Westminster has so much to do, so much to see, and even more to Instagram.
It’s the home of Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, part of the River Thames, and much more. What’s more, it’s a great location because there are both free and paid activities depending on your budget.
Cameras at the ready!
St James Park
If your Instagram feed is fueled by nature and beautiful greenery from your own garden and hikes, head to St James Park.
The best photo opportunity? Take a soothing nature picture of the trees and their reflection in the lake during the summer.
The small lake has two tiny islands that you’re bound to enjoy, especially if you’re taking a walk with your pup. The park also hosts pelicans that hunt for fish in the afternoon near the Duck Island Cottage, meaning you might have some free entertainment, too. If you go to St James Park on a sunny afternoon, it’s definitely one of the best photo spots in London.
10 Downing Street
One of the most famous houses in London, 10 Downing Street is definitely an Instagrammable spot in Westminster.
As the home of the British Prime Minister, you could consider it one of the many luxury suites in London, but unlike rooms at the Montcalm Marble Arch, this residence isn’t available for bookings. Nonetheless, you can access it near St James Park and make a day of exploring in and around the area.
It’s more than 330 years old and built in a Georgian style. The building has over 100 rooms used for meetings with national leaders and government officials.
The Big Ben for A Big Picture
Don’t go to London without taking a look at Big Ben. It is big and glorious and, rest assured, will look tiny next to this significant stature. There’s a reason you can see this astronomical clock from even the furthest boroughs of London – it’s easy on the eyes and very tall. How tall? Let’s just say it’s taller than a Montcalm hotel, no doubt.
The Beatle’s Abbey Road Crossing
Regardless of your age, chances are that you have been privy to the infamous Beatles LP cover of Abbey Road. In case you didn’t already know, is was indeed taken on an Abbey Road crossing.
Recreate the Beatles moment for yourself by stopping off at this iconic location.
Interested in fun facts? The Westminster Council wanted to reduce the tourism on the crossing and announced that it had been moved for traffic management purposes 30 years ago. Since, an employee has come out that the statement was false and the street remains.
Picture Perfect Westminster Abbey
We couldn’t create a list of London’s most photogenic spots without Westminster Abbey.
Whether you pay the entry fee to go inside or enjoy the views from the exterior, this is where generations of royals have married and been crowned. If you want to learn more about Westminster Abbey, take a 90-minute private tour of the grounds.
It’s certainly worth it if you’re a history buff with a keen eye for pictures.
Secret Bunker of Westminster
You might not have heard of the secret bunkers in the area and, although it might not make the most obvious choice for a photo opportunity, it’s in our top picks.
The Churchill War Rooms are bunkers beneath the streets of Westminster, which were a secret during WWII. If you’re interested in learning even more about Churchill, you’re in luck! Just down the road is a Churchill museum where you can learn even more about the famous politician.
Side Streets of Westminster
A true Instagrammer (or photographer!) knows that the highlights are in the details.
With that in mind, check out the side streets of the Westminster area. The picturesque red brick houses are the perfect representation of London’s posh stereotype. Top tip: check out the streets of Westminster in the late afternoon or in the early morning for the best lighting.
If you’re interested in more recommendations, head to St. Johns Smith square if you like a little baroque flair and to Great College Street, Barton Street and Cowley Street for more picture-perfect scenes.
Westminster Cathedral and Bell Tower
While Westminster Cathedral isn’t free to enter, it definitely is worth a look.
For a mere £6, you can go up to the bell tower of the cathedral. Not only is it a great view, the air just feels a little different when you’re up in the sky. You have the option to hike up the seven floors or take a lift up to the beautiful view, your choice!
This view is the perfect vantage point for seeing luxury suites London, as well as parks and other major attractions.
This is the best area if you’re looking for great Instagram pictures, but also want something free to do. Check out Nelson’s Column, the Trafalgar Square fountains, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.
The fountain is by far the most photogenic piece in Trafalgar Square. We recommend you go there early in the morning when the summer sun is just beginning to light up the water for the best image.
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
In order to get a good look at Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, you need to be there about an hour before the session starts. Otherwise, you’ll probably be stuck with hundreds of snaps of the backs of peoples’ heads. But, if manage to make your way to the front, this will definitely one to make it on the highlight reel.
If you’re in the city for a few days and miss your chance on the first, don’t worry! It’s a daily event during the summer starting at 11:30 AM. In the winter, it’s an event that happens every other day, just make sure you bring a jumper and jacket.