I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published May 2nd 2013
Seen the movie ~ now explore the location
London just happens to be one of the most exciting, bustling, quiet, thought-provoking and beautiful cities of the world. This unique location has inspired lovers for centuries from cobble stoned streets to beautiful art museums and gorgeous architecture.
One of my favourite places to visit is Notting hill in West London and it certainly has a fantastic, old-world romantic feel to the area. The atmosphere is instantly more unique as you enter Notting hill with its neat, pristine and Edwardian white buildings and cobbled streets that make this area feel modern while still maintaining that 'small-village' feel.
When you think of Notting Hill, the movie of the same name comes to mind (starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts), which is possibly still one of the best known romantic-comedy movies. The famous blue door, classic English love story and of course the lovely feel that this neighbourhood exudes.
Notting hill - the film
To get to Notting hill simply catch the tube to Notting Hill Gate and head north. Princedale Road, which is found to the west has a variety of miscellaneous shops with clothing, kitsch accessories and lots of unique nick knacks.
The area also has numerous casual pubs with outdoor eating areas as well as little neat cafes. This includes Bumpkin with classic British fair, the Market Thai, Portobello organic kitchen and Gelato Mio for something sweet.
Portobello Road market (writers own photo)
The star of Notting Hill is however the famous Portobello Road market, which is one of London's best known street markets selling a wide variety of goods, clothing, unique antiques and delicious food, with each style of item sold on varying days.
The market is open every day, except for Sundays with weekdays showcasing fresh fruit and vegetables, Fridays and Saturdays a wide selection of clothes stalls and interesting second-hand items and most famous of all the antique market on Saturdays. Saturdays continue to prove the busiest day but with a fantastic atmosphere - so long as you don't mind a little hustle and bustle.
The area also boasts the fabulous Hummingbird bakery and so after you have taken a meander along the market stalls why not finish off with a perfectly baked treat such as their red velvet cupcakes and a delicious freshly brewed coffee?
Hummingbird bakery ~ Portobello Road (writers own photo)