When people come to see me in London, I always panic a little. Of course, there’s the excitement of getting to spend quality time with some of my favourite human beings. But at the same time, there is the (probably self-imposed) pressure of making sure they have an awesome weekend.
Over the years, I’ve created a steady supply of ‘London stuff that usually does the trick’. Think Camden Town for those who love to roam over quirky markets and check out street art, Angel for the cutest Afghan restaurant and some great pubs, and an improvised walk around Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Westminster for first-timers.
One of my personal favourites I want to chat about today though, is Notting Hill. For me, it will probably forever be the dreamiest area of London; full of colour, flowers and hidden mews. There’s Portobello Road of course, a must for everyone visiting London, but the best part of Notting Hill is off that (super long) main street.
It was with my friend Andrei that I discovered the ‘real’ Notting Hill a few weeks ago. We both love to stroll around cities following our curiosity and that’s exactly what we did on that sunny Friday afternoon. Our itinerary was pretty random, since we literally just went wherever we felt like (those are the best walks though right?!), but I’ll try to keep it as clear as possible for you.
An Off-Trail Stroll
We started off at Notting Hill Gate tube station and walked onto Portobello Road, nothing too complicated so far 🙂 We kept strolling until we got to this cool looking place:
That’s when we decided to turn right, onto Lancaster Road. When we walked past Basing Street, one of us turned our head and happened to spy this mural:
Onwards we went, until we got to one of the cutest pockets I’ve come across in London: All Saints Road. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea:
After a short photo break, we turned right again on All Saints Road and stumbled upon the dreamiest of mews: St. Lukes Mews.
Still dreaming of having our own little mews house one day (house goals!), we continued on All Saints Road and then turned right on Westbourne Park Road. While upping our daily step count quite a bit, we walked all the way down to Ladbroke Grove where we took a left. Now I have to be honest here, this wasn’t the most interesting part of our afternoon stroll, so if you can take a different route I suggest you go for it. Anyhow, we chatted our way through Ladbroke Grove until we came across Ladbroke Walk:
From there, it’s not too far to Holland Park – one of my favourite London parks – which is where we ended our exploring session with a well-deserved bottle of water (we’d hoped for an ice cold beer, but alas).
Have you been to Notting Hill before and if so, what was your favourite part of it?
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Notting Hill, nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate (Central Line).