Sunsets in Notting Hill


What’s your favourite city in the whole world? I don’t think I’m capable of answering such question myself; my heart is too big and big enough to fit countless of amazing cities I’ve been lucky enough to visit over the years. I will say this though: London sits pretty high on the list. The unmatched energy, the grandiose atmosphere…it’s like being part of something much bigger than yourself.

The first time I found myself wandering those Londoner streets it was a very unplanned, very spontaneous trip, so we basically dedicated our whole time there exploring the neighbourhoods, the food and the lifestyle of that beautiful place. At some point we thought it would be a good idea to walk all the way up to Notting Hill, all the way from across town. To be honest, I can’t tell exactly where we started from, but wherever that was, it took hours, I mean HOURS, to get to the hippest neighbourhood of London. Truth is, I would do it all over again. Walking around is the best way to really understand a new city, but the real reason I ended up there was because of this little movie here (don’t judge me). Notting Hill did not disappoint: a magical little place tucked away somewhere in London, kinda hipster, quirky artsy little shops and bookstores spread around…it really does feel like walking inside a movie set. So if you’re looking for some charm, you have to add it to your London to-do list.


We had fish and chips at Sun in Splendour, a Victorian pub that’s absolutely lovely and cozy inside. The food was really good and everyone there was really fun, so I really recommend it for an authentic British experience. Walking down Portobello Road is almost a classic at this point, and after checking that off the list, we immediately looked into buying a house, as one does, and proceeded to take lots of pictures – priorities, getting a house there could wait.

While looking around, taking in the atmosphere, I could see from a window two little girls playing inside a pink princess room and wondered what it must be like to grow up in such an iconic little place. The thought made me smile. And as I felt the late fall breeze chill my skin, I looked at the sun setting over Notting Hill.

It was a beautiful moment, and if I close my eyes I can still see it.



Sunsets in Notting Hill

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  1. Hannah says:

    I have still to visit Notting Hill despite living in London for 3 years now! I see pictures everywhere of the famous coloured houses and it reminds me of just how much I want to visit. Is there anywhere else around there you would recommend visiting? xx

    • Vienna Olive says:

      Apart from the beautiful colorful houses and the pretty streets, there’s also Portobello market, which is really cool; also lots of lovely restaurants and cafes and, of course, the bookstores 🙂 I think it’s just a great place to walk around and explore and find new treasures! That’s basically what I did and I’m sure I still have a lot to see.. I really hope I get to go back one day. You’re gonna love it! 🙂

  2. julie says:

    Love Notting hill!! I used to live there and that made the london experience for me! my only regret is that i didn’t move there sooner, i was living down in sw for a few years, not sure why!! your blog is gorgeous btw!! x


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