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16 Best Colourful Places in London Guide (2023)

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Looking for London’s most colourful places? Follow the rainbow…

London’s neighbourhoods are a kaleidoscope of colour, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. 

From a warehouse in Walthamstow packed full of neon nostalgia through to the multicoloured murals of east London (plus the most colourful pub in London), add a dash of colour to your life (and social channels!)

Here is our guide to the most colourful places in London:

Colourful places in London

1. God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow

A neon nirvana located on an unassuming industrial estate in Walthamstow, God’s Own Junkyard is a weird and wonderful warehouse chock full of bright lights, neon nostalgia and retro signs.

As seen in loads of fashion magazine shoots (as well as producing neon signs seen in such movies as Batman and Judge Dredd), this is a totally unique place to visit, which is rare to say in London – read our full guide to God’s Own Junkyard >

The most colourful places in London, UK

2. Camden

The streets in Camden are full of colour and the quiet residential Hartland Road boasts some sublime street art that spills over from nearby Hawley Mews. It also has a row of multicoloured terrace houses, that gives Lancaster Road in Notting Hill a run for its money in terms of being competition for London’s most colourful street.

Hartland Road

Camden’s High Street also has some massive colourful murals and bright oversized objects / artwork. Make sure you also check out the ‘sea of umbrellas’ just across the road in Camden Market – it feels like being back in South East Asia.

Camden High Street
Camden Market

3. Mayfield Lavender Field

Looking lovely in lavender – we couldn’t leave out a lavender field from our guide of London’s most colourful areas.

Although more frequent in number outside of the capital, there are a few that are just a short train ride from London, including Mayfield Lavender Field near West Croydon station (get the No. 166 bus).

With attractions including a lavender shop, small cafe and traditional red phone box placed within the field, you can see whilst Mayfield attracts lavender lovers from all over the world.

4. Shoreditch Street Art

Some of the best street art in the world can be found in and amongst the alleyways and lanes of Shoreditch in East London.

Any spare space is used creatively to craft beautiful street art, particularly around the Shoreditch station area – make a morning of exploring all of the best street art in Shoreditch >

5. Churchill Arms, West London

Kensington’s Churchill Arms is a fine Fullers inn that is one of London’s most famous (and colourful!) pubs, mainly due to the exterior being festooned with flowers during the summer months.

They also continue the trend at Christmas, bedecking the outside of the pubs with hundreds of Christmas trees and fairy lights.

Read our full guide to Churchill Arms > 

6. Peggy Porschen, Belgravia

A ‘porschen’… sorry, portion of pink in Belgravia, Peggy Porschen is a super famous and super cute cafe  – although getting through all the people posing by the flowers in the doorway to place your order can sometimes pose a problem.

Whilst there, try some of their legendary cupcakes – our favourite flavours were strawberry and champagne (yeah!), salted caramel and banoffee pie.

7. Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden

A colourful corner of Covent Garden with its wildly painted walls and shockingly bright shutters (basically, all the exterior fixtures they could get their hands on), Neal’s Yard is home to several cafes and restaurants and organic shops, all committed to towards their environmental cause.

Visit at any time of the day and the courtyard is full with people dining or browsing, and generally enjoying their kaleidoscopic surroundings. 

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8. Fulham Palace Walled Garden

The second oldest botanical garden in London (after Chelsea Psychic Garden) and one of London’s most colourful gardens when in full bloom – it was also the first place ever in Europe where wisteria was grown, introduced by Bishop Compton in the 17th century.

Fulham Palace is the former home of the Bishops’ of London, with some form of residence on the site since 704AD.

Arrive in style via the restored Tudor Courtyard entrance and browse the new museum detailing Fulham Palace’s history – free admission. Read more in our Fulham Palace guide >

The most colourful places in London, UK
The most colourful places in London, UK

9. Carnaby Street

One of London’s most popular and well known fashion streets (especially in the swinging sixties), Carnaby to this day continues to be a hive of activity and is renowned for its riot of colour, particularly during festivals and special events when colourful banners are hung across the street.

The colour continues in Kingly Court, home to Cahoots, Dishoom and several other worthy food and drink joints.

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10. Bywater Street, Chelsea

Just off classy King’s Road lies Bywater Street, another terrace of brightly coloured houses and very popular with Instagram wannabes.

