Breakfast in Notting Hill

This past week in London has been glorious!

Clear blue skies, trees spewing pollen everywhere, Londoners wandering the streets in dresses, sandals and jean shorts. Proper summertime stuff.

I can’t tell you how good it feels.

Notting Hill pastel houses

London really comes alive at this time of year.

People are friendlier and they pour out into the streets from every nook, cranny and office.

They don’t look at you like you might want to skin them alive if you risk a cheery greeting or, god forbid, say “good morning”!

Some even grin and say it back. Which is certainly not something that happens in winter.

Yep, London’s on top form again.

It’s time to whip out those shorts you’ve been saving!

City summer style

Just as my favourite partner and crime (Mr Custard) and I did for a morning stroll through the pastel painted hood.

Pastel houses in Notting Hill, London

London in Summer

City heat is different to any other type of heat.

25 degrees at the beach? Pass me a jumper.

25 degrees in a city? Holy mother of God, get me an ice cream!

Summer in London

Just the excuse I needed to don my new striped Bardot top from Chicwish.

Consistently the kings of off the shoulder pieces, I remember sharing the same tidbit with you this time last year actually!

And make a beeline for a rare free table at Notting Hill’s newest healthy breakfast spot.

Notting Hill cafe for breakfast

The cafรฉ at Bodyism, on Westbourne Grove (in the old Post Office).

Summer cafe in London

It’s a delightful little suntrap and one of the few places in town where you can grab a good Acai bowl.

Acai bowls London

Essentially a frozen smoothie bowl, much like my Breakfast Ice Cream idea, but with added Acai berries from Brazil, all topped with granola and honey.

Acai bowls

Cold, refreshing, surprisingly filling and just the ticket on a hot summer’s day.

smoothie bowls for breakfast

Smack bang in the middle of Notting Hill, Bodyism would make an ideal pit-stop before a little wandering around the sun soaked neighborhood.

Notting Hill Blues

A must for locals and visitors alike.

Especially if you have friends visiting from abroad, they love this stuff!

Blue and white forever!

Off shoulder top (with bow back)

White shorts // Striped espadrilles

Pink Chanel bag

Fingers crossed the weather lasts and we can have ice cream for breakfast all summer long!

Did you have a chance to get out and enjoy it this weekend?

I’ve got a great little restaurant to share with you tomorrow. I have a feeling you’re going to want a pizza the action…


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  • Such a beautiful feel to the outfit. Fun and comfy, just a fabulous look for a delightful Summer ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    • Rosie

      You really can’t beat fun and comfy! Thanks Mia x

  • I just love London when it’s like this too. Everyone just becomes so much happier! And Notting Hill becomes even more stunning. Love a good acai bowl so I definitely need to check out the Bodyism cafe!
    Vicky xx

    • Rosie

      You’re going to love it Vicky! x

  • I’m absolutely obsessed with smoothie bowls at the moment (I actually just posted 3 recipe ideas on my blog as I’ve been going mad on them this week!) but I haven’t tried an Acai one. Bodyism goes on the ‘must visit’ list for me!

    P.s. that top is the stuff that dreams were made of!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  • This is so cute, I love the pastels

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Ahhh, so lovely! A dream of mine to have breakfast in Notting Hill. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love the off the shoulder top. It definitely screams summer. Finally someone gets the whole city heat is different from beach heat! Great post!

    • Rosie

      Right?! So glad we’re on the same page MG! x

  • I’m DEFINITELY making a beeline for Bodyism soon; that’s just my kind of place. It should help make up for Chicken n’ Sours which I also discovered through your blog! Enjoy the sunshine xx

    • Rosie

      ha! The perfect balance! x

  • The Sunday Mode

    Wow you look absolutely gorgeous here, I’m in love with your outfit. I’m also drooling over that acai bowl which looks incredible by the way- perfect for when the sun is shining (though let’s be real I’d eat an acai bowl in any weather…).

    Thank you for all of your off the shoulder top links in this post as well, I’ve been looking for a nice off the shoulder top for so long now and I haven’t found anything!

