What to wear to the UK’s most Instagram-worthy restaurants

Instagram has cast its influence on the way we live, look, shop, travel and of course, eat. However, it isn’t the healthy images of post-gym shakes and protein-focused meals that we are interested in. It is the fancy candle-lit dinners and melting chocolate puddings that really get our thumbs tapping. From bright and abstract dinner settings to a paired-back hidden gem, our world is obsessed with documenting mealtimes and the stylish places we can eat at.

Cultured foods, tastes and experiences all come into play when dining out, and we want to support your search for the best restaurant recommendations and what we would wear.

Sketch – London

what to wear to instagram-worthy restaurants


Tea for two? Sketch, London, is well renowned for its unconventional toilets,  pods and uniquely artistic take on restaurant dining. Offering a range of aesthetics, you can opt to dine in The Gallery, The Glade, The Parlour, The Lecture Room and Library or The East Bar and Pods. For a refined afternoon tea, head to the Parlour to be met with finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and your choice of tea, coffee or cocktail. A combination of the setting, food and interior design make for an enticing picture, sure to make any follower envious.

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The Sparrows – Manchester

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The Spärrows is a new hidden gem in Manchester, offering a modern continental restaurant with a great variety of handmade dumplings & pasta of European origin. Nestled under the railway arches in Manchester’s Green Quarter this low-key restaurant makes everything in-house and includes excellent pierogi. The focus on Eastern Europe carries through to the wine list, which has a leaning towards Polish wines.

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Ivy Asia – Manchester 

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Housed on the middle floor of the Ivy Restaurant, Ivy Asia is their delicious Asian fusion restaurant. Renowned for its bright green marble effect and pink floral toilets with a tall-standing statue in the centre, it is a favourite for a quick picture. Their food is just as picture-worthy as the restaurant, often full to the nines this is a great restaurant to bare in mind.

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Sessions Art Club – London

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Sessions Arts Club is an urban sanctuary that sits in the old judges’ dining room at Sessions House, a grand Grade II* listed building in Clerkenwell. The restaurant is surrounded by three terraces with fireplaces, a rooftop bar, and a garden. Built on a studio ethos, they are a restaurant, bar, art and performance space that moves and shifts with the seasons with a small but beautifully curated menu.

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Tattu – Leeds

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For some, an impromptu dinner out can cause all kinds of outfit stresses. What is the atmosphere going to be like? Is there a dress code? Tattu is an independent family-run business founded in 2015 by two brothers. The Tattu brand set out with a clear vision – to bring something unique and exciting to the UK culinary scene. Influenced by Chinese recipes, Tattu offers a unique experience of contemporary dining with plenty of photo opportunities and Instagram-worthy dishes.

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Story Cellar – London

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Founded by Tom Sellers, who left school at 15 to work with Keller, Redzepi, Aikens and the rest. Originally opened Story in Bermondsey in 2013, aged 26 and won two Michelin stars. Recently he opened up Story Cellar the more casual sister restaurant in Covent Garden. Swapping set menus for a brasserie built around serious wines, rotisserie chicken, grass-fed steaks and comforting classics. The cosy banquettes, the parquet floors, the curved countertop and the open kitchen with Parisian vibes are interrupted by a loudly eclectic pop-rock playlist and playful femme fatale art by the Connor brothers, whose work might be familiar to Story regulars.

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Words by Olivia Seed | Images courtesy of restaurant brands

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

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