8 Hot Spots That Are Instagram Gold

We admit to a mild Instagram obsession. The main thing feeding our addiction: the must-visit spots we discover through all those photos. Whenever this writer “likes” a selfie, it’s usually due to the ingenious location rather than the happy face smiling before it. There are only so many double-decker buses, views from the London Eye, and Waterloo Bridge sunset shots a Londoner can take.
Instead, it’s time to step off the beaten track and snap away at the London backdrops that are not only a pleasure to visit, but 24-carat Instagram gold. So, charge up your phone and take to the streets with our guide to the ultimate Insta-worthy haunts. Ahead: the brunch destination with the best mirrored bathroom this side of Palm Springs, an Art Deco hotel entrance made for martinis, a lift that transports you to outer space, and more. Are you ready for your close-up?

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Photo: Courtesy of Gods Own Junkyard.
Gods Own Junkyard
Neon signs are always a surefire hit. And, Chris Bracey is London's go-to man for fluorescent signs a cut above for the rest. For more than 37 years, Bracey has created works for some of fashion's leading lights, including David LaChapelle, David Bowie, and British Vogue. His collection of new and vintage pieces can be viewed (and snapped) at Gods Own Junkyard in Walthamstow. Or, you can view a smaller selection at Selfridges.

Gods Own Junkyard, Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London, E7 9HQ; +44 (0) 208 520 8066.
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Photo: Courtesy of Berners Tavern.
Berners Tavern
We’d quite like our living room to look like Berners Tavern. But, until that miraculously happens, we’ll have to rely on our surreptitious snaps in front of the restaurant’s numerous paintings.

Berners Tavern, The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LF; +44 (0) 207 908 7979.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tate Britain.
Tate Britain
As much as we love Tate Modern and are happy to queue up for its show-stopping exhibitions (hello, Matisse!), there is a small place in our heart for its older sister, Tate Britain. The gallery is home to Late At Tate Britain, a late-night series that allows you to drink as you peruse the artwork, but its permanent displays are well worth a visit, too. Before you head into the venue's airy exhibition spaces, take a snap against its elegant, classical exterior. So beautiful.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG; +44 (0) 207 887 8888.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nopi.
We cannot recommend brunch at NOPI Soho more highly. We sometimes find ourselves dreaming about its scrambled-eggs-and-smoked-salmon combo. But, the real reason we first visited the place: its bathroom. As soon as we started seeing the multi-mirrored lavatory on our social feeds, we knew had to go there. And, sure enough, the dazzling restroom is pure eye candy — even if finding the exit door is a bit tricky.

NOPI Soho, 21-22 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NE: +44 (0) 207 494 9584.
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Photo: REX USA.
Hungerford Bridge
London's skyline is breathtaking, and one of the best places to see it is over the river on the Hungerford Bridge. It's one of the most romantic places to watch the sun set over the city; we've lost count of the number of marriage proposals we've witnessed while strolling across. The next time you're hotfooting it over to the National or BFI, make sure to sneak a pic of yourself against the cityscape.

Hungerford Bridge, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5DJ.
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Photo: Courtesy of Claridge's.
Claridge's Hotel
Walking through Claridge's black-and-white tiled hallway to explore the beautifully preserved Art Deco interior is like taking a step back in time. Whether you're grabbing a cocktail with friends or afternoon tea with your S.O., don't forget to take a snap or three while you're there. This writer's most popular Instagram pic was taken atop the stairs with an incredible bird's-eye view of the hallway. But, then again, it would be difficult to find a bad angle for a photo in this iconic space.

Claridge's Hotel, 49 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR; +44 (0) 207 629 8860.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Sanderson Hotel.
Sanderson Hotel
Last year, our feeds were filled with shots taken inside Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room. Now, it’s all about the hologram lifts at the Sanderson Hotel. The darkly lit “space” elevators depict the solar system in all its glory. For once, we wouldn’t mind getting stuck between floors.

Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG; +44 (0) 207 300 1400.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Shard.
The Shard
London has plenty of gorgeous views, but none of the scenes at the city’s many rooftop bars can compare to the vistas from The View at The Shard. From the skyscraper’s 68th, 69th, and 72nd floors, you can admire the metropolis from every conceivable angle sprawling below for more than 40 miles. Now that’s a backdrop.

The Shard, St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RL; +44 (0) 844 499 7111.