8 Instagrammable London Cafés and Cocktail Bars

Go where all the Influencers go.

By Megan McDonough

15 September 2018

In case your Insta feed isn’t full of runway photos, Fashion Week has come to London. In between shows, we won’t be surprised if our favorite bloggers slip into one of these 8 London cafés. Yes, it’s a go-to for a caffeine fix but these spots are also some of the most Instagrammable coffee shops around.

1. Peggy Porschen

This cute and cosy cafe opened in 2010 and let’s just say that Peggy Porschen was ahead of the game. The award-winning cake designer and author has one of the most decorative parlors in London Town. She and her team whip up freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, and layer cakes as well as blended teas. Before even stepping through the pale pink doors, you’re greeted to a rainbow display of flowers and one very decked out bicycle.

Peggy Porschen

2. Farm Girl

When in Notting Hill, Farm Girl is a must-see. As its name suggests, Farm Girltakes a holistic and healthy, yet comforting simple approach to Australian cafe culture. Everything is fresh and the environment is as warm as their breakfast treats. There’s also some really amazing tile work lining the walls, which you’ll see glimpses of on Instagram. If you consumed one too many cocktails the night before, this is a good place to detox.

Farm Girl

3. Elan Cafe

When Elan Cafe first opened in Mayfair, it became so popular that a second location was added (and a third is on the way). The menu is similar to what you might find at Peggy Porschen but, of course, the backdrop and props are different. Elan Cafe features a flower wall of white and pink roses along with plush pink chairs. Their Mayfair location can feel a little cramped, so try going during off-peak hours to grab one of their coveted tables.

Elan Cafe

4. Sketch

With a name like Sketch, you know art must be involved. The Michelin-starred restaurant is the brainchild of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnaire just as much care went into the decor, as the menu itself. ‘The Gallery’ is one of the most instagrammable spots for it’s pink furnishings but our favorite area is ‘The Glade’—it’s a re-imagined mythical forest. Take your time here, because there’s a lot to take in.


5. Palmed Vaults

This Hackney hotspot feels kind of like stepping into an age-appropriate version of My Little Pony. Their rainbow lattes are their most popular item on the menu, and food-wise, everything is vegetarian. Inside, there’s an abundance of plants, from succulents to potted plants hanging from the ceiling. If you’re hoping to catch up on emails here, it will have to be from your phone, as no laptops are allowed.

Palmed Vaults

6. Dalloway Terrace

We’ve written about Dalloway Terrace before, but it deserves a second shout-out. The outdoor terrace is a dream when the weather is right, and when it’s not, Dalloway pulls out all the stops: a retractable roof, heating, and blankets. There’s a flower wall as well, which is where many diners snap photos. Also Instagrammable are their cocktails, especially their St-Germain menu. If you can, make your visit to Dalloway a brunch date.

Dalloway Terrace

7. The Collins Room At The Berkeley

For a traditional high-tea experience, look no further than The Collins Room at The Berkeley. Their afternoon Prêt-à-Portea is inspired by the world of fashion, sweet treats modeled after the latest designer trends—think sponge cakes that look like handbags and bikini-shaped biscuits. Dessert comes in the form of a bite-sized ice-cream cone and scoop of sorbet that’s a perfect shade of pink.

The Collins Room at The Berkeley

8. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

If you’re looking for a different High Tea experience and (and if you’re not allergic to cats), snap some photos at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Cats are obviously the main attraction here, but the food is a close second. Choose among several menus, from sweet and savory plates and even a gluten-free plate. Cats wander around the two-storey place, and there are many sofas and bookcases arranged throughout the space.

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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