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The 20 Most Instagrammed Places in London

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If aliens ever invaded the planet and deployed their anti-monument lasers, London would probably take them several weeks to get through. There are more iconic, selfie-worthy spots here than there are in some countries. And to see just which were the most selfie-worthy, we crunched the numbers, sifted through the data, and filtered through the filters to find the top 20 most Instagrammed spots in the city.

 

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20. The Victoria and Albert Museum

Instagramming the gorgeous stuff on show in here is almost cheating.

 

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19. Camden Town

No matter how much money pours in here, Camden still seems to be gentrification-proof, and we love it for that.

 

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18. Piccadilly Circus

This statue + acres of neon = Instagram gold.

 

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17. Oxford Street

If you don’t photograph your shopping trip, you might as well have not gone on it.

 

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16. The O2

Who knew that the (shudder) Millennium Dome would become one of the hottest places in London?

 

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15. The British Museum

Despite the 8 million artifacts (literally) in the collection, the ceiling is the most photographed part of this place.

 

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14. Hyde Park

The Serpentine, speakers corner, the memorials, the gigs... if anything, it’s surprising this place isn’t higher.

 

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13. Somerset House

Most of the Insta-fame this one gets comes in the winter, when the ice rink is out.

 

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12. Harrods

Depending on whether you go shopping there or not, this could be the most expensive photo you ever take.

 

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11. The Shard

Sure, the building itself is lovely. But it’s the view that’ll get your account knee-deep in likes.

 

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10. Buckingham Palace

Surely, of all the staff, visitors, and corgi handlers, someone is posting images from inside the house.


9. Covent Garden

Be warned: the human statues expect to be tipped for their Instagram fame.

 

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8. Borough Market

This is the closest this list gets to people posting pictures of their brunch.

 

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7. St. Paul's Cathedral

As beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

 

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6. Trafalgar Square

The column is nice and all, but when it comes to shooting photos, it’s alllll about the lions.

 

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5. The Tate Modern

That piece you love is a fire extinguisher.

 

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4. The Tower of London

People used to be beheaded here, now they only shoot each other.

 

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3. The London Eye

Once again, a very photogenic structure, but it’s London herself (seen from 350m) who steals the show.


2. Big Ben

Yes, we know it’s technically called the Elizabeth Tower after having been renamed from St Stephen’s Tower. Don’t be pedantic; it’s Big Ben.


1. Tower Bridge

Not only is this a pretty magnificent structure, it also has the benefit of not constantly collapsing in nursery rhymes.

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Jason Allen is a Thrillist editor who now plans to start an Instagram account and milk these spots for sweet, sweet, likes.