London is full of gorgeous, and sometimes secret, Instagram-worthy spots. We’ve picked out the 15 prettiest and most photogenic places to visit in town.
Heading to London soon? Good, we have some sights to delight your eyes. Some of these places date back a long time whereas others are new in the capital. All of them are special, pretty and even romantic. If you love architecture, you’ll likely love all of these too.
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1. Princelet Street
Everyone is so busy visiting Brick Lane that this beautifully decadent building, located right by it, might go unnoticed. This early Georgian House dates back to the early Eighteenth Century. The good part is, however, that you can rent any of its fifteen interior rooms.
Location: 4 Princelet St, London E1 6QH
2. Neal’s Yard
There’s nothing better than coming here early on a sunny day and enjoying its colorful surroundings while having a coffee.
Location: Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden WC2H 9DP
3. Lancaster Road Houses
Despite the modernisation of the city, when one thinks of London’s local and most authentic architecture, typical Victorian houses come to mind. Nestled on a quiet tree-lined street, this colorful houses are little rebels compared to its neighbours.
Location: 50 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QR
4. Natural History Museum
Forget about the massive dinosaur and the annoying kids running everywhere. Once inside, go straight to the last floor and admire from the stairs the amazing architecture this museum has. How beautiful is it?
Location: Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
5. Columbia Road Flower Market
A Sunday classic. Between 8 am and 2 pm delight yourself in one of the most visually appealing locations of the list. The best market in London for flowers and plants. The smell will bring you joy while you walk through the crowded street.
Location: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
6. Trevor Square Pink House
There are exactly three pink doors in London, this one is the most beautiful. Kensignton is well know for its clean streets, pretty houses and expensive cars. Trevor square is no different to the others.
7. Royal Botanic Gardens Palm House
Oh Kew. So beautiful and yet so far away. Well, we are sorry to tell you that even if you thought you were going to the end of the world, everyone had the same idea — it will be packed. Be here early to avoid the crowds and have the wonderful Palm House for yourself.
Location: Richmond TW9 3AB
8. St Dunstan-in-the-East
One of the few remaining casualties of the London Blitz, this destroyed church has become an enchanting public garden. This medieval church was devastated with bombs in World War II, leaving the interior just an empty shell. Every day that is sunny a few people will have lunch surrounded by this beautifully abandoned church which was designed by somebody as important as Christopher Wren.
Location: Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD
9. Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Cafe
Among the many things you can do here, icing a biscuit yourself in their Icing School is the best. What we like most about this place is its seasonal decoration, always changing.
Location: 194 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES
10. Big Ben
The Big Ben is arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in London. So magnificent, elegant and well proportionate. Our favorite spot to photograph it: underneath the bridge — slightly different.
Location: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
11. Churchill Arms
You may wonder if there’s room for any other plant pots in this façade. No, there isn’t. This is the greenest pub in London and one of the most photographed in the Spring and Autumn seasons. Get your perfect snap while enjoying a beer.
Location: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Visiting Peckham’s Asylum is a nightmare. After a couple (of thousand) buses you’ll arrive and discover the door is locked (again). Make sure you call before visiting since they not only have a restricted schedule, they host quite a lot private events too. However, don’t let this discourage you from visiting one of the most beautifully decadent spots in South London.
13. Love Door
The legend says two artists live in this house. They decided to bring a colorful touch to the neighbor and besides the pink door (one of the three we’ve mentioned) they placed a LOVE sign above. During Christmas, Halloween and other festivities, the artists keep changing the decoration. A door worth visiting over and over.
Location: 48 Oakley St, Chelsea, London SW3 5HA
14. Nunhead Cemetery
Nunhead Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London according to Londoners. It is scuh a popular location among locals that you’ll find people walking their dogs, running and even kids playing around (yes, we are still talking about a cemetery). So it’s ok if you come by yourself.
Location: Linden Grove, London SE15 3LP
15. Bywater Street Houses
Last but not least, a very cheerful street located near the famous Saatchi Gallery. The best time to visit is early on a Monday, when no cars will disturb your perfect capture.
Location: Bywater St, Chelsea, London SW3 4XD
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