    • Rosie

      Any time! I really do think it’s one of the nicest and most flattering summer trends.
      Especially with some of their baggy, loose styles. You stay so much cooler (and noone knows quite how much you’ve eaten!) xx

  • Loving off the shoulder tops right now, yours is super cute Rosie.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Thanks Adele x

  • I love these photos! I can’t wait to go to Notting Hill because it looks beautiful. X

    • Rosie

      I envy you getting to experience it all for the first time! Try and go when it’s sunny (and ideally not on a weekend) for the full effect! x

  • Beautiful pictures! London looks spectacular and sunny.


  • Eppie Shepherd

    What a gorgeous back drop to a lovely summer outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tinky Petersson Hall

    You look amazing Rosie! Do you workout at Bodyism? I’ve heard great things about it xx

  • Those espadrilles are so adorable, I can’t cope. Lovely post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin | Instagram

  • Sarah Taylor-Forbes

    I love London in the summer! And Notting Hill looks beautiful in the sunshine. Saying that, I’m currently enjoying summer in Somerset, which is also lovely.

    Sarah x

  • I love the colours of the houses! Great outfit- I wish I was brave enough to venture out in shorts! xx

  • Great post. Have wanted to visit Notting Hill for ages, looks like it comes to life in the sunshine.

  • Rach

    All that pastel is beautiful! Totally adding it to my list whenever I get a chance to visit London! And I love the bow detail of your top!

  • Ballets&Bows

    I love your posts with Custard! He seems like such a gentleman. My puppy would not be nearly as well behaved without a leash!
    Great post!

  • Loving your outfit so much, that shirt is flawless! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx, Matea

  • Kari Guastella

    It was a beautiful weekend! We went out and explored our city as well, but we opted for late into the evening for some drinks while wandering.

  • Kathryn Desrosiers

    Rosie, I’m a traveler from Canada here on vacation and last Thursday while in London, my husband and I stoped in Notting Hill encouraged by so many of your blog posts. Unfortunately, i never found the brightly painted houses your lovely pictures depict. We are coming back tomorrow to see Sloane St and Little Venice, could you be so kind to list the streets where you take your photos? Kind Regards, Kathryn

  • Love the photos! and the houses there are soo cute x

  • London has indeed been b-e-a-uuutiful this week. I need to get myself down to Notting Hill soon, I bet it’s looking lovely at this time of year! And Bodyism looks good too. Thanks for the recommendations Rosie, as always! X

  • Jen

    That photo of Mr. Custard between the pastel-colored buildings gets me every time! x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Madison

    That acai bowl looks perfect!! Can’t wait until the weather warms up in the states and we can indulge in something like this as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • London is the best during the summertime!

  • Love the top – your adorable and your photos are beautiful


  • That breakfast looks so nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love Bodyism’s Clean + Lean To Go Cafe in Fenwicks – looks like I need to check out the Notting Hill one too, especially as there’s nothing more delish than an acai bowl on a warm summer’s day! xx

  • Aurรจ

    hello…Nice post!…Your outfit is breathtaking!…hey, in the photo ” Notting-Hill-Blues-6.jpg” Mr Custard want a cup of coffee!..haha…

  • Beautiful photos! I love that off shoulder top. xx

  • Those blue houses (and acai bowls) are a treat! And I was on the BAFTA red carpet last Sunday when it was 26 degrees – melting in my dress!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Super beautiful!!! I also love the houses’ colors in the background <3
    xx Isabelle

  • London is truly beautiful in the sun. It still has a certain something in the winter too, but you can’t beat it in the summer.
    Notting Hill is top of my places to visit, as it’s one area I’ve never explored, but seeing all the pastel coloured houses all over instagram has finally sold me!

    Rachel x

    The Inelegant Wench

  • Oh this post looks absolutely beautiful and you are so stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

  • what camera or filters are these pictures with?!! BEAAAUTIFUL!! faded, saturated, and look like film ! xx ๐Ÿ™‚ big fan

  • Oh my gosh you had me at breakfast! Looks delicious!

  • Love a healthy brekkie place! And your outfit is on summer point! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Sooo lovely! <3

  • Victoria

    Looks like a lovely morning ^.^