May 20, 2022
Spice up your social media feed with these gorgeous, photogenic locations set in one of London’s best-known neighbourhoods.
Some locations just work. You know them as soon as you see them: the cute façade, the stunning interior, the jaw-dropping natural attraction.
These are the spots that make an Instagram feed sparkle, the locations where you can’t fail to get that perfect shot. And London’s swanky Kensington neighbourhood has no shortage of gorgeous locales.
Not only is this the home of Fraser Suites Kensington, an Insta-worthy attraction in its own right, it’s also the part of London in which you’ll find Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace, and the most picture-perfect streets you are ever likely to point an iPhone at.From your base at Fraser Suites, this is where to wander for the ideal photo.
Just a 10-minute walk east from Fraser Suites Kensington lies the magnificent V&A Museum, dedicated to art and design. Though the building’s façade is impressive, head inside to find the best locations for photography.
Take, for example, the Gamble Room, a stunning space – that now functions as a café – opened in 1868, with walls and large columns covered in ceramic tiles. Try the Cast Courts, too, beautiful rooms littered with sculptural casts.
The Poynter Room, also a dining area, is another amazing, classical backdrop featuring glazed ceramics and stained-glass windows. Or, try a few photos in any of the museum’s numerous corridors and hallways.
Address: Cromwell Rd, SW7
One of Kensington’s finest pubs is also one of its most Instagrammable locations. Though the Churchill Arms – a five-minute cab ride from Fraser Suites Kensington – is a great place for a pint and a meal and to soak up the history of the Churchill family, the real attraction for budding photographers is the pub’s façade: the 18th-century building is covered in flower displays, making for a riot of colour well worth capturing.
Address: 119 Kensington Church St, W8
Of course, if you’re staying at Fraser Suites Kensington, then you have the perfect photo opportunity at your literal doorstep. The façade of these luxury serviced apartments is pure Kensington glamour, a Victorian residence that oozes class.
On a sunny day the white of the building’s exterior provides the perfect contrast to the blue sky, and there are few better photo locations.
Address: 75 Stanhope Gardens, SW7
Take a 10-minute stroll north from Fraser Suites Kensington and you will find yourself in one of London’s most famous green spaces, Kensington Gardens. There are essentially innumerable locations for Insta-friendly photography here, from the outside of Kensington Palace to the banks of the Serpentine River, the Peter Pan statue, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, and so much more.
Address: London W2
There’s one particular photo that you just have to get at London’s Natural History Museum, a five-minute walk from Fraser Suites Kensington.
The photo can be taken from a walkway set high up above Hintze Hall, from where the photographer gazes down not just at a beautiful room surrounded by myriad stone archways and stained-glass windows, but also at the full length of the museum’s famous skeleton of a blue whale that hangs from the ceiling.
Arrive at the right time – around twilight on a sunny day – and the colours are incredible, the photo iconic.
Address: Cromwell Road, SW7
We finish with absolute Kensington perfection, the sort of location only London, and only this part of London, charming and historic, could give you: Kynance Mews.
Five minutes’ walk north of Fraser Suites Kensington, Kynance Mews is a slice of utterly gorgeous Instagram fodder, a narrow, cobbled lane with ivy-covered stone archways at either end.
Visit in autumn, when the leaves turn red, for an even more dramatic shot - it’s unlikely you will be the only person here snapping a few photos for the ‘Gram, but it’s the final result that matters, and this location is well worth the wait.
Address: Kynance Mews, SW7