London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world so it’s no surprise that the character of its people is reflected in its buildings. All across the city from Chelsea to Notting Hill to Camden, there are brightly painted homes and buildings that add a splash of colour to the city that was once known as The Big Smoke.
Find these 12 most colourful streets in London to leave you feeling brighter and to bring some fun and a rainbow palette to your Instagram feed.
1. Bywater Street
First up is Bywater Street in Chelsea which sits unassumingly. just off the bustling King’s Road. This row of pretty pastel houses is an Instagrammer’s favourite spot so you’ll most likely have seen it pop up on your feed. Regardless, it’s super pretty and a great spot for those soft colours!
2. Conduit Mews
Mews streets are some of the cutest places in London and there are many of these cobbled back streets scattered through the city. They were once stables for the fancy houses that sit behind them but are now some of the most sought after homes in the city. Conduit Mews is the most colourful mews street and looks like someone’s dragged a rainbow brush down the outside of these houses!
3. Chalcot Crescent
Primrose Hill has plenty of bright (and very expensive) houses with lovely exteriors! Chalcot Crescent is my favourite here because it’s as cheerful as the fictional bear who lived here… This street was used for shooting scenes in the Paddington Bear films, do you recognise it? Just round the corner you’ll find Chalcot Square which is another super colourful street in Primrose Hill.
4. Falkland Road
Kentish Town is a little further out of London but you can easily get to it on the Northern Line and then walk back in through Camden to make sure you don’t miss some of the lovely streets here!
Falkland Road is a beautiful street with plenty of colourful houses and corners to snap!
5. Neal’s Yard
Neal’s Yard is one of my favourite places in London and is located in the Seven Dials area of the city between Short’s Gardens and Monmouth Street. Whilst it looks tucked away it’s a pretty well known and popular place in the city now!
Come on a Sunday morning to try and get it all to yourself! These colours are definitely worth an early alarm 😜
6. Neal Street
Neal Street is literally right next to Neal’s Yard (clue could be in the names 😝) which makes it easy to tick two off this list in one go! This is a pretty row of shops in the Seven Dials area with colours that look like they’ve come straight out of a packet of sherbet 💛
7. Kelly Street
Up in Camden you’ll find Hartland Road with these brightly painted facades! Camden is a lively part of London which is reflected in its architecture and buildings. Make sure to visit Camden Market for delicious food and quirky market stalls (plus look out for a charming umbrella alley!).
8. Lancaster Road
Notting Hill is one of the areas of London with the most colourful houses and Lancaster Road is the epitome of this with its flashy town houses that feature frequently on Instagram.
9. Kelly Street
Kentish Town is not known as somewhere to put on your London itinerary but it really does have some charming coloured houses!
Kelly Street is another one to visit to brighten up your snaps but make sure to crop the bins out as much as possible! There’s a lot here (and ofc because it’s a residential street there are also quite a few cars about) so make sure to be sneaky with your angles!
10. Farm Place
Farm Place is my favourite of a series of coloured streets you can find just south of Notting Hill Gate tube station. It’s considerably quieter than the buzzing streets of the more well known Notting Hill area. Farm Place has pretty pastel homes lined up on either side of the road and every time I visit the bike above is perfectly positioned!
11. Godfrey Street
Godfrey Street is hard to miss on a wander through the streets of Chelsea because its wall of colour along the townhouses hits you pretty hard 🤩
12. Portobello Road
It can’t be a list of colourful streets without Portobello Road making an appearance! The market along this street is very famous and popular with all visitors to the city (and locals alike). The top half where you can find the market has many antique stalls along the street and the buildings are topped by brightly coloured designs.
The bottom end of Portobello Road has lots of vibrant painted cottages and the gorgeous yellow Sun in Splendour pub lets you know you’re in the right place!
Which is your favourite colourful London street? 🌈