Just off the craziness of Portobello Road,
there's a small street that I particularly love.
It's just a stone's throw away
from the madness,
but it's a tiny sliver of quiet & bliss:
It is just... so cute.
It has small independent pubs & restaurants
dotting the tiny colorful street.
We love to go the Pelican
for yummy pub meals
and for the sweet staff
that always treats Viola
like a doll.
But on days when it's just me...
well, I like to go to a place
that's a bit quieter
and entirely quaint:
This tiny shop is half bookshop...
half, you guessed it, kitchen!
It feels like a place
that would make Kathleen Kelly smile.
The giant windows pour in sunshine
and the tiny back deck
is the perfect place
to spend alone with a good book
or a wandering thought...
or you know, shame eating a piece of cake.
(I'll never judge you for that, you know that.)
Even though it has a a significantly smaller
offering than the large chain book stores,
this place gets my vote
for the best bookshop in London.
They have a children's nook
that is so cute and cozy.
When Viola gets older
and starts enjoying books
for more than licking,
I have visions of spending
chilly afternoons down there with her.
and the staff is crazy nice, too.
You're gonna love it here.
31 All Saints Road
London W11 1HE
Photography by Noah Darnell