What better a way to start of my Europe blog posts than with one from London. I spent about a week and a half in London, which is by far the longest I stayed in one city during my month long adventure. I definitely have a soft spot for London and it is one of the only cities in the world that I have visited not once but four times. That’s saying a lot considering I have this constant struggle with revisiting places and seeing new ones instead. London is just that special.
There is so much that is iconically London, but the following places are the most Insta-worthy places you should visit while in London-town. They are all equally iconic, picture perfect and Instagrammable.
ARCH ACROSS FROM BIG BEN
This view might as well be the official postcard of London, England. Really, when you think of London, what’s the first landmark that you think of? It’s Big Ben, right? Thought so. This view directly across from Parliament and Big Ben is just to the west of the bridge on the walking path.
I was on the hunt for best rooftop bars while I was in London, but I failed miserably. Maybe it was because I was exhausted from traveling for 2 weeks straight or maybe it was because it was rainy (no surprise there!). I did, however, convince some friends that we should head over to see the view from the Madison after dinner. I think that was the single best decision I made while in London.
The entrance to this rooftop bar is by the elevators in the middle of the shopping plaza. You can’t miss them. There’s security there and if it’s a busy night (which it might be), you’ll have to wait in a line. We waited all of 3 minutes before being allowed into the elevator. As that elevator rose to the top, the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen started to appear right behind St. Paul’s Cathedral. Did I mention the roof sits adjacent to St. Paul’s? That alone, should get you to check this place out.
I should say the photo above, is a literal depict of the view from that night. No crazy editing there.
Did you really go to London if you didn’t take a picture with an iconic British phone booth? Or so I’ve seen others say. We were on the hunt to find a spot where there were more than one phone booth. You can find single phone booths around every other corner, but always by themselves like the one across the street from Big Ben. This cluster of phone booths is just on the corner of Broad Court and Bow Street down the street from the Covent Garden.
On the north side of the Tower Bridge, just to the side of the Tower of London is in my opinion the best place to get pics of the Tower Bridge. You can sit on these lovely benches under shade of some trees with this iconic view. Yes, I don't think the Tower Bridge has a bad side, but I did tell you these would be the most Instagrammable spots, right!
I’m going to go ahead and put this out there. Peggy Porschen’s is the most Instagrammable spot in London. I didn’t say iconic London worthy, but just plain Instagram, Profile-picture worthy. Millennial pink, gold accents, flowers arching across the entrance and of course cakes. Need I say more?
I can’t help but have a soft spot for Notting Hill. It may be because I loved the movie and Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, but there’s just something so cute and quaint about the neighborhood of Notting Hill. You really could turn around any corner here and stop for a picture. It is that photo ready. And most of the buildings here are pastel-colored, yes!
Now you're all set to visit London and get the most profile worthy photos. You're welcome!
Yours Truly // Shannon