When I started planning our trip to London, of course I had all the iconic spots in mind. But I also knew there was so much more to the city. I was particularly excited to visit some of the swoon-worthy locations I’d seen on Instagram and Pinterest. Using these as my starting point and main inspiration I started compiling my ultimate bucket list – basically if it was pink or involved flowers it was on the list. That probably goes without saying though! Pair these spots with my whimsical restaurants list for a perfectly pretty London itinerary!
I’m happy to report that we ticked off everything on my list and so here it is – my list of the prettiest places to visit in London.
Prettiest Market – Portobello Market
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Set among the dreamy, pastel-hued streets of Notting Hill, the best days to go to the Portobello Market are Friday and Saturday. Renowned for their selection of antiques the market also has arcades, fruit & veg, fashion, bric-a-brac and food. I’ve always wanted to start a collection of mismatched English China teacups, and this was the perfect place for me to start. If this is something you plan to do in London too and you are new to teacup collecting like me, have a little read of this guide.
Make sure you double check opening times and stalls open for the day you want to go here.
Prettiest Neighborhoods – Chelsea & Notting Hill
The perfect activity to balance out all those rose lattes and cupcakes – walking the pretty streets of Chelsea and Notting Hill. Be on the lookout for brightly coloured doors, pastel houses and roses galore.
Prettiest streets in Notting Hill:
- Farmer Street
- St Stephens Mews
- Kensington Park Road
- Ledbury Road
- St Luke’s Mews
- Hillgate Street
Prettiest streets in Chelsea:
- Bywater Street
- Oxford Street (lookout for the pink LOVE door here)
- Lennox Gardens Mews
- Smith Terrace
- Godfrey Street
Prettiest London City View – Sky Garden
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We all love a good city view lookout and this would have the be the prettiest one in London. Sitting amongst this sky-high garden at 155m high, you get spectacular views across the city and far beyond. Sky Garden offers a limited number of free passes each day here. Tickets are released three weeks in advance and book out very quickly. But if you’ve missed out don’t fret, you can book a breakfast, lunch or dinner at the bar or restaurant, where you have access to the gardens.
Prettiest Bridge – Albert Bridge
This was just one of those spots we happened to stumble across while wandering through Chelsea, and after seeing it I thought it should definitely make my pretty list! This stunning Victorian style bridge is painted white and pastel shades, and illuminated by 4,000 bulbs at night. Being as pretty as she is, the Albert Bridge has starred in many movies including Maybe Baby, A Clockwork Orange and Sliding Doors. The pretty colour scheme wasn’t chosen for it’s aesthetics though. It was designed to make the bridge more noticeable in low visibility and avoid it being damaged by ships!
Prettiest Department Stores – Harrods, Liberty London And Fortnum & Mason
If you fancy a pretty little department store or two then you must get to Harrods, Liberty London or Fortnum & Mason. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything these shops are a treat.
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Established in 1849 Harrods is located in a stunning old building which features art nouveau and baroque style architecture. It has over one million square meters of selling space in over 330 departments, making it the largest department store in Europe.
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On a much smaller scale Liberty London, is also a gorgeous 1800’s department store famous for it’s floral graphics and prints.
Fortnum & Mason
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If you are wandering around the Piccadilly neighborhood you will probably notice people walking around with turquoise shopping bags – the signature colour of Fortnum & Mason. Founded in 1707, they are particularly well known for being the suppliers of tea to the royal houses for over 300 years. You may have also heard of the famous Fortnum & Mason luxury hampers, which over the course of their 300 year history have been shipped everywhere from the slopes of Everest and the battlefields of Iraq to the more welcoming lawns of Glyndebourne, Twickenham, Henley and Epsom.
Prettiest Flowers – Columbia Road Flower Market
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I know it might seem strange to go to a flower markets if you don’t intend on buying any flowers, but trust me this one is worth it. It was one of my very favourite places to visit in London. Only open on Sundays, Columbia Road Flower Market is the perfect place for a lazy breakfast and stroll. Located on Columbia Road amongst small art galleries, cupcake shops, vintage clothing stores, delis, antique stores, pubs and cafes there is plenty to do after you’ve swooned your way through the flower stalls. Overflowing with the most stunning hydrangeas, peonies, roses and tulips you’ve ever seen be sure to have your camera handy.
These markets can get pretty busy but if you arrive before 10am you shouldn’t get too squished!
Prettiest Park – Hyde Park
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If you are lucky enough to have a nice sunny day, a picnic lunch in Hyde Park is a great way to take some time out while still seeing the prettiest of London. We got ourselves some delicious lunch time treats from the famous Harrods Food Hall (located on the ground floor of Harrods) and headed across the road to Hyde Park, where we soaked up the sunshine on a park bench and watched the swans and canoes on the lake. After lunch be sure to take a walk through the rose garden.
London is such a pretty city and I’m sure there are more spots that could be added to this list! Where are your favourite pretty places to visit in London?
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