On Wednesday 13th June 2018, my best friend Grace and I decided to visit Notting Hill. We have both lived in London for almost three years now and yet neither of us have ever visited and so, since we are both moving out of London soon as our time at University comes to an end, it seemed like the perfect time to visit.
We started the day at Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard. This occurs daily at 11am and is a huge tourist attraction. Since we went on a Wednesday, it was not too busy and therefore we were able to get a front row view. For those of you who live outside London, the Changing of the Guard is the ceremonial swap of the guards protecting Buckingham Palace.
Following the Changing of the Guards, we took the Tube to Notting Hill. I had previously seen Instagram posts from fellow bloggers of the pastel-coloured houses of Portobello Road so I was excited to finally see them in person. I was not disappointed. Since it was a Wednesday, the road was not that busy so we were able to take all the photographs we wanted. I felt a bit awkward taking photographs and posing in front of other people’s houses but I am sure that they are used to it by now.
For lunch, we decided to head to Farm Girl Café. This is a café on Portobello Road that I had previously seen featured on Sophie Rosie’s Instagram. It took us a few tries to find the Café as it is hidden down a side passage but this just added to the mystique of the café. Grace ordered a Lavender Latte with the Blue Jack Tacos whilst I ordered a Rose Latte with the Coconut BLT Sandwich. I was not that impressed with the Lattes – they were pretty to look at but definitely tasted a bit watery. The food, however, was incredible. Both dishes were vegan but you would not know just from tasting them. I preferred the Coconut BLT Sandwich as the tacos were a bit salty for my liking, but would definitely order them both again.
Having taken all the photographs we wanted, we decided to head to the Biscuiteers Icing Café, another place featured on Sophie Rosie’s Instagram. The Café serves as both a shop where you can purchase pre-made themed baskets of iced biscuits as well as a café downstairs where you can decorate your own iced biscuits.
For dinner, we decided to head back to London Victoria to Dominque Ansel to try this month’s Cronut. A Cronut is a mixture of a croissant and a donut and Dominque Ansel are unique in that they change the filling on a monthly basis with this month’s being Mirabelle Plum and Lychee. It was really nice.
Grace had previously purchased tickets to the theatre production of Heathers and was kind enough to invite me along with her so after our Cronuts, we headed across to the theatre. The production was being held at a smaller theatre which had a bar on-site that sold Heathers-themed cocktails so we decided to have a drink before the show. We ordered the Freeze Your Brain Slushie and Shine A Light which reminded me of a mojito – the Freeze Your Brain was my favourite of the two.
You can check out Grace’s post here for more about the show which was absolutely incredible. I did not know the storyline before watching the show which made for some funny reactions and I will definitely be checking out the movie now. The production stars Carrie Hope Fletcher as Veronica Sawyer, who I know from watching her YouTube videos as a teenager and as Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables. The production was definitely out of her comfort zone but she did an incredible job and I would highly recommend going to watch if you can buy tickets.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my day. Let me know in the comments below if you have ever tried a Cronut and what your favourite flavour is.