London is one of the most Instagrammable cities in the world, and its cafes provide some of the best opportunities for fun and interesting photos. We pick the best spots that guarantee the likes roll in as you enjoy coffee and cakes.
Take a break from your bike to snap cycling memorabilia at Bermondsey cycle cafe and shop, Machine. Catch up with fellow riders over snacks or enjoy a coffee in the relaxed atmosphere, even if you’re not a cycling enthusiast. Don’t miss the tables made out of old bicycle wheels and stalls fashioned from saddles.
Sip on a rose latte or another of Aida Shoreditch’s unique refreshments, which make for perfect picture opportunities among house plants and quirky displays. The cafe is a great setting to snap away while you enjoy brunch, cakes and pastries, being situated within a vintage clothing store looking out onto Shoreditch High Street.
Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium
Find the perfect Instagram combination of coffee and cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. This peaceful London cat cafe in Bethnal Green is the ideal place to relax among the resident cats, each looked after from rescue homes. They’re extremely friendly, and will be more than happy to get a selfie with you while you enjoy the cafe’s cute decorations and vintage-style furnishings.
Peggy Porschen Cakes
Discover a homage to pink at Peggy Porschen Cakes in Belgravia. The classy pink decor creates an ideal backdrop for some afternoon tea images or snaps of the shop’s photogenic designs. You’ll be mesmerised by the variety of cakes this place has to offer – in fact, a number of celebrities have even had their wedding cakes made here, such is the shop’s fame.
Embrace the eccentricity of Palm Vaults, which attracts Instagrammers to its Hackney location due to its unique design. One of the highlights is its “rainbow of lattes”, alluding to the many different coffee colours on offer; while its unique look is created from a combination of marble table tops, bare brick walls and countless palms sprawling from the ceiling.
SAID Dal 1923
Be amazed at the skill of the Italian artisan chocolatiers at SAID Dal 1923. This classy cafe is tucked away in a peaceful corner of Soho, and serves purely chocolatey drinks, cakes and light bites. Whether you artfully centre one of its cups drizzled with hot chocolate in frame, or add a filter to its chocolate-dipped strawberries, the confectionary here makes for a mouthwatering photo.
Feel the London vibe at trendy cafe, cocktail bar and restaurant, Shoreditch Grind. The first of what is now a mini chain of venues across London, this Old Street hotspot has become a firm landmark on Instagrammers’ map due to its industrial-style fittings, neon signage and creative coffees.
Keep things simple with a picture of one of Prufrock Coffee’s specialist brews at its Clerkenwell home. The minimalist design serves as a simple backdrop to some of the finest coffee in London. It may not be as flashy as some of the other places on this list, but if you want a straight-up, old-fashioned coffee shot for Instagram, there’s no better place to go.
Put the icing on the cake at Biscuiteers cafes in Notting Hill and Clapham. The “school of icing” creates more than 100 different biscuit designs, from London icons to seasonal specials, which make for a great addition to your feed. You can even have a go yourself at one of its masterclasses!
Discover how healthy food can be just as picture-perfect as cakes and chocolate at the quirky Daisy Green. This Australia-inspired Marylebone cafe focuses on healthy fare, from relaxed brunches or evening dining, to tasty cocktails. Take the perfect picture during weekdays, when the counter is overflowing with salads and light bites.