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25 Most Instagrammable Cafes in London for Gram-Worthy Photos [2021]

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These days, it’s hard to visit London without taking at least one ‘gram of your time there, which isn’t surprising given that there are so many amazing London Instagram spots you can visit.

However, if you want to combine a photo opportunity with some delicious food and coffee, look no further than these Instagrammable cafes in London.

From pastel pink furniture to flowers hanging from the ceiling, here are the 25 most Instagrammable cafes in London for amazing photos!

This article is written by Faraway Lucy writer, Char Srahan.

1. Peggy Porschen Cakes

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Address: 116 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QQ

Phone number: 020 7730 1316

Peggy Porschen has two branches – one in Belgravia and one in Chelsea.

Granted, you’d think these well-to-do locations come with a hefty price tag but actually, Peggy is known for her trademark pink cakes coming with a fair price tag.

Peggy, after growing up in a small village in Cologne, Germany always knew she wanted to be a cake designer and you can feel her graft at her both her cafés.

You won’t miss Peggy’s ‘parlours’ as the outside of both branches are bright pink with flower arch entrances.

(You don’t even have to go in for the ‘gram!)

All the crockery is pink and a visit at Christmas or Halloween is a particularly special treat as Peggy cafés go all out with the decorations.

Hot drinks start at £3.50, iced teas at £4.50 and Peggy’s famous cupcakes are £5.50 (you’ll kick yourself if you don’t try the Blackberry & Pear Crumble cupcake).

A cream tea for one is £8 and the seasonal specials aren’t to be missed.

2. Minnow Clapham

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Address: 21 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY

Phone number: 020 7720 4105

With the obligatory hanging fairy lights, flowers everywhere and those rattan chairs that Pinterest keeps spamming you with, Minnow is easily one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London.

Minnow overlooks Clapham Common and is a great go-to if you’re looking for a dessert fix on a rainy day.

The house ice cream is a particular winner, but you won’t be caught short if you’re looking for a comforting brunch either.

It’s quietest in the morning and opens at 8 am every day apart from at the weekend when doors open at 9 am.

If it makes it to your feed, let Minnow, yeah?

3. Aubaine

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Address: 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB

Phone number: 020 7318 3738

Nestled inside Selfridges is Aubaine, home of all things French in London.

It’s got purple wisteria everywhere you look and a delicate menu filled to the rafters with mille-feuille, crème brulee and pain au pistaches.

It’s made for your story, with the obligatory Selfridges bag in the corner, obvs.

Aubaine is best if you’re stopping by for dessert or nibbles, but be sure to book as even though you’d think shoppers have other things on their minds, it fills up quickly.

If you’d like something stronger than a coffee, Aubaine’s cocktails are stellar and start at £9 – for non-drinkers, there are lots of mocktail options too.

Fizz and a choux pastry, anyone?

If you’re as wowed as we were by the cakes, Aubaine also offers a monthly cake subscription called ‘Cake Club’ that’s the perfect gift to yourself, from yourself.

4. Saint Aymes

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Address: 59 Connaught St, St George’s Fields, London W2 2BB

Phone number: 07503 566556

Saint Aymes must keep London’s artificial flower industry going.

With blooms in every crevice (including a huge flower arch out front), you won’t be short on floral photo opportunities.

Saint Aymes also boasts a drinks menu like no other.

There’s a whole list of 24ct gold specials, signature hot chocolates and if you’d like a souvenir from your trip, they offer a polaroid photo service for £5.

A flag – there’s a one-hour limit on your stay at a table and it’s recommended that you book well ahead of your visit.

It’s also worth knowing that they add a 12.5% service charge to all items, no matter if it’s just a drink…

But it’s well worth it for a unicorn latte (£7.45), right?

5. Attendant

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Address: 27A Foley St, London W1W 6DY

Way back when Attendant used to be a Victorian men’s toilet block in the heart of Fitzrovia.

I know, I’m not quite selling it, but stay with me – now, Attendant is one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London.

Plus it’s full of potential for a toilet joke on your IG story.

Attendant is full of personality as you’ll be charmingly seated between old toilet cisterns.  

