I’m not a London girl, but I don’t complain (much) when I get a flight to Heathrow as it usually means a trip home to see my parents. This time around however, they were on holiday, so I decided to make the most of the spring weather and head into London town.
Myself and one of the other girls from the flight, Kamila, jumped on the tube and since she used to live in London, I let her do the navigating!
We got out at Bayswater, which is just one stop along the tube line from Notting Hill Gate, and had a lovely stroll through the streets, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather and fresh air.
Since it was a Sunday afternoon, lots of families and couples were out as well enjoying the day.
We made our way along towards Notting Hill, passing some of the infamous white houses the area is known for.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had bare legs in the UK, so I was very thankful for the sunshine that afternoon!
We passed by more pretty houses, dreaming of the day that either of us would ever be able to afford to buy one with a cabin crew salary (even if it is tax free in Dubai)!
Soon we arrived at Portobello Road. It was my first time visiting the area, so I loved peering into the windows of all of the quirky shops, checking out antiques, vintage clothes and more.
If it had been a Friday or Saturday, I would have loved to browse Portobello Market, but I’ll have to save that for another time. I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of LHR flights on my roster!
Soon we arrived at another area I was hoping to find…the colourful pastel painted rows of houses!
It seemed to be mostly residential, with just one small restaurant with a few tables outside. Luckily it wasn’t too busy, so we weren’t too embarrassed to be using the houses as backdrop for our pictures!
Around every corner we found more rows of pretty coloured houses, each with their own personal touches.
I hope the residents of the lovely purple house didn’t mind us using their front steps for a snap!
We made our way down the street as the air started to get a bit chillier, stopping for one last picture on the doorstep next to number 20.
Passing by a few more brightly painted houses, where we weren’t the only ones out taking pictures!
Our final stop of the day was a beautiful old pub Kamila recommended, called the Churchill Arms. It’s absolutely covered in flowers and plants, as well as lots of patriotic flags, and is bursting at the seams inside with all sorts of fun Churchill memorabilia.
When we arrived there were plenty of people enjoying the last of the sunshine outside, but we decided to stay inside where it was ever so slightly warmer!
After a much needed drink (after all, we’d been awake since early that morning and worked a 7 hour flight from Dubai!) we called it a night and made our way back towards the hotel for a good night’s sleep.