There are many reasons to visit the popular neighborhood of Notting Hill, but its distinctive technicolor townhouses are perhaps the most compelling. While the rest of London may be a dreary grey, the photogenic Notting Hill colorful houses are sure to brighten your day and create the perfect backdrop for those instagrammable shots.
Notting Hill’s popularity grew following the 1999 eponymous rom-com (thanks Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts!). Fast forward 20 years (jeez that makes me feel old!) and a new generation can be found roaming these streets. This quirky little rainbow neighborhood is an Instagrammer’s dream! As you meander through the colorful streets of Notting Hill you will find all manner of colors, from pastel lemons to vibrant magentas.
Tucked away in West London, you’ll find rows upon rows of painted houses, lined up just waiting to be photographed. If you’ve been looking for some London Instagram inspiration, chances are you will have come across a fair few photos of Notting Hill. A quick perusal on Instagram for #nottinghill will bring you over 1.2 million results – most of which will be beautiful, colored facades, with a sprinkling of flower-covered pubs, cute cafes, vintage cars and quirky shops for good measure!
If you’re looking to discover all the prettiest colorful houses in Notting Hill, you’ve come to the right place! There are so many picturesque houses in Notting Hill that it can be hard to choose from. I’ve listed my favorite colorful streets and have pinned all their locations on a map at the bottom of this article for easy reference.
The best streets for Notting Hill colorful houses
Just minutes from Notting Hill Gate station is a colorful oasis. Step off of Holland Park Avenue road onto Uxbridge Street and it’s like entering a different world. You leave behind the hustle and bustle of the main road and enter this tranquil, colorful Instagram paradise.
From Uxbridge Street take a stroll up and down the adjoining streets and you will be rewarded with several more colorful homes. Hillgate Place, Farmer Street, Farm Place, Calcott Street, Hillgate Street, Jameson Street, and Kensington Place are all aligned with pastel houses.
This is possibly my favorite road in this little area of Notting Hill. The soft, pastel hues add so much charm. I may have also found the cutest resident in the area – this little pup was too adorable not to snap a photo of!
Ladbroke Square is home to beautiful Victorian houses, complete with balconies supported by grand pillars.
Holland Park Mews
You may notice several small streets around London called Mews and you might be wondering what the hell a Mews is! Mews were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and were originally stables for horses, with accommodation above for servants. They are usually located close to grand mansions and were previously used as service roads.
Nowadays, they are highly sought after, expensive properties. They radiate quintessential British charm, and each have their own unique character.
Portland Road doesn’t have as many colorful houses as some of the other roads nearby, but it does have one insta-famous door. Number 59 has been decorated with googly eyes, which definitely stands out amongst the elegant surrounding architecture. I love how much character they add!
The wonderful thing about just meandering through the streets of Notting Hill is the hidden treasures you stumble upon. I accidentally came across Norland Place but loved this quaint little street!
Pottery Lane & Penzance Place
On the corner of Pottery Lane and Penzance Place, you’ll find this delightful pink house.
One of the things that make Clarendon Road so interesting is how different the houses are as you walk along it.
Elgin Crescent runs from the iconic Portobello Road to Clarendon Road. It is one of the most photogenic streets in Notting Hill, lined with various colored homes. It is also one of the most expensive streets in London, along with the nearby Lansdowne Road, with properties selling for an average of nearly £5 million. I guess I’ll just continue to admire them from the outside.
Stanley Crescent, with its grand, stucco-fronted buildings, exudes absolute luxury.
Kensington Park Gardens
Along Chepstow Villas you will find these insta-worthy houses. The most famous of which is the pink house at number 58 and it’s blue next-door neighbor. The palm tree in front of the pink house really makes this one stand out. Unfortunately, there were a lot of cars parked outside when I was there, making it difficult to photograph. For this reason, I definitely recommend getting there earlier.
One of the best things about Colville Terrace for me is the different shades of blue!
Most of Lonsdale Road isn’t too colorful, however, there are two houses that are well worth a visit; number 55 and 33!
This picturesque mews is located just off of Lonsdale Road.
St Stephen’s Mews
This perfectly picturesque Instagram location is a little further out, but worth the small detour. The lush greenery engulfs the building and beautiful pot plants decorate the outside.
St Luke’s Mews
St Luke’s Mews is THE prettiest mews, and I challenge you to find a more picturesque street! Not only is this quaint, colourful street stunning, but it has also been a movie location. Ever seen Love Actually? Well, this is where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) declares his love for Juliet (Keira Knightley) in that Christmas scene.
Westbourne Park Road
This colourful street in Notting Hill is one of the most popular Instagram locations. I saw lots of other groups here taking photos on this street and had to patiently wait my turn! I absolutely adored the contrast of color against the bricks, accentuated with white trimmings. However, I have to confess… I have removed a lampost from this photo as I found it distracting!
And the winner of the most brightly colored street in Notting Hill is… Lancaster Road! By now you may have realized just how many colorful streets and houses there are in Notting Hill. However, the rainbow architecture along Lancaster Road is not to be missed. Unlike the pastel tones found elsewhere, here you’ll find bold, primary colors aligning the street.
Last, but certainly not least, is the most iconic of Notting Hill’s colorful streets: Portobello Road. Home to the world’s largest antique market and one of the world’s most famous street markets, you’ll find this street buzzing with life on market days.
The market began in much the same way as any other market in London, as a market for fresh produce. However, in the 1940s traders started selling bric-a-brac and antiques. Over time, this is what Portobello Road Market has become famed for. Nowadays, you will find several distinct sections to the market, with different stalls on different days. The Portobello Road Market website has the most up to date information regarding days and market times.
Portobello Road is also lined with numerous quirky independent shops and restaurants, many of which are brightly painted. It’s a great place to stop for a coffee or some food.
One of the things that really makes Portobello Road stand out is its quirkiness. While Notting Hill has been heavily gentrified, Portobello Road is still full of character and you will find a truly diverse mix of people here.
Being a busy thoroughfare, you may find it difficult to get photos here without a sea of people in them! I’d recommend shooting up at the colors above the shops or visiting early in the morning to limit crowds.
Map of all the colorful houses in Notting Hill
Thank you for reading my guide to the best Notting Hill colorful houses!
I hope you’ve found my guide to the Notting Hill colorful houses useful. I have tried to list them in an order that would make sense if you were to walk from Notting Hill Gate station. You could easily spend a few hours or even a few days exploring all of the colorful streets in Notting Hill! I hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful area in West London as much as I do. Leave me a comment and let me know if you think I’ve missed anywhere!