Their orange juice carafes can’t be beaten, babyccinos are offered on the house (to actual babies, sorry) and their avocado and halloumi rolls are a solid 11/10.

Bear in mind that they’re cashless and don’t take bookings.

Regular hot drinks cost £3 and if you’re stopping by for brekkie, expect to spend £6.50 on that. 

6. Brickwood Café

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Address: 21 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG

Phone number:  020 3011 0600

Part of a London chain, Brickwood Café opened on the edge of Clapham Common in August 2021 and it’s well worth a visit.

With a matching pink outside, walls and coffee machine, you can get the gram’ before you’ve even placed your order (but don’t snap and dash, it’s well worth hanging about).

With vegan cakes, doorstop wedges of cake and coffees ninety times better than Pr*t or C*sta’s, it’s a must if you’re in the Clapham area.

Like Darcie & May Green, Brickwood has an Australian theme and that’s best demo’d by their super chill, welcoming staff (who frequently give away cakes on the house, but you didn’t hear that here!).

A brunch is £10, soups and salads are £6, and if you’re on the go, an espresso is £2.50.

In line with Clapham’s ‘nappy valley’ community, Brickwood is a hub for excitable dogs and yummy mummies.

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So if you’re looking for peace and quiet, try Brew, just minutes away on Clapham’s Northcote Road instead.

7. Greenwich Grind

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Address: 17 Nelson Rd, London SE10 9JB

Phone number: 020 3823 6545

Just a four-minute walk away from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Grind (part of the Grind chain) is your go-to for huge, fluffy pancakes in an airy, industrial-chic setting.

Of course, Greenwich Grind didn’t miss the neon-sign memo so you can eat your heart out on both pastries AND selfies.

Greenwich Grind is also just a stone’s throw away from the Cutty Sark and Greenwich Market so it’s easy to build into your day if you’re in the Greenwich/Blackheath area.

I recommend booking a table as the place fills up quickly, especially at weekends.

And it doesn’t open until 12 pm Monday to Sunday so make sure it’s in the afternoon of your itinerary.

Hot drinks are £2.20 and breakfast and lunch range between £6 – £8.

Or if you really want to treat yourself, why not order one of the best bottomless brunches in London?

Afterwards, (if you can stomach it, that is), dive into one of their desserts.

The House Espresso Affogato and Hot Apple Crumble Sundae (both £6) are epic!  

8. EL&N

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Address: Various, all across London

EL&N market themselves as the “most Instagrammable café in the world” so my work here is done.

Joking! With hot chocolates in almost every flavour, including cherry, mint and hazelnut, Spanish lattes and flora tea (a flower IN your teapot), at EL&N you’re not going to be short on things to story.

Not to mention, no EL&N branch is without neon signs, flower walls and giant love-hearts, so you’ll have an Insta field day.

The Blue Sapphire Latte (£15) is a particular highlight if you’re looking to really wow your loyal followers.

However, EL&N also serves moderately priced breakfasts, gelato, dulce de leche, cakes and pastries which are as impressive as their hot drinks – their Turkish Eggs cannot be beaten.

Meals are around £10 and drinks are around £6, but let it be known, the photo opportunities are priceless.

9. sketch

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Address: 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG

Phone number: 020 7659 4500

If you haven’t heard of sketch, you’ve been living under a rock.

Less of a café, more of an afternoon tea experience, it’s one of the most quirky places to eat in London.

Sketch is known for its quirky ceramics (all designed by David Shrigley), experimental desserts and oh-so-British service.

(Seriously, the servers give polite a new meaning!)

This is somewhere you need to book well ahead of your time in London and a deposit is required, so maybe save this one for a birthday treat or when you really want to t-r-e-a-t yourself.

Remember to come looking your best, as a toilet selfie is non-negotiable.

You’ll see why when you get there!

10. Kiss the Hippo Coffee

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Address: 50 George St, Richmond TW9 1HJ

We can’t promise any IRL hippos, but we can promise hippo-shaped biscuits, eccentric latte art (a snowman on your cappuccino, anyone?) and a cool, clean interior.

With shops in Richmond and Fitzrovia, Kiss the Hippo is a prime spot for a proper coffee when you’re on the fly.

