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Sartorial Peacocking On Notting Hill’s Most Instagrammable Streets

What are bank holiday’s for other than wondering the pretty, picturesque streets of Notting Hill and getting snappy happy with the iphone camera. Scroll the blog to see which celebrated and renowned stop offs in the area we insisted on visiting. 

There is street after street of rainbow coloured houses, flower boxes and baskets, gemstone coloured doors and old school street lights. The vibrant colour sits behind Notting Hill station and starkly contrasts with the noisy, grey and brick infested affair of the noisy, grey and brick infested affair of The Bayswater Road.

Walk away from the tourist and chaoticness of Portobello Road and you find the likes of Farmer Street, Hillgate Road and Chalcott Avenue.

Casually avoid the irritated glares of the home owners staring through their flower boxed windows and take inst worthy pics in front of emerald green, pacific blue and fuchsia pink doors.

It’s peaceful and void of noisy cars and traffic. You almost get a fright when turning the corner back towards the station into the crazyness of the high street. We obviously had to take full advantage of outfit instagramming in this sublime little spot so here you go…

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Cristina Wedge, £200

Becksondergaard, £65

Mint Velvet Playsuit

Blossom Playsuit, £119

Of course, being in the vicinity we had to go and appraise the infamous Egg Break cafe and The Churchill Arms pub.

Egg Break

Egg Break is the perfect little setting for brunch, acting as a transitional mid point between the urban high street and the whimsy back rainbow streets.

The Churchill Arms

On an otherwise unassuming street, The Churchill Arms in Notting Hill is instantly recognisable for its exterior’s floral installations bordering on more of a secret garden rather than a public house. It’s no surprise, at least to anyone who’s set foot in the place, that the Churchill Arms buys A LOT of flowers. Still, it might surprise you to hear that the total cost is around £25,000 every year, apparently, according to the obliging barman, enough to deck out 46 average UK weddings in blooms.

The pub’s collection of plants started as a couple of hanging baskets and has bloomed into 100 tubs, 42 baskets and over 48 window boxes covering the entire building, and spilling their colourful contents all the way up to the chimney pots. The exterior of the pub has not gone unnoticed, winning various awards including the Evening Standard Pub of the Year, London in Bloom, and even scooped a Chelsea Flower Show award.

The inside is as staggering as the outside with the back of the pub being transformed into an inside urban garden. It’s a collectors haven. Lanterns and bottles and pots and pans even a spitfire hang from the low ceiling. Every inch of wall space is covered in charming framed pictures and historic mementos. It’s like a treasure trove for trinkets that you’d ever only find stock piled in an old lady’s attic.

As if it’s quirky appearance was not enough to attract patrons from far and wide, both tourists and locals alike flock  to see ‘the pub with all the flowers’. It’s historical heritage is another reason to make your way to Kensington Church Street. As it’s name suggests, it does have associations with Churchill, built in 1750 regular patrons of the pub included Churchill’s grandparents, the 7th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane. In honour of its namesake, and it’s allegiance to London as a city, the pub is overflowing with vintage London-Churchill-centric memorabilia. We visited in the wake of the Royal Wedding so we had to duck to dodge the Meghan and Harry bunting still hanging in homage to their recent nuptials.

We arrived on a sunny weekend afternoon, anticipating three people deep bar queues and patron-over-spill into the street. But, apart from the occasional onlooker and the more frequent photo taker we were pleasantly surprised to enjoy the sun outside the front of pub in relative peace and quiet.

See more of our day trip to Rainbow town here and for more places to visit in London’s south west see our post on Chelsea Flower Show.


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