If you’re wondering where people get all those cute photos of pink houses around London then look no further! After a lot of research and a lot of walking I found some of the best places in and around Chelsea to get your Instagram fix.
My Insta-adventures are in their infancy so I hope to add more areas of London as I find them. By keeping the locations to specific areas it means you can visit all of them in a couple of hours on foot and then get on with your day. I’d love to hear in the comments if you think there are places in Chelsea that I’ve missed.
The spots outlined in this post take about an hour to walk between so with all the photos and a bit of extra exploring you should allow 2 to 2.5 hours. I recommend starting just before 9am so you can visit everywhere before it gets busy and you’ll be done in time for lunch!
If you’d like to find the most Instagrammable London bars, cafes and restaurants then you should also check out my post on the topic here.
I’ve called this an autumn walk because there are a few places where you get some great red foliage around October / November but it would be no less pretty or Instagrammable any other time of year. Photos are filtered unless described otherwise.
Autumn Chelsea Instagram walk itinerary
- Tomtom Coffee House, Ebury Street
- Peggy Porschen Belgravia, Ebury Street
- The Thomas Cubitt Pub, Elizabeth Street
- Smith Terrace – multi coloured houses
- Coulson Street – pink house
- Bywater street – multi coloured houses
- Markham Street – multi coloured houses
- Peggy Porschen Chelsea, The King’s Road
- My Old Dutch, The King’s Road
- Glebe Place – Turner Studios, folly, pink house, cottage
- Burnsall Street – multi coloured houses
- Mallord Street – pretty houses
- Cameron Vale School – ivy covered house
- The Vale – half timber house
- Blakes Hotel, Roland Gardens
- Brechin Place – purple house
- Fait Maison, Gloucester Road
- Kynance Mews
Autumn Instagram map
You can do this walk in either direction but I recommend starting at Sloane Square station and walking up to Kynance Mews where you can hop onto the tube at Gloucester Road for your next destination. This is because Peggy Porschen Belgravia opens earliest (not according to their website but it was open at 9am Saturday when I was there!) so it’s best to get there while it’s empty to get photos of the front. I’ve put the rough walk route on the map below but not all the locations will fit so consult the map above for the full list.
Tomtom Coffee House, Ebury Street
Less than 10 minutes walk east from Sloane Square tube station you’ll find Tomtom Coffee House just opposite Peggy Porschen. It was sporting some snazzy autumn foliage when I visited.
Peggy Porschen Belgravia, Ebury Street
An Instagram icon, Peggy Porschen sports a pink pumpkin patch display outside in the autumn months. Come early to miss the crowds and to get a seat if you want to stick around for some cake.
An unexpected find on my walk was this charming looking pub. I didn’t go in but it makes for a cute photo.
Smith Terrace – multi coloured houses
Smith Terrace is one of the many Chelsea Streets sporting a range of multi coloured facades. These are all fairly muted pastels so unless there’s bright sunshine out or you apply some serious filters, these aren’t the most impression of the colourful houses. The narrow paths also make it hard to take shots without the cars in the foreground.
Coulson Street – pink house
A solitary pink house makes Coulson Street an Insta-landmark. It’s such a minor detour off the Kings Road that it’s silly to miss it.
Bywater street – multi coloured houses
This is the best of the colourful streets I’ve found (although I’ve seen some more impressive ones on Instagram in Notting Hill that I’ve not visited). There are some lovely pink and lilac houses and it’s fairly easy to get a photo avoiding the cars. It’s right off the King’s Road so very easy to find.
Markham Street – multi coloured houses
I stumbled on this by accident, once again just off the King’s Road. You can’t see it’s full of colourful houses from Google Street View – it must have been a recent thing. But now there are a few different coloured houses. They’re not the brightest, so won’t look amazing unless it’s a sunny day or you use some filters (similar to Smith Terrace) but they’re definitely worth a look.
Disappointingly there was not floral display outside The Ivy when I walked past – it is usually covered (which you’ll see if you Google image search it). But the building itself, an old pub, it’s still extremely pretty.
Peggy Porschen Chelsea, The King’s Road
I thought there would be different displays outside each Peggy Porschen, which is why I visited both, but unfortunately this display was almost identical to the ‘pumpkin patch’ display at Belgravia.
It’s still worth coming because you’ll walk right past it anyway heading into Glebe Place and because I noticed that the pancake place next door, My Old Dutch is also very cute.
My Old Dutch, The King’s Road
I haven’t been in here yet but it’s on my list. The frontage itself is cute but peering through the window I could see a beautiful interior with tulips hanging from the ceiling. Definitely a good spot for a mid morning break (I think it opens at 10am).
Glebe Place – Turner Studios, folly, pink house, old nursery
I headed down this street as I could see that Insta holy grail of a pink house from the top of the street…it turned out there was much more than just the pink house. Turner used numbers 68 and 69 as studios and they’re now white buildings with lovely bright pink doors.
Number 50 looks like a sprawling Victorian villa but was in fact built in the 1980s as a folly, but makes for an excellent photo. There’s also a very cute cottage at number 51 (now Chelsea Open Air Nursery) which as far as I can gather from my research was built in the early 18th century.
The street has been home to a number of artists over the years including Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Burnsall Street – multi coloured houses
Another accidental find! There’s a stunning yellow house and also a bright blue one at the bottom of the street, which it’s easy to get a clear shot of courtesy of some double yellow lines. Also just off the King’s Road.
Mallord Street – pretty houses
If I won the lottery I’d probably seriously consider living here. I didn’t even realise there were such cute houses in central London. No 7 is especially cute but it’s generally a very pretty street to explore.
Cameron Vale School – ivy covered house
At the end of Mallord Street you come to the junction with The Vale where you’ll find the Cameron Vale School which is covered in flame red ivy this time of year.
The Vale – half timber house
Across from Cameron Vale School you’ll see a rather unusual half timbered house. I’m not sure what its story is but it makes a nice withy halloween time picture.
Blakes Hotel, Roland Gardens
Another place I didn’t’ know existed! I literally came around the corner to find this glorious black building. It would make an amazing background for some shots in a colourful dress.
Brechin Place – purple house
I didn’t take a photo of this but at number 32 you’ll find a big Victorian terrace painted dark purple.
Fait Maison, Gloucester Road
Another pretty, flower strewn cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating.
This is perhaps one of the most iconic London autumn Instagram locations where fire red plants tumble down a house and the archway into the mews. Make sure you also explore the other side of the mews across the road.
This is a quiet residential area so remember to be respectful when taking pictures. You are about a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube here so can easily get back to the Circle / District or Piccadilly lines.