Since moving back to London, I have become smitten with all the beautiful houses. From Kensington & Chelsea to Notting Hill and so many places further away or in between. I take huge satisfaction walking down a street not knowing exactly where I am going and stumbling across a pretty house I’ve never seen before. So much so, that I couldn’t possibly write a blog solely on my favourite houses in London as they seem to change with the seasons.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is truly a wonderful place. These houses go all out for Christmas. In fact they are pretty fantastic all year round. If you’re anything like me and secretly dream about living in a house like one of these one day.. You’re also probably imagining what designer decorations you would dress these houses with!
I used to walk past a lot of these houses every day on the way to work. Already well-known for being a trendy and vibrant area. There’s no surprise that Notting Hill has a wonderful selection of decorated doors. Tourists flood to the bohemian Portobello Road which is famous for its market selling antiques and vintage fashion. The area became world famous when the film ‘Notting Hill’ starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts melted our hearts in 1999. Each year over August bank holiday crowds of people flood the streets to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival. Here you will find beautifully decorated floats and dancers parading the streets. There are over 300 food stalls serving traditional and eclectic cuisines. With over 40 sound systems to choose from and activities for children on the Sunday, there really is something for everyone.
I recently came to Putney with my partner to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the newly refurbished Odeon Luxe Cinema. We got there a little early and walked from East Putney. Little did I know that we were about to walk down the most wonderful street laden with coloured doors, impressive entrances and spectacular wreaths. Luckily I have an amazing boyfriend and although it started raining, he waited patiently while I snapped away. We managed to get to the Cinema on time and both really enjoyed the film. Especially in the super comfy recliner seats!
Mayfair is a lovely area to walk around aimlessly when you have a free afternoon. I spotted these gorgeous wreaths whilst out shopping. The upscale district has many elegant Georgian town houses. Nearby is the bespoke tailors on Savile Row and designer fashion boutiques on Bond Street.
Shoreditch oozes cool. On a street just off Brick Lane you will find these lovely sophisticated Victorian houses. Brick Lane is famous for its Indian restaurants. You can’t walk down the road without the staff trying to get you in or the countless of signs declaring they are the number 1 Indian restaurant on Trip Advisor. I haven’t been to many but Aladin are worth a special mention from me. The service is great every time and the King Prawn Jalfrezi is to die for!
Well what can I say about this house? Some might say they have gone a little OTT but I disagree. To me this is perfection. How could you walk past this house and not smile? Although there are many houses which are stunning over the festive period.. This one really does tick all the boxes for me. Which are your favourite festive houses?