so much! Greenwich is also a great spot for photos, considering i live in London I really should visit more of these places!
    Hels x www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. Thank you! I've actually never been to greenwich, thanks for the tip! x

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  12. These pictures are so beautiful! I have never heard of these places/would not have thought about going to them. Going to take a trip to London in the next few weeks. xx

    www.confettiandcashmereblog.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much, hopefully you get to visit them and love them as much as i do! x

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  13. Love this! I adore London and like to take as many pictures as possible when I'm there so definitely going to head to some of these next time I'm there :)

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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    1. yayyy, same wherever i go i'm taking hundreds of pictures! Hopefully you get to visit some of these too! x

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  14. All this has done is make me want to go back to London. So many lost Insta opportunities!

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    1. Thats the goal! Hopefully you can come back soon and take plenty of photos! x

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  15. This is such a cool idea for a post! Also made me realise how badly I need to visit London again - there's too many awesome places to discover. Peggy Porschen looks like the kind of place I need to spend an afternoon. Eating cake. And taking ungodly amounts of insta photos...

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    1. Thank you! I came up with it while upside down drying my hair haha! Peggy Porschen is so amazing and the cakes are even better! x

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  16. Hey! love the post, do you know where the checked steps in Notting Hill are exactly?

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    1. Thank you! I don't, they're are many, just have a walk around and you'll almost definitely find some! x

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