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London’s Most Instagrammable Restaurants

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Crystal-encrusted statues, rose ceilings and retro walkways: these restaurants deserve a spot on your feed

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Looking for places to eat where the interiors are just as appetising as the food? From the glitzy Sexy Fish to the impossibly chic Bourne & Hollingsworth, London is brimming with snap-worthy dining spots. Here’s our pick of the most Instagrammable restaurants in town.

Instagrammable Restaurants in London

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Decimo The Standard

Decimo 

The curvature of the floor-to-ceiling windows of this intimate, exciting restaurant on the tenth floor of the Standard Hotel has you raptured as you peek out across the light-dazzled city sky to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard to the south and the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel just across the road – every side needs examining. The roaring fires only add to the warm glow of Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ first London outpost, which is enhanced by sexy lighting, deep banquettes and the gold and reddish hue emanating from the interiors. The bathrooms too are up there with the most exciting in the city. Your camera can be firmly trained on the food – daring, delicious, stunningly conceived by the Michelin-starred chef who mixes up Spanish and Mexican dishes with flawless flair (the pork ribs with mole glaze is a standout).. ‘This is the perfect place to conduct an affair,’ quoted one diner…. We promise we won’t tell anyone.

10 Argyle Street London WC1H 8EG

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interior view of Isabel Mayfair restaurant in London with lights in the ceiling

Isabel Mayfair

With its gold-fabric lined walls, mirrored ebony bar and polished brass lamps adorning the ceiling, Mayfair hotspot Isabel is certainly a feast for the eyes. Opened in 2017 by Chilean banker turned restaurateur Juan Santa Cruz, it’s the sister venture to the glossy Casa Cruz in Notting Hill, designed as a more feminine counterpart – the name apparently a tribute to Santa Cruz’s grandmother. Venture down a wooden hallway to find the gilded dining room, which is decked out in a mix of Art Deco and Chinoiserie décor and filled with suitably well-heeled diners – who glow even more than usual under the light of 300 overhead lamps, designed to enhance skin tones. Perhaps the most Instagram-friendly of all, though, are the bathrooms, with each loo featuring hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay. Check out our full review here.

26 Albemarle St, London W1S 4HY; isabelw1.london

NoMad London

The NoMad Restaurant

Causing a stir in Bow is the first London outpost from New York’s buzzy NoMad Hotels group, located in a former Magistrates Court. Its piece de resistance? The soaring three-story glass-roofed atrium, which serves as the hotel’s restaurant, and will no doubt continue to pop up on many Instagram feeds this season. Luckily it’s not all style over substance though, with an eclectic menu that blends comfort with decadence. Check out our full review here.

28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW; thenomadhotel.com

Gloria

Gloria

Brightening up Great Eastern Street with its sunny yellow façade is Gloria: the decadent, over-the-top Italian trattoria from Parisian powerhouse Big Mamma Group. If you haven’t been yet you’ll most likely have seen it on your Instagram feed: the interiors – courtesy of Studio Kiki – were designed to be photographed. With its pinstripe upholstery, marble table tops and gilded light fixtures, Gloria takes diners back to 1970s Capri. The food, meanwhile, is a sight for the eyes as well as the taste buds: the carbonara sharing dish, for instance, comes served in a wheel of parmesan.

54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR; bigmammagroup.com

Sketch

Sketch

A Narnia-style hub of Instagrammable restaurants, bars and art on Mayfair’s Conduit Street, sketch is a dining emporium like no other. Dreamed up by restauranteur Mourad Mazouz, it’s made up of four uniquely designed restaurants and a bar which sits beneath the pod-style toilets – most likely the most photographed bathroom in the city. Other famous snap spots include the pastel pink Gallery with David Shrigley artwork adorning the walls, and the Swarovski-encrusted bathroom: Instagram gold.

9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG; sketch.london

Sexy Fish

Sexy Fish

Arguably the city’s most flamboyant restaurant, Richard Caring’s Sexy Fish is a sight to behold. Apparently it cost £15 million to produce – which won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has stepped inside. With bronze Damien Hirst-designed bronze mermaids adorning the bar, a coral reef ceiling, a giant gold-plated crocodile on display and walls running with water, the space feels like some kind of mystical, underwater-inspired wonderland. And to take things even further, the private dining room boasts its own real-life aquarium.

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR; sexyfish.com

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Milk Beach

Sydney is renowned for its breezy café culture, which Elliot Milne has brought to London with Queen’s Park hotspot Milk Beach. Perched on a cobbled mews street, with a jazzy exterior and plants flanking the entrance, it’s Instagram material even from the outside. Inside is equally cool: all pale wood, whitewashed walls and natural woven lampshades, with an Australian-inspired menu serving food from breakfast through to dinner. Don’t miss the new Soho outpost, too.

