THE RESIDENTIAL RAINBOWS OF LONDON
One of the many questions I’m asked online is where I take my London street shots and so I thought it was about time I shared a few of my favourite locations.
London is forever evolving and there are always new things to photograph, for example, this beauty I found a few weeks ago [insert numerous heart emojis here]. I really enjoy seeing the way people express themselves through their homes and painted houses and doors make for a cheerful neighbourhood. Now come with me and I’ll show you some of London’s prettiest streets.
KELLY STREET, NW1
First up is the adorable Kelly Street in Kentish Town. On a recent visit, I met one of the residents who was off to Oxford to visit his father. As we chatted in emerged that he had attended a school near my home and he told me that many years ago Dulux had shot an advert on the street and painted each house. It really is a magical corner of London and I particularly love this shot from above.
CHALCOT CRESCENT, NW1
I have my niece to thank for finding this sugar-coated crescent because while in Cornwall I watched her Paddington DVD and this is where it was set. If you haven’t seen the film it’s utterly delightful and certainly one to add to your Christmas viewing. I didn’t feel too guilty taking photos because I’m sure many Paddington fans make a pilgrimage to the crescent. And who can blame them?
BYWATER STREET, SW3
In the late 1990’s I lived on the corner of Jubilee Place and Kings Road, just two streets away from this picturesque part of Chelsea. It was one of those places everyone wanted to visit when they came to stay and each morning I would look down the street and smile. It’s easily one of my favourite London streets and I happened to notice the lilac house recently sold for 2.5 million. It’s now available to rent for a mere £7,150 per calendar month!
CHALCOT SQUARE, NW1
Chalcot Square is just a stone’s throw away from Chalcot Crescent and it really puts the glamour into painted houses. When I was last there, the residents were having a birthday party on the square complete with bunting and floral crockery. It looked like Britain’s version of Ramsay Street.
DENBIGH TERRACE, W11
This street often pops up on my Instagram feed. Just off the bohemian Portobello Road it’s a must-see if you’re in the area. My fondest memory is taking some shots with my mum the day we went to see Kate Bush in concert. My mum lived on nearby Pembridge Place when she first moved to London.
CONDUIT MEWS, W2
I stumbled upon these pretty mews houses only recently and I was excited to find some colour behind the red-brick streets of Paddington. When I worked on Marylebone High Street I used to dream of living in a London mews… and I still do.
PORTOBELLO ROAD, W11
I couldn’t write a post about colourful London streets without including Portobello Road. There’s almost too much to see and photograph and if you look down some of the side streets you’ll be confronted by a rainbow of colour. Each time I visit I find something new and it fills my colour loving heart with inspiration and happiness.