The 7 Most Colourful Places in London

Posted on 05. May, 2014 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, United Kingdom

Even though the British capital gets a bad reputation in terms of weather – permanent grey cloud, anyone? – it doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Few things are more enjoyable than a sunny day in London! But since these are so few and far between, there are, luckily, other ways to get your daily dose of Technicolor despite the rather depressing weather.

Colourful Places in London

Street art in Shoreditch

Welcome to the land of hipsters, inexpensive curry houses and, of course, amazing street art. Key pieces are found on and around Bethnal Green Road, Sclater Street and Redchurch Street, all the way to Brick Lane. A true oasis for urbanites with an Instagram obsession!

Colourful Places in London

Neal’s Yard

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a little slice of technicolor heaven in the heart of London. From hairdressers to juice shops, to the legendary Neal’s Yard Remedies or Neal’s Yard Dairy, this small square is like stepping on a rainbow of colours, and represents the city quite well –London really is full of surprises.

Colourful Places in London

Camden Markets

In search of a new pair of Doc Martens, a cheap Thai dinner or funky jewellery? Camden Markets has all of these things and much more. What was the birthplace of the punk movement in the early 80s isn’t as counter culture today but it still is an odd and quirky place to spend an afternoon and do a bit of shopping.

Colourful Places in London

St. James Park

Few people are aware that despite being one of the busiest capitals in the world, one third of London is actually a green space. St. James Park is a favourite of both Londoners and tourists, not only because of its enviable location but also its thousands of blooms in the spring. Perfect for a picnic!

Colourful Places in London

South Bank skate park

While the whole place is under threat of being destroyed in favour of building (yet another) shopping mall, the undercroft of the Southbank Centre has been the beating heart of the London skateboarding scene for the last 40 or so years. Fingers crossed the almighty dollar – or rather, pound sterling - doesn’t get in the way of this peculiar South Bank landmark.

Colourful Places in London

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street will definitely fill you need for colour, both thanks to its designer pieces and its cheerful facades. A happy mix of high street brands and emerging labels, it truly is one of London’s most popular and distinctive shopping destinations, and a welcome change of pace from the fast-paced Oxford Street.

Colourful Places in London

Portobello Road Market

Welcome to Portobello Road, the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 stalls, and in which you will find just about every kind of antique and collectible. Bonus points if you can find the blue façade of the travel bookshop where the Notting Hill movie was filmed!

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11 Responses to “The 7 Most Colourful Places in London”

  1. Katie

    05. May, 2014

    Beautiful! i’ve been meaning to go to Portobello Road for years (ever since I first saw ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ as a child), and never quite got round to it. Need to make it there someday in the not so distant future!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. May, 2014

      Indeed you do! Such a fun place to go, even during the week (as there are massive crowds there in the weekends)

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  2. Alex

    06. May, 2014

    I love all these places, only recently visited Shoreditch for the first time, they have a very cool place for lunch/shopping called the boxpark you should check out.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. May, 2014

      Definitely! I heard really cool things about the Boxpark, and remember walking past it.

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  3. Amanda

    12. May, 2014

    YES, I love this list! I haven’t made it to Neal’s Yard yet, but I’ve seen lots of photos of it and totally want to go!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      14. May, 2014

      I think it’s my favorite place in this list! Such a tiny, quirky place of London.

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  4. Jeanette Todd

    21. May, 2014

    I love this list and I specially like St. James Park, I could spend the whole day there watching the beautiful flowers.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      26. May, 2014

      Me too! Such a fabulous place. My second favorite park in the city!

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  5. Jennifer

    05. Jun, 2014

    Sweet! Love this as I’ll be there for 10 days for WTM. Any hints on CHEAP stuff or accomodation?

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  6. David

    07. Jun, 2014

    Ahhhh, there’s so much to love about London. No better place in the world when the sun’s out!

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