Exploring Notting Hill

Last week, I dedicated much of a day to wandering around Notting Hill in London, and it did not disappoint, especially at the beginning of spring.  From the blooming cherry blossom trees to pastel-colored homes, there is plenty to see and do in the picturesque neighborhood just west of the city center.  If you find yourself in London, you are definitely going to want to make some time to explore Notting Hill, and here's a short list of things you can see and do.


First things first: take the central line underground to Notting Hill Gate, grab a pain au chocolate from Paul's, and then start walking north.  Stop to take in the gorgeous architecture, take photos of the blooms, and chat with the locals.  Walk through the circular streets, and then head toward Portobello Road.  You will likely find the Portobello Market to be in full swing, where you can browse fun antiques, fruits + veggies, clothing, and other nick-nacks.  And if you have the time, I would highly recommend checking out a movie at Electric Cinema, a super vibey theatre that shows both new and older flicks, complete with swanky lounge chairs.  While you're near Portobello Road, check out the Notting Hill Bookshop, stop by Joe & The Juice, and be sure to swing into Farm Girl for an afternoon pick-me-up, whether for one of their signature rose lattes or a bite to eat.


As you leave Portobello with your coffee in hand, you can simply stroll around the neighborhoods and discover so many different colorful mews (think alleyways) hidden around the area.  I highly recommend stopping by St. Luke's Mews, particularly if you're a fan of the movie Love Actually.  The pink house on that mews is the site where the "silent love declaration" happens (if you know, you know).  Also, these colorful homes are all just super cute and all individually photo-worthy, and I'm certain look even more incredible when everything is in bloom!  So be sure to wander around and check out as many mews as you can.


After all of that, stroll down toward Westbourne Grove for shopping, cute places to stop for a drink or bite to eat, and the Wild at Heart flower shop for some of the prettiest blooms (and one of the most instagrammed spots in the area, for sure).  From there, you can do what I did and head toward Kensington Palace at the western edge of Hyde Park.  But be sure to make a short stop for a pint at The Churchill Arms.  Then you can choose to walk your way through Hyde Park, taking in the ponds, bridges, and gardens scattered throughout the park.  If I were you, I'd bring a book, find a spot to sit for a while, and people-watch to your hearts content.

There is so much to see and do in and around Notting Hill, and this is just a small taste of what it has to offer.  Definitely make sure to make Notting Hill a priority next time you find yourself in London!