The Richmond base is across the road from Richmond Green, so do stop by if you’re in the area.

Head in Monday – Friday 08:30 am – 5 pm, and 09:30 – 5 pm at the weekend.

It’s a bit of a mecca for Richmond families at the weekend, so if you’re looking for some quiet, pop by on a weekday.

One of the most Instagrammable cafes in London? I think so!

11. Palm Vaults

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Address: 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY

Without a doubt, Palm Vaults in Hackney is one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London if you’re seeking tropical vibes.

With pink glitter lattes, optional dried rose petals or lavender on every cup of joe, fresh juices, macarons and edible-flower topped ‘avo smash on sourdough, you’re bound to get THE shot here.

Hot drinks start at £3.30, smoothie bowls at £6.50 and brunch will set you back around £7.

Palm Vaults is just minutes from Hackney Downs Park and there’s a walled garden walk just seconds away in the St. John Churchyard Gardens.

In short, you won’t be short of scenic surroundings if you’d rather takeaway.

Palm Vaults is open every day with a wide range of vegetarian and free-from options.

It’s also dog friendly; however, laptops and tablets are banned so if you want to get your head down, this isn’t the place for you.

12. Look Mum No Hands!

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Address: 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX

Phone number:  020 7253 1025

Look Mum No Hands! is a haven for those that love both plants and cycling… oh, and great granola.

Based on Old Street, Look Mum No Hands! is both a café and a bicycle repair shop that offers huge bowls of bircher muesli and cold-pressed juices that should be award-winning.

In the evenings, there’s a particularly good chilli and tofu hot dog offering, and occasionally cycling-themed exhibitions.

You can visit every day between 8 am – 4 pm, 9 am – 4 pm on Saturdays, or 10 am – 4 pm on Sundays.

13. Darcie & May Green

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Address: Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, Central W2 6DS

Phone number: 020 3935 9045

Picture this (literally): an Aussie themed brunch with free-flowing fizz on a colourful barge in the heart of London’s Grand Union Canal.

A photo at Darcie & May Green will definitely rank in your end-of-year ‘top 9’ grams, we promise*.

The Darcie & May Green boat was designed by legendary pop artist Sir Peter Blake who also created the cover art for The Beatles, The Who and Band Aid’s iconic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.

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The café offers both style and substance: a bowl of house granola is £8.40, and if you want to make the most of the Australian café culture the chain promises, maybe The Bondi Breakfast at £14.20 will hit the spot.

Darcie May & Green is walk-ins only and we suggest you head there early to get a seat. (It opens at 8 am Monday – Saturday, 9 am on Sunday.)

However, if you do find yourself stuck waiting around for a table, take a walk along the Little Venice canal where the barge sits. It’s especially gorgeous on a crisp Autumn morning.

*Well, we almost promise.

14. Draughts

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Address: Arch 16 Leake St, London SE1 7NN

Phone number: 07903 441976

Draughts is a board game café with branches in both Hackney and Waterloo, but for me, Waterloo is where it’s at.

Sitting underneath Waterloo station with two floors and over 800 board games to play, Draughts is THE ultimate board game experience.

(However, the halloumi nuggets and churros don’t go amiss either.)

I’d advise booking before you visit and please note that the owners are really keen for visitors to ditch technology so, in the words of Troy Bolton, guests can really “get their head in the game”.

Light bites are around £8 and cocktails are a very reasonable £9… for London.

15. Paper & Cup

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Address: 18 Calvert Ave, London E2 7JP

Phone number: 020 7739 5358

If your feed is more minimalist, Paper & Cup will be one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London for you.

With lots of woody furniture, a huge colour-coded bookshelf and cosy vibes, you must pay Paper & Cup a visit if you’re in the Spitalfields area.

Not only is their simple, back-to-basics menu affordable and seasonally updated, but the café also prides itself on training up the next generation of baristas; many of whom are in recovery from addiction and seeking new skills.

All profits from the café are pumped into supporting people in recovery and homelessness in Shoreditch,.

This means you can feel good as you enjoy your pastel de nata, XXL croissant, or apricot and blackberry crumble cake (or all three?!).

