Living in London, going to Notting Hill and strolling along Portobello Road never loses it’s appeal. On Sundays, it’s less crowded and touristy than Saturdays but at the same time still vibrant and atmospheric. I never get enough walking past the pastel coloured houses on Portobello Road, nipping into my favourite bakery Hummingbirds for a cheesecake brownie (and hoping to bump into Claudia Schiffer who once bought cupcakes there for her children, according to my then flatmate). Always worth a visit is the cute Biscuiterie bakery for their creative, hand-iced gingerbread house designs and my favourite restaurant, Osteria Basilico. T.H.E. best authentic Italian in London.
And if you’re lucky (or not, depends how you view it!) you might bump into a celeb who walks around completely anonymously among Notting Hill’s colourful crowd. We bumped into Boris Becker and his then heavily pregnant Lily while shopping. On another occasion, we spotted Kate Moss, her daughter and Agnes Deyn in front of the American Apparel shop at the top of Portobello Road.
Above : On a chilly London’s summer day, I’m wearing a sunshine yellow circle dress by Calvin Klein bought at TK Maxx in Germany, yellow Pretty Ballerina ballet pumps and a waist belt by Post & Co. Circle dresses are like an instant diet: The waist whittling middle and the flared skirt hide hips and thighs. So you can tuck into a Hummingbirds cupcake without a guilty conscience.
Loving the retro tin signs: “Blondes Have More Fun But Brunettes Remember It The Next Day!”
This friendly fellow will greet you in one of the shops on Pembridge Road!