Paddington to Notting Hill via Little Venice - #walkwithchar
It seems most people want to see Notting Hill when they come to London for the first time. I totally get it, especially after the movie Notting Hill with Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts.
What the majority do is pop out at Notting Hill Gate tube station, walk up Portobello Rd and back to the tube station. Hey guys, you missed the best bits!
Oh boy….do I have a treat for you! The walk I suggest takes in Paddington, Little Venice, Golborne Rd and Notting Hill with Portobello Rd!
This walk took me an hour and a half with taking photos, loo and coffee break. Steps were 6700.
The route is a photographers dream! I took 172 photos!!!
I suggest doing this outside of commuter/rush hours as the canal path can be a bit overrun with cyclists motoring to or from work! Have a heads up attitude whenever you go!
Get out at Paddington Station tube, walking to the back, exiting at the Hammersmith and City line part which will get you right onto the canal. When exiting the station turn left and start walking the canal route. As you curve under the first bridge you enter Little Venice which is a scenic canal area surrounded by gorgeous old houses mixed with 1950s and 1960s council estates. Keeping following the canal….
As you leave Little Venice and come to the back of Westbourne Grove (still on the canal) and eventually Notting Hill you will see an impressive overpass with the iconic Trellick Tower in the background.
Trellick Tower is another Brutalist architecture favourite building of mine and Grade II listed which means it is protected.
Passing Trellick Tower you will cross a little road bridge onto Golborne Rd with it’s mix of Portuguese and African cafes. Stop on the other side of this bridge for great photo opportunities of the tower.
Near the end of Golborne Rd you will turn left into Portobello Rd and start into Notting Hill proper meandering your way to Notting Hill Gate tube station. Look for the Cloth Shop and other little gems along the way.
Bring your map for this walk.
Let me know how you get on!
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