Instagrammable restaurants in London
From Sketch to Bob Bob Ricard and Spring, these are the top London restaurants you should be visiting if you want a beautiful Instagram feed
Quite possibly the most photographed room in London, the Gallery at Sketch in Mayfair is a pink lover’s paradise. From the art deco-style chairs to the rose gold furnishing and the illustrations by David Shrigley that decorate the walls, this is Instagram heaven.
Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG, +44 (0)20 7659 4500
Damien Hirst’s chemistry lab-inspired décor has given this modern British restaurant something of a cult status. Quite apart from the menu by Mark Hix, diners are drawn here by the artist’s medicine cabinet installations and butterfly kaleidoscope paintings as well as windows depicting DNA strands.
Pharmacy 2, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ, +44 (0)20 3141 9333
Bob Bob Ricard
The award-winning blue dining room at this Russian-British fusion restaurant was inspired by the Orient Express and looks just as pretty in reality as it does in pictures. Designed by David Collins, it’s lavish and luxurious in all the right ways and even has much photographed ‘press for champagne’ buttons at each table.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF, +44 (0)20 3145 1000
Bourne & Hollingsworth
There’s nothing more Instagrammable than whitewashed walls and leafy green plants, which is why this cosy Clerkenwell spot is such a huge online hit. Choose to sit in the garden room, the café or the greenhouse and be sure to take photos that contrast the wrought-iron chairs with the floral cushion covers.
Bourne & Hollingsworth, 42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU, +44 (0)20 3174 1156
Set in a restored 19th-century drawing room in Somerset House, this striking restaurant has marble counters, copper fixtures and pastel pink sofas. Add an abundance of indoor plants and the result is a picture-perfect venue. In the evening it looks particularly good as the lights are dimmed but the trees inside remain illuminated.
Spring, Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA, +44 (0)20 3011 0115
Designed by Tom Dixon, this chic restaurant overlooking Trafalgar Square has a pink concrete bar, dark green leather booths and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light. You can get great shots of both the interiors and the outside view from here.
Bronte, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5EJ, +44 (0)20 7930 8855
The cherry blossom-filled conservatory of this French restaurant often makes it on to Instagram feeds because it’s just so beautiful. The retractable glass roof here offers great lighting for photos during the day, and in the evenings the log fire keeps diners cosy and the room illuminated, so you can get a perfect snap any time.
Clos Maggiore, 33 King Street, London WC2E 8JD, +44 (0)20 7379 9696
Searcys at the Gherkin
Designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster, the Gherkin is one of London’s most striking buildings. Its 39th floor offers this stunning restaurant with a breathtaking interior and 365-degree views of the city. You are almost sure to get some of the best photographs you’ve ever taken from the comfort of your seat here.
Searcys at the Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP, +44 (0)20 7071 5025
A renowned venue in Camden, this South African restaurant has some of the most striking interiors in London. The huge two-floor space features 20ft-high warrior statues and carved wooden murals on every one of its walls. Every part of this eatery is photogenic but to capture the true scale snap a photo when you’re on the escalators.
Shaka Zulu, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AB, +44 (0)20 3376 9911
Housed in a former East End tram generator building, this industrial-chic restaurant in Shoreditch always gets people talking. Most diners are especially struck by Cock and Bull, the large Damien Hirst installation that looms over the space. Artworks by Henry Hudson and Sarah Lucas are also highly Instagrammable.
Tramshed, 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX, +44 (0)20 7749 0478
Mirror Room at Rosewood London
As the name suggests, there are mirrors from top to bottom in this hotel restaurant, making it a selfie-lover’s dream dinner spot. Low lighting and lounge seating add to the relaxed vibe and give a soft focus to your photos, making them all the more flattering.
Mirror Room at Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, +44 (0)20 3747 8620
With floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, Sushisamba is an ideal spot from which to take photos of the London skyline. On days when it’s slightly cloudy outside, the interiors are also Instagram-worthy, with hundreds of lightbulbs dangling dramatically from the high ceilings. Outside on the roof terrace an illuminated tree sculpture makes for a great shot.
Sushisamba, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, +44 (0)20 3640 7330
It’s the futuristic secret corridor at this Latin-American restaurant that really peaks our interest; it looks and photographs like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Elsewhere in this appealing eatery traditional wood furnishings and classical-style portraits contrast well with neon red-light fixtures.
MNKY HSE, 10 Dover Street, London W1S 4LD, +44 (0)20 3870 4880
The 1970s décor of this pizzeria will look great on any Instagram feed. The patterned wallpaper, shag carpets and neon fruit machines will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. The autographed photographs of celebrities including Kate Bush and Olivia Newton John are also sure to be social media favourites.
Bobby Fitzpatrick, 273 West End Lane, London NW6 1QS, +44 (0)20 7433 1989