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London is full of fabulous restaurants, but in the age of Instagram, some of us are now looking for great food combined with equally great Instagram grid content. Thankfully, as we’ve gone beyond sharing photos of chilli-dipped smashed avocados on toast, restaurants across the capital have also been busy transforming once simple spaces into venues with bold backdrops, cascading flower arrangements and stunning table decorations. If delicious food and lush surroundings sound like your next ideal night out, keep scrolling for our roundup of some of London’s prettiest and most Instagram-worthy restaurants.
Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
With a talented in-house team of florists and the Covent Garden Flower Market next door, Petersham Nurseries never lacks fresh flowers and elegant table settings with their own collection of stunning Murano glass. Whether it’s a no-expenses-spared wedding or a simple lunch at their La Goccia restaurant with open kitchen, you can’t go wrong spending time in such a magical space.
Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Dalloway Terrace has undergone a wonderful upgrade this spring with its famous flower wall now overflowing with flowers, tulips and buttercups. Who says new season, also says new menu with a herbal snack composed of carrot cake with tarragon and cream cheese mousse and poached salmon and fresh cream on malted cocoa bread.
Chinese Park, Mayfair
After entering the 1930s Shanghai-inspired Mayfair restaurant, you are greeted by what can only be described as wall-to-wall opulence. Imagine luxury banquettes in glamorous red velvet, velvet curtain walls and tasseled lamps providing romantic lighting on the Salon de Chine floor. Perfectly complementing these interiors, the darker and more intimate Chinese Club on the ground floor has also recently introduced a new Dim Sum experience which runs from 1pm to 5pm every Saturday. In addition to a three-course menu, the special evening in the afternoon features aerial artists and fire numbers.
If you’ve ever documented Sketch’s iconic pink room, it’s time to come back and check out the Gallery Restaurant’s stunning sunshine-yellow makeover. Along with new yellow seating and copper walls, the restaurant also features 13 works of art celebrating African culture designed by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE.
No Fifty Cheyne, Chelsea
Overlooking the River Thames with views of Chelsea Embankment Gardens, this restaurant in Chelsea is a wonderfully charming spot that offers a series of rooms all individually decorated and full of character. Our favourite? The luxurious ruby red cocktail bar on the first floor of the restaurant – it’s like stepping straight into a classic movie set.
Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia
The Big Mamma Group understood the mission perfectly when it came to designing a restaurant that would be splashed all over Instagram. Not only will you snap photos of the interiors – lilac flowers hanging from the ceiling, twinkling fairy lights and countless liquor bottles lining the walls – but you’ll also get carried away as you smash your pastas, puddings and fancy cocktails at fish base.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
If the sun is shining, be sure to opt for a table outside in the sprawling Ivy Chelsea Garden where you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, calming water features and climbing flowers. Colorful patterned throw pillows adorn the iron chairs while pretty yellow umbrellas add to the cool, sunny vibe. This Mother’s Day, they’re also offering a limited-edition Floral Raspberry, Almond, and Pistachio Mother’s Day Macaroon that’s almost too pretty to eat.
Los Mochis, Notting Hill
You’ll feel instantly relaxed in this sophisticated Mexican/Japanese restaurant with its subtle mood lighting, exposed brickwork, warm woods and cognac leather seating. Faux shrubs and fairy lights hang from the ceiling while colorful artwork adds pops of color to the decor. In addition to the comfortable indoor space, Los Mochis also has a lovely patio, perfect for people-watching in the summer.
Mario Avenue, Covent Garden
Also part of the Big Mamma group, Ave Mario is another restaurant built with great Instagram photos in mind. It’s all plush red cubicles, striking black and white striped walls, and endless liquor bottles. Much like Circolo, expect to fill your camera roll with ridiculously fun cocktails and plates full of pasta.
Reservation Office 1869, King’s Cross
Influenced by the original 19th century St. Pancras ticket office, the unique space of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel blends old and new influences. Dark walls, vast vaulted ceilings, animal print chairs and towering palm trees create a truly unique and buzzing atmosphere. In addition to interiors, we imagine photos of Gallivanter Collins and Arrived On Time cocktails will also make their way to Instagram.
Whether you’re popping in for a quick coffee or something from their Latin street food brunch menu, Morena’s clean and sunny interiors will instantly put a smile on your face. With exposed brickwork, powder-pink upholstered booths, and wicker chairs, it’s hard not to feel temporarily transported to somewhere warm overseas. Instagram will also love the restaurant’s pastel-colored dishes, pineapple-shaped brass spoons and mahogany coasters.
Chotto Mat, Soho
As for the food at the Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant, the rave reviews are well-deserved, so it’s a bonus that Chotto Matte also nailed the vibes of the buzzing atmosphere. A dimly lit space, a fifteen meter long piece of street art runs along the side wall, while below you are greeted by a huge fluorescent mural.
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