I haven’t done a post about London for a while, so here is one! Back before I moved to the Netherlands I spent my last couple of months frantically trying to see all the things in London I HAD to see before I left. Luckily London was having a lovely Spring so that I got quite a few lovely sunny days to get out and visit Notting Hill and Greenwich.
The markets in Notting Hill are on Portobello Road (the Portobello Road markets) and are famous for the plethora of stalls and shops selling antiques and fresh fruit and vegetables. Of course they’re also famously featured in the 1999 film starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts called “Notting Hill” (original)!
The antiques part of the market is only open on Saturdays so that is the day I went, along with half of the population of London apparently. It’s a very popular destination, and so it was VERY busy! But I still had fun doing some gift shopping in the stores and at the stalls, people watching and taking photos.
I was especially excited to visit the original Hummingbird Bakery cafe (which does amazing cupcakes) but the line was out onto the street so I decided not to bother. I had visited the less busy one in Soho anyway!
I was very intrigued by this shop full of old sewing machines, it was a pity my Gran couldn’t have had a look in there, I’m sure she would have loved it!
While it costs money to go in and see the museum and stand on the Meridian line, there were still some pretty gardens surrounding the Observatory, as well as interesting items such as the old telescope below.