A round up of some of London’s very Instagrammable cafés I visited this fall!
Being a lover of all things food and photography and to not to forget to mention my obsessive relationship Instagram, nothing makes me more happy than an Instagrammable café! Eye-catching facades, chic interiors, beautifully plated food – London has every dream of an Instagrammer covered.
Having travelled solo, I also got a chance to test the staff’s photo taking skills! And I have to say, they’ve thought of that too. My pictures were good enough to make it to my feed, and the staff also quipped in with suggestions for the best photo-op spots and most flattering angles!
There are many more cafés I would have liked to visit and include in this list, but alas, my trip to London could only be that long! However, these are a nice mix of the obvious, the under-explored and the iconic! You could easily include all in your next London itinerary.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
A modern all-day British brasserie and bar that boasts of a beautifully designed café and bar with a greenhouse you’d want to move in to! The menu is simple yet imaginative, with a strong focus on celebrating British produce and ingredients. Cheerful and easy, yet classy vibes shine through Bourne & Hollingsworth’s interiors and food.
It’s a lovely spot to work out of. I took my laptop and spent the day there editing some photos. If your vacations are a little more cushioned, you can take a book and lose yourself there. There’s enough delicious food and drink to keep you going for hours. I’m salivating thinking of the parsnip soup I had. Drool!
Pink might be my least favourite colour, but I still couldn’t resist the charm of Élan. It’s über feminine with it’s floral facade and Barbie colour palette which explains why you will mostly find women bloggers here with their Instagram husbands or photographers. I take a seat and wait to watch if these women actually eat anything they photograph! Their dress sizes definitely don’t match their orders at Élan. But it is hard to maintain any diet vows once you walk in and look at the elaborate parade of sandwiches and perfect-looking pastries on the counters. I decide that I’m on holiday and allow myself to have one thing. The raspberry croissant makes for an attractive and perfect companion for my cappuccino and I’m not disappointed. I would definitely go back for a cuppa and a sweet something because one visit doesn’t cut it for the amount of photo opportunities Élan presents.
I stumbled upon this little gem tucked away in a lane away from the central black hole of Covent Garden. It’s a small, cozy Australian style café that is largely occupied by a community table. Locals can be spotted grabbing a quick lunch or tourists like me having a lazy and indulgent brunch with the company of some arty magazines picked up from the rack. At Abuelo, they seem to welcome all equally.
Inspite of the warm interiors and friendly service, my favourite part about Abuelo is the attention to the food! They serve good speciality coffees and some incredible café food that’s made using ethically sourced ingredients that are mostly organic.
I had one of their signature toasts and a matcha latte. My toast was generously loaded with ricotta, peaches and honey. I couldn’t get enough! Serious @foodporn worthy stuff here!
Coffee, cake and a giant pink, floral facade is what Peggy Porschen offers. And with a formula as simple as that, has managed to become one of the most popular cafés of its style in London. (There are far too many cafés in London adorning the floral theme to keep count of!) Everyone at Peggy seems to have a similar agenda: click a picture with the decorated facade and then move on to acing the perfect flatly of their coffee and cake order. The decor changes every season so as to attract bloggers and tourists back. And of course, they add a few specials to the menu too. Since I visited in fall, I had the pumpkin pie spiced cupcake which was delicious.
Breakfast at The Wolseley on London’s iconic Piccadilly has got to be a must-do when in London! One of London’s most respected café-restaurants, The Wolseley dishes up fantastic classic breakfast food in its large Art Deco style room that makes eating breakfast the most glamorous thing you might have done in a long time.
Be prepared to wait a while for a table though. I waited for for about 45 minutes on a crisp Saturday morning., indulged myself in a stroll around the block and came back. It was definitely worth it. Pancakes, avo toast, eggs of every kind and good coffee. The classics without much fuss; just a lot of class.
I hope this list helps make your next trip to London a little more grammable! And I hope you discover some more cafés and share them with me. x