I felt like this postcard from Notting Hill was missing in my series. Eventually, it’s been quite long since I posted about this ambiguous that is Notting Hill. Why do I call it ambiguous? Because it has everything I should hate, yet I love it. I always feel safe when I visit. Safe in the sense of being home.
Why should I hate Notting Hill?
Well, for a start, and it’s a big one, it’s overrated. For a couple of decades now this area has seen so much improvement and renovations that the famous colourful houses have become one of the must-do for London visitors. If you want to read more about the history of the area, Wikipedia is a good start.
I should hate that because there is so much more to see in London than these colourful houses. This neighbourhood is pleasant. I visited it quite regularly over the years, and a lot more during our London 12-months escape. Though I would never wish to visit the place during summertime or the weekends, the rest of the year it’s a place to stroll quietly and enjoy beautiful city sights.
This place is so utterly typically English, maybe too much would some say or not enough indeed. Honestly, I couldn’t tell, but nevertheless, it’s never disappointing. There is always another backstreet to discover, a flower shop, or a lovely cafe to enjoy.
Colourful or white
There is much more in Notting Hill than the colourful houses, to speak the truth, if these houses are quite charming, I far prefer the streets with softer tones, white even. The trendy cafes and shops are most lovely, and always perfect for a new Instagram shot, but the back streets ones, the ones busy with locals at lunchtime are my favourite.
Eventually my postcard from Notting Hill
Hope you enjoyed it, I have so many photos I want to display, once more I had to make choices.
If you want to read more about Notting Hill or close areas in London: