Since I haven’t joined a gym here yet I’ve resorted to walking places whenever possible to get some exercise. It’s also been a good way to learn the city and explore various neighborhoods (AKA boroughs here). Yesterday on my morning walk around Earl’s Court and Kensington areas I realized I’m just a few miles from the adorable/wealthy area of Notting Hill, which always makes me think of the movie starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Here’s what I saw through the lens of my handy iPhone camera:
This street is representative of the architecture. Homes are built next to each other with little or no green space and definitely no garages, which is why it’s so common to see luxury cars parked on the street. I’ve seen more Rolls Royces in 2 weeks in London than ever before.
Another cute home. So quaint and lots of brick, very few wooden structures exist here since the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Private parks scattered throughout the city require special keys for access. Trust me, I tried to open this gate. No such luck.
These bikes are located throughout the city. They’re affectionately referred to as “Boris Bikes” after London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, who is a big proponent of improving London’s bicycle infrastructure. They’re officially named “Barclay’s Bikes” for the bank who sponsors them. I haven’t tried one yet but it’s on my to-do list.
I came across this back alley in Notting Hill. The street was named Ladbroke Walk and these look like homes to me. Really cute, expensive homes in the heart of this gorgeous area. Le sigh, not my future flat.
Ditto to pubs. They’re everywhere, and some like this one are decorated so beautifully with flower pots and hanging baskets. I am convinced I could try a new pub every day and still never see all the pubs of London. I’ll report back in 12 months.