Now that Brexit’s officially under way and the pound-to-dollar rate has tipped in Americans’ favor, it’s a great time to experience all the sprawling parks, lovely lilts, and raucous pubs the city has to offer. Take a look at the must-snap spots every London traveler should visit and start planning your trip!
1. Big Ben
Number of Hashtags: 2,507,622
The most popular London landmark on Instagram, Big Ben can’t be missed. Pose with one of the city’s famed red telephone booths for a truly iconic ‘gram.
2. London Eye
Number of Hashtags: 1,960,809
Even if you opt out of a ride on London’s 443-foot Ferris wheel, snap a pic from the street. Turn your HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting on to capture it in greater detail.
3. Hyde Park
Number of Hashtags: 1,350, 734
One of London’s largest and most beautiful parks, Hyde Park is the perfect place to frame your photo with some nature or wildlife. It’s also home to the majestic Kensington Palace, where Prince Harry resides.
Number of Hashtags: 1,309,503
This trendy East End district is full of creative energy. In fact, Shoreditch Street Art has 35,491 hashtags itself, creating the perfect backdrop for an OOTD (outfit of the day) post.
5. Tower Bridge
Number of Hashtags: 1,225,090
Because sometimes you just have to accept the London fog.
Between the Westminster (71,493 hashtags), Millennium (89,519 hashtags), and Waterloo (32,545 hashtags) bridges, there are plenty of options to choose from; but Tower Bridge — not to be confused with London Bridge — remains London’s favorite.
Number of Hashtags: 1,056,967
This luxury department store attracts millions of shoppers and tourists a year. It’s also the site of the world’s first food hall. Visit at night to get a pic of its twinkling lights.
7. Notting Hill
Number of Hashtags: 703,578
Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant may have taken Notting Hill to new heights in the 90s, but its colorful townhouses and vintage street market will keep this ‘hood en vogue for decades to come.
8. Buckingham Palace
Number of Hashtags: 613,183
If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the changing of the guard; even luckier, you’ll catch some royals.
9. The Shard
Number of Hashtags: 451,485
At 95 stories tall, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the fourth tallest in Europe. Use the vertical pano trick to make your shot extra special.
10. The Tate Modern
Number of Hashtags: 480,764
Get inspired to create some art of your own, right in your Instagram feed. You can also catch one of the most Insta-worthy views of London from the top of the museum.
Be sure to set time aside for Insta up-and-comers too. With its “millennial pink” decor, art-covered walls, and egg-shaped loos, sketch restaurant and gallery has caught the eye of almost every London foodie. The staircase and floor at Queens House make for interesting perspective pics and
Portobello Road, Regent Street, and Leadenhall Market (familiar to Harry Potter fans as Diagon Alley) are also major “like” bait. And don’t forget to take some shots as you site hop: the Tube has 61,817 hashtags and entire accounts dedicated to its underground beauty!
Refine your feed even further with our Instagram guide to Paris.