On our first full day in London, we woke up pretty refreshed with no jet lag and ready to go. That’s the benefit of flying overnight to Europe, if you ask me! After breakfast, we headed over to Bond Street and took the tube to Notting Hill to explore. Something I’ve noticed about the city is that it smells amazing. No offense to New York, but I cannot say the same for you! Every place here smells like fresh air, flowers, and/or posh men’s cologne.
It was such a long, lovely day of exploring, so I wrote a little diary of the morning portion to share with you. Although I will say my favorite neighborhood is somewhere else, I absolutely loved Notting Hill for its charming streets lined with houses in pastels and white, the cute shops on every corner, and the abundance of flowers everywhere you look.
7:30 AM Wake up, go to the gym. Then, a little breakfast in the hotel lounge which is my favorite perk of being a Marriott Bonvoy elite member (I’m serious, if you can do it, do it because it is worth it).
9:00 AM This was our first day taking the Tube. Now, I’d heard endless good things about it compared to other subway systems around the world and I was thoroughly impressed. It had enough similarities to the systems I’m used to that it wasn’t hard to figure out and actually, it’s a lot more self explanatory to New York. I’d compare it most to DC’s metro system actually. And oh my lord, it is CLEAN. I was thinking, “Excuse me, where’s all the discarded trash and critters on the tracks?”, “Why does this station literally smell like a handsome man?”, and “Can it be true that the trains are regularly on time??”.
9:30 AM We arrived in the neighborhood and made our way to the vicinity of Westbourne Grove. It took us awhile because we kept stopping to take one million photos. The first place we stopped in was the Goop store and let me tell you, I want to live in there. It’s so beautifully done with neutral colors, intricate wrought iron stairs, and a view of a back garden.
11:00 AM Explore Notting Hill.
Our first stop was at the Goop store which was absolutely stunning. I think I’m going to move in! It was done in all neutrals with a stand out, intricate wrought iron staircase and beautiful little courtyard. They sold everything from clothes to beauty to homemade and if I had another piece of luggage with me, I’d have filled it up completely.
By that point, we were ready for a morning pick me up, so we popped into Daylesford down the street. I got a delicious almond milk chai latte. Listen, I drink a lot of chai lattes and this one was impeccable. It was spicy and warm, the perfect temperature, and super foamy. So, so good. Daylesford is another place where I could have spent every cent to my name, but I just left with a single avocado for my breakfast the next morning because I clearly can’t go two days without avo toast!
We wandered around more through the neighborhood and eventually came upon the much photographed Biscuiteers icing cafe where we encountered a crying baby hugging a Paddington toy and all of the sweetest cookies. I couldn’t resist leaving with one perfectly decorated like a lamb. I was actually surprised how good it tasted too because usually super decorative cookies end up being kind of dry, but this was not. It was just as delicious as it was pretty.
As we started to head over to Kensington, we kept stumbling upon all of the prettiest things from storefronts to pastel front doors and homes covered in Wisteria. Had we had more time in the city, I could’ve easily spent multiple days wandering around this neighborhood alone.
NOTTING HILL GUIDE
EAT & DRINK
Daylesford Organic - Great for a quick coffee or to pick up groceries for your stay. Great homewares downstairs and a lovely seated cafe.
Farmacy - Organic, vegan brunch with pretty interiors.
Farm Girl - A classic Notting Hill brunch spot you’ve likely heard of.
Goop - Curated clothing, beauty, health and homewares with classic, minimalist style.
Wild at Heart - The cutest corner flower shop.
SpaceNK - All of the best beauty brands in one space.
Biscuiteers - Adorable, themed cookies and icing classes.
Sezane - The beautiful London outpost of the new French classic.