When Janine Gutierrez finally traveled to London for the first time last week, she didn’t know what to expect. “I’ve never been to London, so I psyched myself up on the plane by marathoning Harry Potter films!” Janine laughs. The 29-year-old model and actress had the privilege of experiencing the city during the launch of Jo Malone London’s Brilliant Blossoms, a new collection of refreshing fragrances perfect for spring and summer.
As soon she set foot in the city, it was love at first sight. “Every corner was picture-perfect, beautiful, and enchanting," Janine says. "It's better than I'd imagined."
While nearly every nook and cranny of London is worth photographing, here are Janine’s top picks for where to take an IG photo—just in case you find yourself in the English capital one day.
1. Buckingham Palace
“What's more IG-worthy than a palace?” Janine quips. “I’m a huge fan of The Crown, the Netflix series. Ever since I got obsessed with that show, I wanted to visit the places featured. I asked the Jo Malone London team if I could drop by Buckingham Palace, and we did. It’s even more majestic in person!” Her photo tip? “Shoot from the left or right corner [of the palace] to get everything in one frame.” For Janine, however, it isn’t all just about sightseeing. History makes the place more special. “I like googling historical sites like this,” Janine shares. “It enriches your travel experience even more.”
2. Rosewood London
A fan of old architecture and exquisite buildings, Janine admits that Rosewood London is a must-see. “This hotel is so beautiful. It looks like a small palace, and the facade is breathtaking.” She points out, ”They have a really nice marble staircase you can’t miss, and you should take a photo there. If you’re staying the night, the windows of the rooms are also very beautiful, so snap a selfie with it!”
3. Sketch London
Never underestimate the power of a pink cafe to reel in the double-taps. “It was all pink! And the food is also IG-worthy, especially with [a glass of] rosé,” Janine shares.
4. Brasserie of Light
“This is one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever been to,” Janine admits. “The interiors are retro, chic, and decadent!” She advises, “Take a photo of the bar. There’s also a mirror installation and a pegasus installation—they’re so massive that you need to go to the corner to take a full shot.” Plus, Brasserie of Light’s bathrooms are perfect for selfies, according to Janine. “It was pink marble!”
5. St. James Park
Right outside Buckingham Palace, St. James Park offers a lovely stroll, especially in springtime when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. “There are also swans and pelicans you can take photos of,” Janine adds.