I have a thing for colorful, cozy neighborhoods. Perhaps it's the cause of living in the concrete jungle, but there is something about London's Notting Hill with its pastel townhouses and hidden mews that tugs at my heart strings. I made a last minute stroll through this cheery neighborhood hours before my flight, and it was the perfect conclusion to my adventures through England. Keep scrolling for snippets of my favorite moments from this romantic part of town.
A stroll through the streets of Notting Hill is one of the most enjoyable things to do in London at no cost. Wander aimlessly down the quiet residential roads, and you are sure to find uniquely elegant homes at every corner. Sometimes getting lost is the best way to explore, and this neighborhood is a prime example of that. It is every photographer's (and Instagrammer's) dream.
Portobello Road is one of the most iconic in London, as it is home to one of the world's best known markets. We were only able to stop by on a quiet Tuesday morning, but there were still stands of food, fashion, and antiques dispersed along the famous street. Lining the market are rows of independent shops -- enough to keep you busy for most of the day. If I ever have the chance to return to London, I will make sure to stop by for the full scale market on Saturday!
It was only after this trip that I learned exactly what a mews is. Primarily a British term, a mews describes a row of stables built on a small road to be used by historically wealthy families. In modern times they have been converted into charming homes hidden away from the main roads, which means a photographer's paradise in other words.
My friend and I randomly came across this particular mews while searching for lunch, though no photo can rightfully translate its charm. I can only hope the homes' occupants were out for the day, because we spent much too long taking pictures in front of every single one. How can you not?
PS. I am officially home from Europe and ready to get back on the blogging grind. Get ready for a mix of style and travel posts -- I have a lot in store!