Sunny days in London are just perfect for exploring the city and everything it has to offer. The day started a little bit too late, it was a lazy Sunday. But just after noon, I arrived to Notting Hill Gate. At first, I just saw a lot of random shops and concrete buildings. This soon changed to transform the visitor into a land of colour.
Notting Hill has to be the best neighbourhood in London. It is charming yet modern, quiet but full of life! One could spend hours admiring the wonderful houses and cute little shops. Sunday afternoon strolls along Portobello Road are perfect.
As I turned a corner, I noticed the most wonderful little cookie shop I have ever seen, the Biscuiteers. They offer hand iced biscuits, cakes and a selection of hot drinks to enjoy in their Cafe. I couldn’t resist to try one of their flamingo shaped vanilla iced cookies with a coffee. It was rich in flavour but super soft. It’s a place you never want to leave. So instead, I decided to take a piece of it home with me. A dog shaped cookie for Laci, since he has a healthy obsession with puppies.
The area is also home to a number of studios and galleries. However, the first one I came across was actually an international pop up gallery, Apart. The unit used to be an antique shop, but was then converted to house the pop-up gallery for a few months. The space and the exhibit was a feast for the eyes.
As it was a sunny day, Carluccio’s patio was very inviting, offering an authentic Italian experience. Their green salad with balsamic vinaigrette and soft goat cheese was just what I needed.
Since my boyfriend was working all day, I decided to surprise him with a beer. However, I did not imagine to find a brew local to Notting Hill. But in fact, the liquor store on the main strip had it!