London often gets a bad reputation for being miserable and grey, mostly thanks to the weather. However, it may surprise a lot of people to know just how many bright, colourful places there are around London to visit! From pastel townhouses to pretty in pink cafes and bakeries, to street art, parks and pubs, there really is colour in every corner of London. Here are our favourite colourful places in London that are sure to brighten up your day!
There’s no better place to start our list of the most colourful places in London, then Neal’s Yard! Neal’s Yard would have to be one of London’s most wonderful hidden gems that is tucked away in a charming side street, not far from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden! Neal’s Yard is a colourful square with boutique shops, hairdressers and healthy cafes and juice bars! If you need to improve your day, then pop into Neal’s Yard and your day will instantly be brighter!
THE CHURCHILL ARMS
The Churchill Arms has been labelled by many as the prettiest and most beautiful pub in London. The facade of the pub is constantly updated and is always bright and colourful and sure to draw a crowd! it is often covered in flowers and at Christmas it has an impressive festive display with stars on the roof, 90 Christmas trees and 21,000 Christmas lights! No matter when you stop by the Churchill Arms, you are guaranteed a bright, cheery and colourful visit.
Carnaby Street is one of London’s most popular shopping areas with a combination of high street brands and up and coming labels. The street is filled with colour thanks to the shop facades, signs and window displays, as well as the art displays that often go on display throughout the year!
Sketch is a colour lovers dream, particularly their main gallery which is pretty in all things pink! Little girls, groups of women and wannabe-princesses will feel like they are in heaven at Sketch. With elegant booths that are upholstered in pink velvet, pink walls and pink ceilings, the only thing that is not pink is the white tablecloths and artworks. On my next visit to London, I am planning a girls afternoon tea at Sketch and can’t wait to be surrounded by all things pink!
ST PANCRAS STATION
St Pancras may seem like an usual entry to this list, but it is one of England’s most beautiful train stations. Its exterior is a combination of brilliant red brick and a sky-blue roof. St Pancras has the grandest frontage of all British train stations and has undergone a lengthy restoration to restore it back to its former glory.
PEGGY PORSCHEN CAKES
Peggy Porschen Cakes is also the definition of pretty in pink! This chic bakery in charming Belgravia sells gorgeous cupcakes, cakes and other sweet treats, along with tea and champagne! It also has to be the cutest bakery in London with its pastel pink shopfront and entryway which is adorned with the latest blooms, always ensuring there is always that perfect shade of pink!
Notting Hill is the most colourful neighbourhood in London. It’s best explored on foot and has no shortage of quirky shops, charming pastel-coloured houses and instagram worthy colourful front doors (especially the blue one from the Notting Hill film)! Our favourite colourful locations in Notting Hill are Lancaster Road, which has to be the most colourful street in Notting Hill, the ridiculously charming St Lakes Mews and Portobello Road Market, which runs through the very centre of Notting Hill and is the world’s largest antique market!
The stylish and contemporary Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel is the perfect location to explore the bohemiam delights of Notting Hill and Portobello Market, as well as Paddington, Hyde Park and the iconic shopping street, Oxford Street! Be sure to sign up to the Premier Club Rewards to get 10% off the best available rate along with other member benefits.
Springtime is one of the most wonderful times to visit London. Flowers bloom all over the city and everyone is out and about getting their first doses of sunshine in months! A number of London’s neighbourhoods become covered in beautiful Wisteria for a few weeks during Spring, with Holland Park, Chelsea, Kensington and Notting Hill being some of the best places to see the wisteria covered facades.
LONDON ON FOOT
London is best explored on foot and as you wander the city you will find colour everywhere you look. From the iconic English red from phone booths, flags and double-decker buses, to street art throughout the city, charming colourful restaurants and cafes and pops of colour from doors and neighbourhoods that you stumble across whilst exploring. London is beautiful throughout the year, with our favourite times being Spring when flowers pop up all over the city, and at Christmas time when London turns into a festive, winter wonderland! Those who thought of London as a grey city will be pleasantly surprised by just how much brightness and colour London has to offer!
Our opinions are as always, our own.