No there is actually nothing naughty in Notting Hill rather it’s a place for plenty of noteworthy experiences. Usually higher up in the list of must-see places of any visitor to London’s, Notting Hill doesn’t stop to thrill even the Londoners from time to time. Not that I haven’t been there umpteenth of times, everytime it feels like there is something new to discover, like a dose of a chill pill every time at Notting Hill.
Last weekend, I donned this colourful pleaded skirt as the protagonist of the look-du-jour and ventured out in Notting Hill to experience immersion in the sea of tourists both local and from overseas. No surprise that the print on my skirt also proudly screamed out ‘Tourist’ and what best way to realise every day that how great a city London is but by becoming a tourist in home turf from time to time, trying to explore and discover every nook and cranny. Given the limelight and the sunlight was reflecting bright from my skirt, I balanced it well with a white tee and the nude pair of brogue and the quilted shoulder bag in the same shade also equated the appearance finely.
Portobello Road is the jewel of the crown of Notting Hill and the road leading there is stacked with too many photo opportunities of mostly colourful houses with doors of equally striking colours. Makes you wonder whether the people living inside are as colourful as their houses or not? Turns out that the neighbourhood was and still is famous for many of its celebrity residents such as Blur frontman Damon Albarn, designers Bella Freud and Stella McCartney, ex-Eastender Martine McCutcheon, singer Bjork (sometimes), Robbie Williams, supermodel Claudia Schiffer as well as others.
Portobello Road itself is famous for its multitude of antic and souvenir shops. With street food stalls and restaurants and teeming tourists flocking back and forth every moment, the place feels like a pilgrimage of overs of diversity and all things London.
Tucked away nicely from a distance, Notting Hill is more than Portobello Road and its colourful houses. Sleepy and quiet mews found in the neighbourhood do offer visitors some respite from the vibrance in the happening high street. A bunch of benches to sit for a while and repose next to the roses. The home-owners are generous enough to have placed welcoming benches just outside their doors – for the resting pleasure for themselves and for perhaps a voyager coming from far corner of the world.
Like a whirlwind affair, I had the swirls in my skirt to be in love all over again with Notting Hill. When are you visiting next?