Your Quick Guide to Colourful London
To celebrate the Makelight monthly hashtag for April - #MakeColourfulLight - we want to dispel the myth of London as grey and gloomy by showing you the best and brightest spots in London for loads of colour!
Bookmark this cheerful guide so you can locate Makelight's favourite colour-filled spots to guarantee gorgeous images - whatever the weather!
1. Tower Hamlets | Columbia Road Flower Market (open Sundays only)
As you probably know, here at Makelight we're huge fans of the Columbia Road Flower Market. The market is only open on Sundays from 8.00 in the morning until around 3.00 in the afternoon.
It is always packed, but we still love going there to get beautiful images of the sweet Victorian street overflowing with blooms! There are also lovely shops lining the street behind the flower stalls.
I always leave here with stunning flowers (at great prices!) along with lots of colourful images.
2. Primrose Hill | Chalcot Square
At Makelight we love the quiet but colourful residential neighbourhood of Primrose Hill. So much so that we made it the location of one of our Makelight photo walks!
If you only have a bit of time, I recommend heading straight for Chalcot Square which is made up of charming terraced painted pastel row houses.
From here you can also see American poet Sylvia Plath's pale pink house (it's marked with a blue plaque). Follow the street around to Chalcott Crescent which is another charming street of vividly painted houses and doors.
If time permits, stop for a coffee in one of the sweet cafes on Regent's Park Road where you will also find two lovely flowers shops - perfect for photos!
3. Notting Hill | Portobello Road
Portobello Road is a long street of vividly painted houses perfect for colourful photographs! From here you can meander the pastel streets of Notting Hill picking your favourite colour combinations.
We love popping in at Biscuiteers (an icing cafe with a very photogenic exterior!) and window shopping the posh boutiques along Westbourne Grove.
St. Lukes Mews is nearby and particularly popular on Instagram at the moment. Another street we love for stunning pops of pastel is Lonsdale Road.
4. Chelsea | Bywater Street
I always love Bywater Street just off the King's Road and down from Sloane Square. You know you've arrived when you spot the Penhaligon's perfume shop on the corner, which I always think adds to the whimsy of this tiny but colourful terraced street.
Oh and be sure to leave plenty of time for exploring the area, because I've discovered some very similar streets close by!
Don't forget to tag your vibrant images with #MakeColourfulLight in April (only a bit of time left!) for a chance to win a lovely Makelight prize from Emily!
Another favourite spot of ours for capturing loads of colour is Kew Gardens. And if you are in London on the 29th of May, we're hosting an extra-special Makelight photo walk at Kew and would love for you to join us! You can sign up here.