I say this EVERY time I go to London but why don’t I do this more? My Friend Emily and I hopped on a train from Brighton and got there in an hour, so easy. We decided we wanted to take a day and explore an area of London neither of us had been to before- Notting HIill. First of all, the film is becoming one of my favourites and I’ve seen it pop up on Pinterest and Instagram so much. We arrived in London at 10:30 ish and got the tube straight to Notting Hill. We were greeted with colourful buildings, market stalls and a whole load of locals. The impression straight away was that this was a locals neighbourhood full of people living their lives, as opposed to tourists.
Our first stop was the classics: Notting Hill Bookshop, Portabello Road and all the beautiful houses surrounding it. I loved seeing the Bookshop, it’s exactly how I imagined it. I even bought myself a little postcard! Every corner we turned, we were greeted with quaint cars, colourful doorways and blooming flowers- such a pretty area of London.
After working up an appetite after all of the ‘ohh, this is so cute’ chat we decided to head to a local coffee shop. If you’ve ever opened up the Instagram app then you’ve probably seen Farm Girl. The iconic rose lattes, pink tables and gorgeous latte art have made this place insta-famous. We figured we couldn’t go to Notting Hill and not pay this place a visit. It lived up to its expectations- the most YUMMY brownie and lovely staff made for a great experience.
After a stop off at Byron Burger (check my insta for the food porn) we headed back to the Notting Hill area for more wondering. Behind Portabello Road is Westbourne Grove, a more high-end area with lovely stores. We had a mooch around Daylesford, Diptyque and then the amazing flower stand ‘Wild at Heart’. I’ve seen a lot about this business on Rosie The Londoners Instagram and I was so happy to go have a look. Their flowers are beautiful! Oh and yes, I got changed #doitforthegram
We then stopped off at ‘Doughnut Time’, a place I had heard lots about. It was a tiny little hole-in-the-wall shop next to The Notting Hill Book Shop. They had a great selection of doughnuts but Emily and I both went for the vegan Biscoff one! I had it later that night and it was so so delicious. The coffee glaze was so yummy and you’d never be able to tell it was dairy free!
I had such a lovely day exploring with Emily and I’m looking forward for our next outing. I think Mayfair may be next on our list! Thanks so much for reading. Thanks so much to Emily for helping with these lovely photos.