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love letters from london part I

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Tom and I touched down in London earlier this week with just under 36 hours to explore our favourite capital. Picking off from where we left off last time, we decided to stay somewhere a little different to central London and opted for a hotel just opposite Hyde Park – the Hilton – which was conveniently right next to the Queensway tube station as well. Battling jet lag and the uncomfortable 24 hour transit, we ended up spending the entire first day catching up on the zzz’s whilst I accidentally also caught another cold on the plane. The 15 hours of sleep was worth it however as we were back in action again the very next day, packing our schedule as busily as we could so we could explore all that we could. We stayed largely off the tourist path this time, after having visited the top attractions (St Pauls, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, etc) during our previous trip to London. Here’s my guide to some of my favourite places we dropped by this week..

NOTTING HILL, PADDINGTON & ITS PASTEL COVERED STREETS

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Wearing: Gorman dress | Gorman scarf | Bared vulture pink casual sneaker | Ace of Something Aspen fedora | Fossil Sydney satchel in heritage blue

I’ve always wanted to visit this area of London but always felt it a little bit out of the way to travel to (despite the fact that it isn’t)! However, as we stayed at the edge of Notting Hill/Paddington this time, we were able to walk around the streets to discover its pretty painted streets – much like the colours of Venice. Give yourself an hour or so to walk aimlessly around – you’ll never know what you might just discover!

CLIFTON NURSERIES

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If you like wandering around inner city suburbia checking out plant covered hotspots – Clifton Nurseries might just be a place you’d love to visit. It’s a large nursery with a gorgeous little cafe inside as well. Well worth a little stopover if you are ever in the area visiting Little Venice in Paddington!

Part II coming soon!

Photos: Thomas Debono & I

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Feyi A
    August 22, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    great post!

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      thanks, happy you enjoyed it :)

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    lavieenliz
    August 22, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    such cute pics

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      thanks :)

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    Andrea Ryan
    August 22, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Love it, so beautiful!

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      thanks!

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    ollyvia
    August 22, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    so pretty :)

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      thank you!

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    Shannon V
    August 22, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Your photos are so different from other blog posts of London! It looks so pretty & bright. The nursery is really pretty & it’s such a weird place to add to a travel list but I definitely want to walk around there now!

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      haha tried to do some more local things this time!

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    Bella B @ xoxoBella
    August 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Wonderful photos! I would love to visit there one day.

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      thanks :-)

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    Sasa Zoe
    August 22, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    So cute! I miss London:P

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      haha me too!

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    Laviniah Chero
    August 22, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Great post! What’s not to love about London! x

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      thanks :-)

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    Winnie_dc
    August 22, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Lovely photos! Despite being on a flight for 24hrs, you look amazing! London is full of treats on every corner. I’d wonder around Warwick Avenue too and Columbia Road areas – some of my favourite areas of London!

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      the Warwick Avenue area was beautiful ! I so wanted to visit Columbia Road too but didn’t have time. Next time though!

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    aprileveryday
    August 22, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    I always love seeing London through a visitors eyes. Although I don’t live in London, we’re only an hour away on the train, so we used to visit a lot when I was a kid. I’ve never actually been to any of these places before, but Notting Hill has been on my list to visit for a while now. I can’t wait to see the rest!
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      kisforkani
      August 23, 2015 at 4:44 AM

      haha it’s always so different when you live locally right? I love seeing Melbourne through a visitor’s eyes too! Notting Hill is amazing, you should definitely visit!

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    Sara Nuša Golob Grabner
    August 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    These photos are so beautiful!

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      thanks :)

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    Lena
    August 22, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    London, this post, your photography and just you in general are all absolutely beautiful :D ♡

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      so happy you like this post!

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    Vickie Simons
    August 22, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    the nursery looks lovely!

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      kisforkani
      August 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      it does doesn’t it!!

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    Maria
    August 22, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    London is so lovely! i really want travel to this beautiful place! the wish list is done for me…

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      kisforkani
      August 23, 2015 at 4:44 AM

      You should definitely make a trip to London some time! I have a couple more posts with my favourite London spots coming up soon! :)

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    Marjorie
    August 23, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Love those photos!

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      kisforkani
      August 23, 2015 at 4:44 AM

      Thanks marjorie :)

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    Laura Rain
    August 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Stunning photos as always! Have a great time <3 <3

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    Bivisyani Q.
    August 26, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Phew, I can finally catch up with your posts! I’m so glad you arrived there safely. It must have been one hell of a flight (although I know these well-wishes are quite long overdue). Did you get to meet any blogger or friends while you were there?

    Notting Hill and Paddington look incredible! I love the contrast between those brick houses and bright-coloured doors. The kind of things you can’t really find anywhere else, I reckon. Not wherever I’ve been, at least. Aside from that, you, Connie, are just so adorable! It warms my heart to see your adorable smile when you’re sitting at that table (of a café?) up there.

    Have a tremendous holiday!

    Love from Indonesia,
    Alive as Always

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