Paper & Cup also offer 20p off their drinks if you have them in your own flask.

Expect to pay £2.50 for a latte, £4.50 for their delicious honey toast, and £11 for a toastie.

The café is open every day from 10 am – 6 pm, apart from Sunday which is 11 am – 5 pm.

16. Feya Café

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Address: 146 Brompton Rd, London SW3 1HX

Phone number: 020 3972 7989

There are two Feya Café branches in London, one in Knightsbridge and one on Bond Street.

Both are glorious, but the Knightsbridge branch is especially great for the ‘gram.

With huge, plush crushed velvet seats, purple flowers hanging from the ceiling, no shortage of edible petals and rose gold EVERYWHERE, your IG tiles are crying out for some Feya action!

By some miracle, Feya Café is really reasonably priced too.

The very luxe sounding ‘24ct Gold Saffron hot chocolate’ comes in at just £6.80, and an espresso is £2.90.

However, if you’re feeling experimental, why not try Feye do Oreo, strawberry or lemon cheesecake shots?

Or if you’re looking to cleanse your palate, a cardamom or masala Karak Chai tea might be just up your street for £4.80.

Feya Café is just a five-minute walk from Hyde Park, and Green Park is 25 minutes away by foot, so it’s easily accessible if you’re in the South West London area.

(And the best bit is that it doesn’t shut until 10 pm!)

17. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Address: 152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG

Phone number: 020 8616 9390

If you’re a cat lover, or just need to add some cuteness to your feed, Lady Dinah’s needs to be added to your London bucket list.

It doesn’t get much better than cats for company as you plough through your afternoon tea!

There are fourteen cats in the café, and they’re even better than you at posing.

It’s £15 per person to visit the Cat Emporium for ninety minutes, and you must be over twelve years old to come by.

Afternoon tea is only available when pre-paid and pre-booked.

Hot drinks are £2.50 and the generous slices of cake start at £3.75. A steal!

18. Chestnut Bakery

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Address: 17-21 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9RP

Phone number:  020 3883 5626

Without a doubt, one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London HAS to be Chestnut Bakery in Westminster.

Chestnut’s USP is bread and in their words: “Bread is our home; it’s our family, it’s our friends, it’s our community.”

(Never have we heard truer words spoken about carbs!)

Chestnut Bakery prides itself on flatbreads made in their clay oven, a savoury pastries menu that changes every month and of course coffees to complement all of the above.

Cakes sit at the £4 mark and you’ll want to keep £11 aside for a light lunch.

It’s well worth a visit if only for the pink egg boxes they get their fresh eggs delivered in!

Opening times are 7 am – 6 pm every day but Sunday, when they’re open 8 am – 6 pm.

19. DYCE

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Address: 27 James St, London W1U 1DX

Phone number: 020 3935 6393

Zahra, owner of Dyce Café in Marylebone calls DYCE “your one-way ticket to dessert heaven” and we have to hand it to her, because she’s right.

Think ring-lights, mirrors and pastel-coloured wiggly seating: it’s what Dyce does best.

DYCE is a shout for bubble tea (£3.90), crepes (£6.95) and milkshakes (£7.50), all of which you can ‘build your own’.

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And if you’re looking to up your Reels game, take some inspo from DYCE’s TikTok account.

You can’t book, so rock up between 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm on Monday – Thursday, and 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

20. Said London

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Address: 41 Broadwick St, Carnaby, London W1F 9QL

Phone number: 020 7437 1584

London is where you can get the good good when it comes to chocolate treats in London.

Focused solely on all things choco, Said is an Italian chocolate ‘factory’ founded in 1923 which can now be found in London, Rome and Dubai.

From enormous slices of chocolate cake to overspilling pure-chocolate hot chocolates to baking bowls filled with chocolate strawberries – it’s all there for the taking (and the photographing!).

Do note that because there’s no shortage of melted chocolate at Said, your photographs won’t be perfect; chocolate spillage, whether it’s chocolate sauce or a frothy mocha, is a guarantee.

Said can be found in the middle of Soho, so if you’re visiting the West End or are shopping, make sure you make a stop. (But just don’t tell your dentist!)