The smallest residential street on this list by a country mile, this means it can be quite cosy when you arrive so try not to linger too long and upset the residents.

This can also be combined with a walk to the aforementioned Peggy Porschen cupcake shop in Belgravia (15 mins walk away) or the nearby Chelsea cupcake branch on Kings Road.

11. Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road is a cute side street filled with cafes, bakeries and craft shops during the week, but on Sundays, it bursts into a sea of colour with a massive ensemble of flower market stalls.

This is London’s largest public flower market and is open between 8am and 3pm every Sunday, located between Bethnal Green and ShoreditchRead our complete guide to Columbia Road flower market here >

12. Lancaster Road, Notting Hill

Dropping by Notting Hill for Portobello Road Market, or to  savour the tasty street food stalls at Acklam Village Market? Whilst there, visit Lancaster Road, home to a terrace of multicoloured painted homes – they must have all agreed beforehand about the collaborative paintwork so it is nice to see such community spirit in the area.

And obviously it becomes even more colourful and vibrant during Notting Hill carnival, welcoming over 1 million visitors to watch the parades and floats, and generally party. Read more about Notting Hill in our area guide >

13. Kew Gardens

Possibly the most colourful gardens in London, Kew Gardens is world renowned for its beautiful blooms with over 50,000 different types of flowers and plants in its collection.

Set over 300 acres, you’ll find lots of picture opportunities at Kew Gardens including a charming Chinese pagoda, incredible green houses, a Japanese garden and perhaps our favourite spot for photography, The Temperate House.

The Temperarate House is the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse that has over 1000 species of plants from all over the world; the ornate staircases in the middle section that descend into the foliage are particularly photogenic. It can get incredibly hot inside so dress approriately. Over 10,000 colourful bulbs flower in the Temperate House during April and May

Kew Gardens can be visited all year round (admission frees apply) but the most colourful months for flowers are late spring (April / May – when the rhododendrons are out) and throughout the summer, whilst the trees look most radiant during the autumn months.

14. Leake Street Arches graffiti tunnel / street art

London’s best subterranean street art can be found a short walk away from Waterloo Train Station in the form of Leake Street Arches

The longest legal street art area in the capital, Leake Street Arches is a colourful, creative area in Waterloo where burgeoning and established street artists can spray and display.

This also means the street art changes regularly so there is something new to see every time you return – the colourful and vibrant artwork changes so often you’ll likely still smell the fresh paint as you walk through the Leake Street graffiti tunnel.

On most occasions we’ve visited (particularly at weekends), you’ll see graffiti artists and spray painters at work. Plus there are also classes you can book and take part in.

Remember, look up! Some of the best street art in Leake Street can be found on the roof space (just watch out for the skateboarders). Leake Street arches is also home to several bars, clubs and cafes too.

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15. Chiswick Flower Market (1st Sunday of every month)

This colourful Chiswick Flower market is the first open-air flower market to open in London for 150 years and blooms into life the first Sunday of every month, come rain or shine.

The Chiswick Flower Market also saves west Londoner’s having to travel over to east London to visit Columbia Road Flower Market.

There are around 20-30 stalls from local garden centres, the Chiswick Horticultural and Allotment Society, and London House Plants.The Chiswick Flower Market is held on the 1st Sunday of every month, from 9am-3pm along Chiswick High Road, just outside the stretch of bars and restaurants that includes Chiswick Fire Station and the George IV pub.

16. Wingate Street, West London

We start with Wingate Street, as it is likely the least well known on this list. We only know it as we actually used to live on the very end of Wingate Street, so we used to gaze at the pastel colours of the houses from our bathroom window! 

The terraced houses on one side here are as colourful as anything you’d see in Notting Hill, plus the Anglesea Pub on the corner is divine (keep an eye out for their neighbour’s cat, who often just strolls into the bar). Whilst nearby, check out all the delis and cafes on Askew Road.

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  • Reply
    November 2, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I love finding new colorful places in London, and I have to say that the last time I went (I spend my time between London and Rome), I felt like London had never been more colorful. Maybe that’s because I missed traveling and I consider it home, and hadn’t seen it for the longest time! Thank you for the super detailed article! There are even some streets I didn’t know myself in your post 🙂

  • Reply
    Beth K
    February 26, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    these images now have me wanting to visit London. Beautiful!

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