This weekend we decided to go to one of my favorite and iconic places in London, the setting to one of my most favorite films, to the place with the house with the blue door, where everything and anything is sold of the burrow…Yes you guessed it! Portebello Road and Notting Hill ❤
Now that it looks as if my parent’s London base will be finished within a couple of weeks, my Mum sat me down and ran through the items that they are going to be taking with them to kit their flat out. The good news is that we getting rid of the two seats that my boyfriend found in the bin… but the bad news is that along with the seats they need pretty much EVERYTHING else too. Negotiations over the cream toaster and kettle set have been hard fought and I regret to say that as I haven’t contributed financially to anything contested, my arguments over ownership have been running thin at the best of times… So, so far I have only managed to secured the dishwasher, an old microwave, the washing machine, Grandma’s toaster, the existing fridge, a mended hoover and a chair. Now that I am soon going to be presented with a few tough choices like whether to sacrifice buying a table and opt instead of sofa and a tray, or whether to blow the lot on a plasma TV & a cocktail shaker… I thought that I would go to Notting Hill and check out if I could bag any antique bargains at Portebello Road Market…
Although it was a very sunny day, the air was pretty crisp, so I decided to wear a down feathered jacket from DKNY, which I particularly like as it has a shinny exterior which glistens the colors of the rainbow when the sun hits it. I added a thick wool scarf from Primark that has been great to wrap round to keep warm and wore dark blue jeans and high-top Vans sneakers, that are comfortable, keep my feet warm and who’s white flash add a trendy casual street style look. I am enjoying wearing darker clothes this season and big thick knits and large scarves make great statement pieces and are definitely in this season.
The sun was shining and the rows of pastel colored Victoria Houses were so beautiful and really deserve their iconic status. It felt as if behind each facade, Hugh Grant could of been there ready to pop out to his library. It was really busy, full of tourists so probably not the best place to buy furniture, but they did have some very cute floral tea cups which were really pretty. The vintage clothes boutiques were all really unique too and one of my favourite market stalls had second hand very bright color hats. There was such a great buzz, it was truly a magical afternoon.So here are some of my pictures from our shopping day!
Some of my recommendations are 202 on Westbourne Grove, West London’s most stylish shopping street. It is an interior and fashion shop with lunch combination. I love this place. It’s always buzzing and a very nice street to hang out in the weekend too. Don’t let the queue put you off! They are usually able to sit you down within a short amount of time. And it’s definitely worth the wait! the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street if you’ve done some shopping at High Street Kensington and feel like a beer in a traditional pub. Its got such a quirky exterior with hanging baskets, flowers and Union Jack flags and it’s where Churchill himself used to come for a quick “couple” of drinks. Another cool place is Bodo’s Schloss in South Kensington which is cool apres-ski bar, restaurant serving Austrian food like wiener schnitzel and beef goulash and club, under one ski hut kind of roof. They’ve gone pretty wild with their ski theme with the waiters wearing leiderhosen, alpine furniture everywhere and instead of mountain views, Tv screens with videos of people yodelling and skiing down the slopes.
So here are some of the pictures from our outing and of my outfit! ❤ Let me know what you think, Abi xxx
High Top Sneakers – VANS
Stone encrusted bracelet and necklace – ZEADES
Dark Blue Jeans – GUESS
Rainbow Reflector Jacket – DKNY
Thick Wool Scarf – PRIMARK
Pssssst…Are you looking for the famous Notting Hill blue door to William Thacker’s flat? Well it is at 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 and a few minutes walk away is Hugh Grant’s travel book shop on 142 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11