There's no shortage of reasons tourists keep flocking to vibrant and affluent West London neighborhood, Notting Hill. Home to Europe's largest carnival, Portobello Road Market, that Richard Curtis rom-com movie, a buzzing dining scene, and sorbet-colored homes...
Even Ed Sheeran wants in, opening his own pub on Portobello Road over the summer.
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But there are a lot more charming things to see than celebrities and Hugh Grant's bookstore (though you won't find the iconic blue door, which was removed and auctioned off at Christie's)—you just need to know where to look.
We tapped local @bei.bei.wei who runs one of London's most aesthetically-pleasing Instagram accounts (plus another one, @lepinkfigaro for her pink car) to put together the ultimate walking tour for photography lovers around Notting Hill.
From England's first purpose-built cinema to a specialist biscuit boutique and the bright, pastel-hued properties not to miss, this walk takes you past some of the most charming houses, pubs, and shops in West London's most colorful neighborhood.
"This little grid of streets is full of the sorbet colored houses all in a row."
Farm Place, Hillgate Place, London SW12 9ES
"Perfectly pink, I always love popping past this house."
The Churchill Arms
"A classic English pub, this beauty is always covered in plants and keeps changing throughout the seasons."
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN
The Blue House
"Dollhouse dreams, this cutie is on the way to Portobello Market."
Pembridge Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 3HG
Alice's Antiques Shop
"Always eclectic, this antique store featured in the Paddington movies and can be found along the always-busy market street, Portobello Rd."
86 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2QD
"This was England's first purpose-built cinema, originally opened in 1911 as the Imperial Playhouse. The cinema boasts its own bar, leather recliners (with footstools), cashmere blankets and huge front-row beds."
191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
"One of the cutest shops in London."
194 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ES
Pastel Row Houses
"The most famous landmark of Notting Hill."
Lancaster Rd, Westbourne Park Rd, Elgin Crescent
"Converted from old stables and carriage houses, these homes are always an adorable visit. This particular house was featured in Love Actually as the home of Keira Knightley’s character."
St Lukes Mews London W11 1DF