Slices of cake and truffles are £6, patisserie is a set price of £2.80, and their unmissable hot chocolates are £3.50. Just think of the slow-mo pours!

Said opens at 10 am, but dinner service starts at around 4 pm.

Aim to be there in the morning/early afternoon for hot drinks and sweet treats (though I could rave about their main meals too).

21. Common Counter Press

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Address: 118 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG

Common Counter Press is a sanctuary for keen readers as it doubles as both a bookshop AND a café in one.

And on top of this, it’s also an inclusive place for LGBTQIA+ and queer caffeine lovers.

Head down, grab a book and chat with the owners while you sip your java; it’s a joy if you’re in the Bethnal Green area.

The Common Press café is a great layover if you’re in the area for the Spitalfields City Farm or Brick Lane market, both of which I heartily recommend.

So if you’re convinced, pop on by anytime between 10 am – 6 pm every day.

22. Anya Cafe

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Address: 9 Pont St, London SW1X 9EH

Phone number: 020 4529 0924

In May 2021, world-renowned fashion designer Anya Hindmarch opened her first-ever café, aptly named ANYA CAFÉ, in Belgravia.

The café prides itself on serving cakes and biscuits ‘with a sense of humour’.

And luckily for you, it also happens to be one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London!

Whether you’re in the market for a ‘monster cake’, ‘chubby cloud cake’ or Anya’s affectionately named ‘naughty & nice biscuits’, a quirky sweet treat (and at least one love-heart-eyes emoji reaction to your story) is a given.

The best bit? Everything is reasonably priced and can be enjoyed in or taken away.

Most cakes and biscuits sit at the £5 mark and fresh teas are £3.

Get excited for small, free additions such as a first-class-stamp biscuit with your coffee, or latte art that reads ‘SLOW DOWN’.

It’s well worth a visit.

23. Host Café

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Address: St Mary Aldermary, Watling St, London EC4M 9BW

Phone number: 07873 438774

Beat this: coffee in a church.

That’s the name of the game at Host, a beautiful 900-year-old church that moonlights as a café Monday – Friday.

Offering beautiful coffee from local coffee roasters, Mission Coffee Works, accompanied by sourdough toast and soup, it’s a spectacular stop for a cuppa (and one all your followers will be… following you to).

If you’re on a shoestring, Host is happy for you to bring your own lunch and the WiFi is free to use too – even if you’re just stopping by for a juice.

Opening hours are 7:30 am – 4 pm, so make sure you’re there before the closing time rush.

24. Artisan

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Address: 32 New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2XA

Phone number: 0771 265 7475

For wholesome coffee hangs and an Instagram shot to match, Artisan is one of the most Instagrammable cafes in London for you.

With exposed brick, killer pastries and friendly staff, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t visit when in the Ealing area.

Artisan is also a coffee school and provides a four-hour ‘Introduction to Coffee’ workshop for £75.

If you’re tired of cocktail masterclasses, this is your calling to take on coffee!

In fact, if you know your stuff and want to talk all things microfoam, TDS levels (this went over my head too) and brew ratios, the owners will delight in having a chat over your flat white.

It may sound fancy, but hot drinks start at £2.60 and their ‘very very tasty toasties’ are £4.50.

25. Coffee Addict

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Address: 324 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London SW1V 1AA

Phone number: 020 3441 6446

Last but absolutely by no means least on this list of the most Instagrammable cafes in London we have Coffee Addict.

Found in the middle of Victoria, this cafe is the home of the most EXTRA drinks and pancakes.

Serving tiramisu souffle pancakes, butterfly matcha and beetroot lattes, you won’t struggle to get #content.

You can’t miss it – Coffee Addict is easily identifiable with its punny chalkboard out front and bright pink furniture. 

Coffee Addict is a three-minute walk from Westminster Cathedral so if you’re in need of a pit-stop, this is the place.

It’s open on weekdays between 7:30 am – 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm – 5:30 pm on weekends.

 

So there you have it: the 25 most Instagrammable cafes in London for amazing photos.

It’s safe to say you’ve got an amazing selection of Instagrammable cafes in London to choose from but which are you going to pay a visit?

Please let me know in the comments below!

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