Looking for somewhere to eat where the surroundings are just as appetizing 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…
A Narnia-style hub of 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.
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.
We have London-based designer Martin Brudnizki to thank for the interior dream that is Annabel’s. The iconic members club re-opened last year 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.
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.
Everyone knows flower walls were designed for Instagram feeds, and Restaurant Ours is well-equipped on that front. But the most mesmerizing 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.
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.
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.
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 their award-winning afternoon tea, camera at the ready.
Named after Virginia Woolf’s famous character Mrs Dalloway, the balcony at the Bloomsbury Hotel’s Dalloway Terrace is picture-perfect. Covered and heated, it’s a popular spot year-round, with décor changing along with the seasons – this autumn, it’s been adorned with an abundance of gold-coated leaves and festooned with shimmering brushed gold butterflies courtesy of London florists Wild at Heart.
Whatever the season, us Londoners can’t seem to get enough of Coppa Club’s riverside igloos. This summer they were given a tropical makeover, transforming into surfer shacks set against a backdrop of tropical plants and surfboards. But perhaps even more magical is their winter style: think twinkling lights, sheepskin rugs and fluffy blankets – hygge in a picture. 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.