The residential rainbows of London
London is forever evolving. There are always new things to see and photograph. I love exploring the city, and I especially enjoy seeing the way people express themselves through their homes. Today I’m sharing seven of the most colourful London streets and the most Instagrammable places in London.
Colourful London streets
Kelly Street, NW1
First up is the adorable Kelly Street in Kentish Town. On a recent visit, I met one of the residents who was off to Oxford to visit his father. As we chatted it emerged that he had attended a school near my home, he also told me that many years ago Dulux had shot an advert on the street and painted each house. It really is a magical corner of London. I particularly love this shot from above.
Chalcot Crescent, NW1
I have my niece to thank for finding this sugar-coated crescent because she insisted I watched Paddington and this is where it was filmed. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s utterly delightful and certainly one to add to your list. I didn’t feel too guilty taking these photographs because I’m sure many Paddington fans make a pilgrimage to the crescent!
Bywater Street, SW3
In the late 1990s, I lived just two streets away from this picturesque part of Chelsea. It was one of those places everyone wanted to visit when they came to stay and each morning on my way to work, I would look down the pastel-coloured street and smile. It’s easily one of my favourite London streets and I happened to notice one of the houses recently sold for 2.5 million. It’s now available to rent for a mere £7,150 per calendar month!
Chalcot Square, NW1
Chalcot Square is just a stone’s throw away from Chalcot Crescent and it puts the glamour into painted houses. When I was last there, the residents were having a birthday party on the square complete with bunting and floral crockery. It looked like Britain’s version of Ramsay Street!
Denbigh Terrace, W11
This street often pops up on my Instagram feed, just off the bohemian Portobello Road, it’s a must-see if you’re in the area. My fondest memory is taking some shots of the street with my mum the day we went to see Kate Bush in concert. My mum lived on nearby Pembridge Place when she first moved to London in her twenties. Lots of memories for us both.
Conduit Mews, W2
I stumbled upon these pretty mews houses on a recent trip to London. I was excited to find some colour behind the red-brick streets of Paddington. When I worked on Marylebone High Street, I used to dream of living in a London mews… and I still do.
Portobello Road, W11
I couldn’t write a post about colourful London streets without including Portobello Road. It’s a vibrant place and if you look down the side streets, you’ll notice lots of colourful homes. Each time I visit, I discover something new!
If you know of any colourful London streets please feel free to share them in the comments.
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