All smile because the sun is out, all spring up because the spring is in the air. To bypass the grey and gloomy winter out of the calendar, I stepped out wearing the spring palettes and headed to the West London gem at Bywater Street in Chelsea. Year in year out, the houses of Bywater Street continue to hold on the vibrant pastel colours they have been painted with, but especially when its spring time, this cul-de-sac shines in all its colourful tones.
There are more reasons to smile because you may not know that house number 9 at Bywater Street was also the fictional home of agent George Smiley which was chosen by author John Le Carré and used in eight of his novels. The 1979 BBC series of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Sir Alec Guinness, used the address during filming. Who would ever imagine that a fictional spy would be living in such a beautiful street and its very unlikely that a shady spy would care much about fashion. He may have been only mindful of vengeance from his adversaries.
In present times, the street is home to journalists, designers and writers. It is hard to tell whether the colourful walls have any resemblance to the colourful professions or personalities of the dwellers or not. But the current owner of the house #9 confirmed that Bywater Street is a popular location for frequent fashion shoots and I may be just one of the many sequels she had been witnessing taking place in front of her door.
Along with the bright bricked houses stacked next to each other, the street had welcoming blossom of the first signs of spring in the form of cherry blossoms. With equally colourful and brightly contrasting main doors, the pink and the pastels ran a colour riot to enliven further the advent of spring. Certainly no match to compete with the shades of nature, I donned this satin purple-blue blouse with details of season’s biggest trend-ruffles on the sleeve and a pair of hot pink trousers to woo the hue of the houses in Bywater Street. A pair of fuchsia high heels to complement the colours were essential and I got rolling. I finished out the look wearing my hair in a top bun, which was the saviour on that particularly super-windy day.
I wished and London granted a nice Sunday to us with sunny intervals and partly blue sky🌞, before I start sounding like a weather reporter, here is to a beautiful day spent exploring some of the hidden gems of the city, posing in front of somebody else's posh houses, sitting on top of a double decker iconic London red bus that goes through some of the best locations in London and eating food that I (almost) never eat (reference: last photo). I'm ready to take on the new week ahead. Hope you had a good Sunday! —– #britisharchitecture #exploring #londonloving #Londonexploration #secretlondon #placestoseeinLondon #travelwriter #londoner #london #buildingsofldn #british #greatbritain #Unitedkingdom #travelblogger #londonloving #socialmediainfluencer #cityexplorer #wanderlust #myeverydaymagic #prettyhouses #Housesofldn #weekendfun #bluesky #sunnyday #funday #sundayfunday
There are more reasons to smile because you may not know that house number 9 at Bywater Street was also the fictional home of agent George Smiley which was chosen by author John Le Carré and used in eight of his novels. The 1979 BBC series of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Sir Alec Guinness, used the address during filming. Who would ever imagine that a fictional spy would be living in such a beautiful street and its very unlikely that a shady spy would care much about fashion. He may have been only mindful of vengeance from his adversaries. Read and see more about this secret part of London on the blog today. Link in profile👆🏼 —– #exploring #londonloving #Londonexploration #doortraits #Tinkertailorsoldierspy #travelwriter #londoner #BBC #doorsofinstagram #red #door #greatbritain #Unitedkingdom #travelblogger #londonloving #doordecor #cityexplorer #doorlovers #myeverydaymagic #Colorfulhouses #Londonsstreets #doorgoals #reddoor #dooradore #wanderlust #doors #doorsgalore
I certainly was oblivious to the possibility of any shady spy witnessing my fashionista frolics through any unsuspecting window. I only wanted to let bygones be bygones at Bywater Street as London welcomed the change in mood in nature.