Day 2 was a Friday and I kinda got that itching of going back to Portobello Road. I hadn’t browsed the market for years and back when I was living in London, it was one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday. Even though it’s super touristy and crowded!
I don’t think I’d ever visited the market on a Friday and it was definitely more chilled. I also went the furthest I had ever been along the Road, past the Westway flyover to check out the Falafel King (pictured above). I googled for the best falafels in London and this is one of the places that came up. This was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone!
I enjoyed their falafel pitta and fresh lemonade in the blinding sun and made my way back, after my tongue recovered from the hot sauce (I made the mistake of asking for all the toppings, including two types of hot sauce and a chilli pepper… greedy, me?!).
I then noticed on my right a cute little shop called Lavender Home (pictured above) where I found the meaning of the word ‘Kawaii‘: Japanese Stationary, artworks, postcards and various knicks and knacks were stocked on the shop’s shelves. I wanted everything, especially all the Ghibli merch. I managed to restrict myself to a fluffy little purse, which I’ll show you in a second.
The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to wandering about in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. I wanted to see the St Luke’s Mews which are located just next to Portobello Rd. They’re those cute colourful houses converted from old stables, I’ve seen them featured on Instagram so many times. There are many mews in London but the light was so stark that I didn’t manage to capture any on camera. All I have is that little bridge view below.
I kept walking northward as I wanted to go window-shopping on the posh King’s Road. On my way, I made sure to stop by The Churchill Arms (see picture above), a pub famous for its incredible floral display. It looked like hundreds of flower bombs exploded on its facade.
I also took a breather in the beautiful Kensington Gardens. I sat on the grass to look at people go by and admire the intricate gilded gate of the Palace. I really wanted to visit it but couldn’t justify the price, especially after converting it to euro. Gulp. Looks like you’ll have to hold on to that change for a little while longer, new purse!
As the sun was setting down, I finally made it to King’s Road. The remains of a wedding ceremony stopped me in my tracks. I looked down at the pretty confettis then headed to Anthropologie, a homeware shop, so I could day-dream of what I would do when I finally get that winning lottery ticket.
If you missed Day 1 of my trip in London, here it is! Hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more x