Traveling to West London and looking for something to do? The girls of our FP Kings Road Pop-Up are here to help…
This post comes from the London Pop-Up Free People team.
Last year we brought you our guide to everything East London, and now it’s time for the girls of FP London to walk you through all things West. With world-famous museums, beautiful boutiques, coffee shops, and flowers by the side of the road, we’re certain that a trip to the King’s Road and surrounding areas won’t leave you feeling disheartened. Proudly wearing pieces from the new collection, the store stylists from the London Pop-Up shop have pulled together their favorite eateries, stores and views from the picturesque post codes of West London.
Kendall: My favorite areas of West London have to be South Kensington and Notting Hill. South Ken is home to the Victoria & Albert (V&A) and Natural History Museums, and both boast not only incredible history and archives but breathtaking architecture as well (and they’re free!). Tucked away in the back of the V&A is the beautiful cafe pictured below; it’s the perfect place to grab a cozy cup of tea after a wander around. Go a bit more west and you’ll wind up in Notting Hill, lost in bewilderment at the picturesque pastel homes lining the streets. For bites around here, I suggest Churchill Arms for their Thai food (and mostly their iconic outdoor decorations in the spring) and Farm Girl Cafe with their rose coffee and all natural food!
Natalia: A few months ago I moved from Sydney to West London. It’s been such an adventure getting to know this lovely area of the city. My favourite place to grab coffee would be The Troubador, which doubles as an amazing live music venue at night — many rock n’ roll legends have played here, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. On Sundays I love to walk along the Thames until I reach Bishop’s Park which has a great little farmers’ market where you can stock up on organic goodness. When I want to go for a run, my favourite route is the path to Putney Bridge. You can see people walking their dogs, lots of people rowing along the river, and children playing in the park. And once you reach the bridge, it’s a lovely view and place to recharge at the end of a busy week.
Embroidered Austin Dress, Ella Hat
Lauren: A favorite spot of mine to eat is just off of Westbourne Grove called Ottolenghi. With a Mediterranean influence, the colours and smells are such a sensory delight when looking for a quick bite to eat. Places like Ottolenghi are what I look for when exploring West London, somewhere cozy but also in a great boutique shopping area, a few steps off of the bustling Portobello Road. Around the corner on the main Westbourne Grove strip you will find the most precious little florist, Wild at Heart. If you have a love of floristry like I do, this little gem is the place to pick up a perfect posy for your day.
Charlotte: As I live in North London, before joining Free People I barely explored West London. Because of this my ultimate favourite place West is possibly the most touristy of them all: the Natural History Museum! I used to visit with my family as a child and was always so obsessed with the dinosaurs. It is somewhere I’ve visited so many times and never get bored of. I also love Notting Hill, especially when you are a die-hard Notting Hill fan (the Hugh Grant movie!). A great local restaurant is Nama Foods, which offers the best selection of delicious raw food dishes. Their pad Thai is amazing, and they also host raw food cooking classes.
Camille: West London is definitely my favourite part of this amazing city, and I feel endlessly lucky to call Portobello ‘home’. Every day I enjoy the pastel-colored houses and antique shops on my way to work, sometimes stopping by Fabrique, a little French bakery, to grab breakfast that reminds me of home. In the evening you will probably find me having dinner and listening to live music at Swedish café Lisa’s Kitchen, or dancing with friends in the very animated Portobello Star, where you can enjoy the best Gin cocktails in the city. When the sun is out I happily wake up early and go for a little run in Holland Park, admiring the beautiful Kyoto Garden and hanging out with the peacocks!
Maria: In the summer you simply can’t beat a picnic with friends in Hyde Park on a beautiful sunny day, or reading a book by the serpentine lake while enjoying a fresh-squeezed orange juice. For a healthy lunch or cold pressed juice, Tanya’s Chelsea has a great organic menu using the tastiest and freshest ingredients. To stay, Artist Residence in Pimlico is a really cool hotel, with one-off designed rooms using retro, industrial and vintage décor touches. They make a great Pisco Sour in their underground cocktail bar, too!
Dress in lead image: South of the Equator Midi
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