We like to travel. We like to visit beautiful venues. We like to take amazing photos. When we can do all three at once, it is like finding a pot of gold! I love to travel, and I love taking captivating photos of all of the places I go. Here is my list of MUST visit places in London. Not only do these places offer the best experience, whether it’s the best service, best view, or best food, but they also make for a very noteworthy [Instagram] photograph.
Of course Sketch is first on the list! This incredible establishment offers Michelin-starred food for dinner or a decadent afternoon tea session, all within a stunning, brilliantly decorated artistic haven designed by British artist, David Shrigley. Every corner of this place is completely Instagram worthy!
If you do not have time for dinner, I would highly recommend the afternoon high tea. It was the one of the highlights of my London trip! Your experience starts with caviar and a quail egg and only elevates from there as you enjoy an assortment of tea sandwiches, enchanting tea, and mouthwatering deserts, all while basking in the ambiance of pink décor and eclectic art. It is PERFECT!
If you go, don’t forget to visit the futuristic bathroom; you’re in for a surprise! And remember, dress “Art Smart”, which according to Sketch’s visitor information is “…with a sense of style and character.”
9 Conduit St
W1S 2XG, UK
+44 (0) 20 7659 4500
2. Sky Garden
After afternoon tea, I would highly recommend visiting Sky Garden for a fantastic panoramic view of the City of London. The space is absolutely breathtaking and surprisingly Zen as you are surrounded by an endless garden that decorates the entire space. This is a great place to unwind, take a stroll, or enjoy a cocktail while taking in the astonishing view.
Admission is completely free, but it is best to reserve tickets online before visiting to ensure your entry and reduce time waiting in line.
Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY London, UK
Telephone: +44 20 7337 2344
3. Borough Market
Adjacent to the London Bridge is the bustling Borough Market, home of British and international produce and cuisine. Here you will find an endless array of delicious food options, a food lovers mecca. As you walk through the energetic crowd all of your senses are continuously tantalized by the aromatic atmosphere of street food toying at your nose, the vibrant and eccentric produce that catches your sight, and the fun culinary trinkets that you find are the perfect gift for your loved one at home.
The Borough Market is always packed with people, all with the same goal of experiencing London’s most authentic food spaces. You can find food from any culture; this is a great time to open you pallet to new cuisines! This is definitely one of London’s most noteworthy markets. Make a day of it, only a few miles away you can visit the renown Tate Modern Museum or visit The Shard, the 95-story skyscraper that offers a 360 view of London.
Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK
Open: Monday- Saturday (hours vary)
Best Days to go: Wednesday or Saturday
4. Camden Market
Camden Market is definitely one of the most popular markets in London as it attracts a crowd of 100,000 people each weekend. This place is popping! There are over 1000 shops and stalls, and TONS of places to grab food or a drink. This is a one-stop-shop for everything you can think of: amazing street food, tasty beers, retro shops, unique clothing boutiques, souvenir stands, and anything else you can think of. Your London trip is not complete until you spend some time exploring all the fun Camden Market has to offer. The best part are the outdoor patio bars. Grab a drink, people watch, bask in the sun (if you’re lucky), and enjoy the loud music over the speakers; it’s a great time!
Also, hidden in the streets of Camden Town are original works of Banksy!
5. Primrose Hill
Everyone knows about the world-famous Hyde Park in central London, with its 350 acres of rich greenery, making it the largest Royal Park in London. However, many people overlook the stunning beauty of the parks outside of the Royal eight parks. One of the best parks in London, located the north side of Regent’s park, is Primrose Hill, a hidden gem! The park offers a gorgeous 360°-degree, panoramic view of London! It is the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and bathe in the quiet, serene ambiance that the hill provides. It is only a quick stroll away from Camden Town; quite a nice stroll if you walk along the canal, and you enter an emerald oasis.