I’m constantly on the lookout for London areas that feel a bit less hectic and a bit more village-y, and my newest find is the small area of Clarendon Cross between Notting Hill and Holland Park.
Now when I say Clarendon Cross is small, I really mean it – there’s only a few shops, a Cowshed spa (very idyllic!) and just one restaurant. It mostly just feels very quiet and residential, which was exactly the vibe I was looking for after the hectic day I had had. The only thing I was left missing was a pub – every village should have a village pub, right?
I was planning on making a little guide to shops, restaurants and drinking places, but seeing as there weren’t many, and I wasn’t that familiar with the area anyway, I thought it would probably not be very useful. But, as it’s a very lovely and beautiful area, I didn’t want the photos I took to go to waste, so I’m sharing them as kind of photo diary – I hope it’ll inspire you to visit and see the area for yourself!
This shop, aptly called The Cross, was the cutest thing. It’s an independent lifestyle boutique set up by a woman called Samantha Robinson who wanted to support upcoming and independent labels who were just starting out. They sell lots of different things from clothes and house decor items to bags and jewellery, and I can tell you that I wanted pretty much everything!
I really liked this bit of Clarendon Cross – this kind of round architecture really pleases my eye!
Which side would you choose? I’d definitely go for the right-hand side – I really love the black framings in the windows!
Hope you enjoyed looking at these pretty houses – I know I enjoyed photographing them! I love exploring different parts of London, as I feel that every area has their own personality – Clarendon Cross definitely felt like a sophisticated lady!
I’d love to hear your favourite, lesser-known London areas? It’s funny how I’ve been here for so many years, but I still discover new areas (even in central London!) that I’d never heard of all the time. It’s one of my favourite things about London!
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