Doors of London II

London.

I know.

I know.

It’s been a while since I’ve been back to share some scenery from my time in London.

If you’re a regular to my blog, then you know that shortly after I returned from the United Kingdom, my oldest teen graduated from high school. Β Then the youngest and I traveled to Florida for three weeks. Of course, upon return, much mothering and household responsibilities consumed (and are still consuming) my time.

Here and there I’ve had a chance to catch up on a few blogs. So when I saw that Norm will be taking a two week break from hosting Thursday Doors, I quickly rounded up one of my sets of doors from London to share.

Doors of London II.

My first set of doors was from Belgravia.

If you missed that series, you can find those here.

After grabbing a bite to eat at the Duke of York Square Food Market in Chelsea (no, I haven’t forgotten that I have a funny story to share from there), we got on the Underground at the Sloane Square station.

Notting Hill.

One of my goals during my brief time in London was to see color.

Colored buildings….colored doors.

Color, color, color!

And I had read that Notting Hill was the place to find it.

Directions.

We took the Underground to Notting Hill Gate station.

Google maps was one of my best friends while touring London. Or touring the U.K. for that matter. I put Portobello Road Market in as our ultimate destination. There are also signs around that say “you are here” and the way to Portobello Road Market, but I still like the comfort of having it on my phone.

It started lightly raining while we were still in Chelsea. We had rain coats, but didn’t want to go all the back to the hotel for umbrellas. As such, I didn’t pull out the camera as often as I would have liked. Trust me when I say that Portobello Road has some amazing finds. So many, that even the few that I managed to capture can’t be shared in one post.

Where to begin?

Well, I suppose at the beginning.

 

Portobello Road.

It was a Saturday, so we knew that we wanted to check out the famous Portobello Road Market.

But first, I had to stop and admire some of the doors along the way.

 

#12 Portobello Road.

As we rounded the first corner of Portobello Road, the doors and entries were quite fabulous.

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#14 Portobello Road.

Located beside #12, #14 was quite fabulous as well.

So many people were stopping to snap a photo of #14 that I thought perhaps somebody famous lived here or that it was showcased in a movie. I didn’t find anything of the sort when I tried to search. While it is quite spectacular and I love the addition of the topiaries, of the two, I was partial to #12.

Which of these two doors do you prefer?

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#24 Portobello Road.

Moving along, we come to #24 in its vibrant shade of pink.

I tried to look up shades of pink to be able to offer a name to the color.

Fuchsia? Magenta?

What would YOU call this color?

 

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#28 Portobello Road.

To me, #28 is an interesting combination of color.

I’m partial to the building color. I love a pastel pink. It reminds me of the color that I painted Miss Sunshine’s room when I found out that I was going to have a girl. And would you believe that she has never cared for pink! As a toddler, her favorite color was red. It quickly evolved and has remained in the blue family, in shades of aqua and teal.

What do you think of the blue/pink combo of #28?

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#44 Portobello Road.

#44 is a pop of bold!

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#46 Portobello Road.

Compared to its neighbor, #46 looks almost demure. However, while the door chooses to be understated, you can see that building color does all the speaking.

 

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#58 Portobello Road.

We close out this segment of the Portobello Road series with #58.

I didn’t take the shot of door from directly in front because I wanted to be able to share the plethora of greenery found surrounding it.

Since my maiden name is Lyon, I am also drawn to the the door knocker and statue.

#58 opted to have the door in the same shade of eggplant as the building and tone down the darkness by having a cream colored trim. I think it works nicely.

What do you think?

To be continued.

I do have more photos as we near Portobello Road Market that I’ll share in the future.

Which door was your favorite in this series?

So much of who we are is where we have been. -William Langewiesche

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

28 thoughts on “Doors of London II

    • Thank you. I loved the colorful buildings. We don’t have much of that in these parts of Virginia.

  1. Yes indeed those colors just pop, especially when set against clean white trim found on a fair number of them. Very nice collection Amy πŸ™‚

  2. Number 14 is my favorite. I love that red door with the stone, paned windows, and checkered entry steps. Classic stunner.

    I also really like #58. I thought it was black and white. With the rod iron fencing, greenery, and cool door knocker it has an elegance about it I like.

    Portobello Rd! I shopped there. Good memories! Looking forward to Part II.

    • That red door was a stunner.
      I can see how the #58 door could be seen as black. I once had an aubergine dress as a bridesmaid. I would say this color of purple on this door and building was even darker.
      Portobello Rd was fun. I wish we’d be an a little less wet and that I’d be able to pull out the camera more, but I have lots a memories to savor from there. πŸ™‚

      • It was so cold when we went; it was Winter just Baby Girl and I. I bought her a scarf, and gloves on Portobello Rd. Still have the scarf and gloves. Although they’re mine now she does’t want them anymore.

      • It was one of our later stops and close to closing time so we mostly perused and bought some food. There was this amazing vendor who sold old cameras. I would have loved to have time to have just admired.

  3. I would have said that #28 was blue and mauve … but then again I’m told I don’t see colours quite the same way as other people.

    The last one is my favourite. Love that dramatic colour and the lions do add to the seriousness of the overall look.

    • I would liken the color of #28 as similar to pepto-bismol pink…but in a good way. πŸ™‚
      I loved the wisteria they had growing around the last one. That and the lions really made it all pop.

  4. I love these! The house with the blue door may be the one featured in the film Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. I think it was released in 1999. My husband has watched that movie at least 20 times! He loves chick flicks, lol!

    • The one in Notting Hill is on a different street…but I wondered the same thing when I first saw it.

    • I’m glad you liked them. πŸ™‚ I wish I’d had time to capture all of them. It was a door lover’s dream.

  5. Goodness gracious, these photos are amazing and crisp. I could look at them all day !! Gosh, I don’t know if I could choose a favorite. They are all so beautifully quaint. Maybe the pink (fushia/magenta) door with the purple side…. #24? I love the contrast!!! Can’t wait to read more!

    • Thank you Mackenzie!! #24 does an amazing job of popping off that cream and the fact that their neighbor has purple house adds to its awesomeness. Great choice! I forgot how much I liked that one!

    • Thank you Miriam!! That red one really does seem to ooze wealth! I’m sure those homes fetch a pretty penny. πŸ˜‰

    • I do love it on that door. I have seen cars in that same shade and I have to agree with you. lol. One of my early cars was a color that I think they called “lime gold green”. It was fun that it was a ’67 mustang, but the color was not appealing!!

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