19-21 Lonsdale Rd, London NW6 6RA; milkbeach.com

Annabels Ladies Powder Room

Annabel’s

We have London-based designer Martin Brudnizki to thank for the interior dream that is Annabel’s. The iconic members club re-opened in 2019 following a revamp, with a glitzy new design theme which draws on surrealism and eccentricity – Brudnizki describes it as ‘like falling down the rabbit hole.’ Vying with Sketch for the award of London’s most beautiful bathroom is the rose-hued pink powder room, complete with floral wallpaper, pink onyx shell shaped sinks with gold swan taps and a pink silk rose ceiling. Elsewhere, a bespoke chandelier installation festooned with unicorn and monkeys swoops through several floors.

46 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AT; annabels.co.uk

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings interior

Bourne & Hollingsworth

Green-fingered diners will love the leafy vibe at Bourne & Hollingsworth, a bright and airy dining room tucked away in Clerkenwell. From the dishes to the décor, everything here is waiting to be photographed. Interiors have a minimalist yet vibrant vibe, with whitewashed walls, antique furniture, tropical upholstery and foliage aplenty.

42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU; bourneandhollingsworth.com

Restaurant Ours

Restaurant Ours

Everyone knows flower walls were designed for Instagram feeds, and Restaurant Ours is well-equipped on that front. But the most mesmerising space here is in fact the entrance: a catwalk-inspired, flower-bedecked, lit-up walkway which seems to stretch back for miles. Once inside, you’ll be met with ‘outside inside’ interiors, with fairy-lit trees, a living plant wall and tropical bathrooms.

264 Brompton Rd, South Kensington, London SW3 2AS; restaurantours.com

Earth Hour at Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light

Selfridges’ all-day restaurant Brasserie of Light stays true to its name. Illuminated by glowing orbs, the centre-piece is a 24ft crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus by Damien Hirst, which soars over diners with its colossal 30-ft-wings outstretched – Hirst’s largest piece of artwork in London to date. Another of Martin Brudnizki’s projects, the restaurant was created as the final part of the department store’s £300 million investment in its London flagship. It was one of the most talked about openings of 2018, and most likely one of the most photographed too.

400 Oxford St, Duke St, London W1A 1AB; brasserie-of-light.co.uk

Best Places to Propose in London - Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore

With its canopy of blossoms, twinkling lights and cosy fireplace, it’s no surprise Clos Maggiore is often billed as the most romantic restaurant in London. Whether you’re sitting in the glass-roofed conservatory or the wood-panelled restaurant, you’ll struggle to resist getting some snaps for the gram.

33 King St, London WC2E 8JD; closmaggiore.com

The Landmark London

Winter Garden at The Landmark London

Stepping inside Marylebone hotel The Landmark London feels like entering a huge, luxurious greenhouse. An eight-storey glass-roofed atrium with towering palm trees and marble galore, the Winter Garden is designed to dazzle, with interiors a cross between glamorous Dubai and traditional Britain. Go for its award-winning afternoon tea, camera at the ready.

The Landmark London, 222 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 6JQ; landmarklondon.co.uk

Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace

Another big name when it comes to Instagrammable restaurants is the beautiful Dalloway Terrace. Named after Virginia Woolf’s famous character Mrs Dalloway, the balcony at the Bloomsbury Hotel’s al fresco restaurant and bar is picture-perfect. Covered and heated, it’s a popular spot year-round, with décor changing along with the seasons. The terrace is now available to book exclusively too, the perfect secluded outdoor space for small events and missed celebrations.

16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com

Coppa Club

Coppa Club

Whatever the season, us Londoners can’t seem to get enough of Coppa Club’s riverside igloos. In summer they’re plant-filled, tropical-inspired spots; in winter cosy hangouts with sheepskin rugs and fairy lights. Go on a clear night for optimum Insta-worthy snaps of the igloos in their prime, sparkling against the night sky with Tower Bridge as a backdrop.

3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk

Linnaean

Linnaean

South London’s answer to Instagrammable restaurants is Linnaean: a health-focused café, apothecary and beauty salon named after Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus. Located in the heart of London’s Embassy Gardens, Linnaean is a beautiful space, with a very Instagram-friendly flower ceiling, hanging lights and pastel pink bar seats, alongside an equally pretty – and delicious – food offering. Afterwards, pop into the salon for a treatment for a long-awaited self-care day.

Embassy Gardens, 2 New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AX; linnaean.co.uk