the cutest b&b ever: notting hill, london

When I returned to London this past May, I was teeming with anticipation. After studying in the British capital in 2012, I had spent two long years yearning for the buzz, the sophistication, the culture, the charm! I stepped off the plane at Heathrow after a long, delayed flight, and with coffee in hand, hopped on the tube and found my hostel. I had chosen this place because I knew the location was super central, within walking distance of most places I wanted to revisit, but not in a particularly touristy area of the city. I sauntered into the hostel, which really was in a great location, but immediately knew it was a very “hostel-y” hostel… by far, the worst accommodations I have ever stayed in. All I’ll say about that place is that it was in Russell Square, but it was NOT a smart decision to stay there.

Our itinerary was London-Prague-London, so while in Prague, I spontaneously booked a room in the most darling bed & breakfast in Notting Hill for when we returned to London and it was the BEST. SPLURGE. EVER.


Most people are aware that Notting Hill is a particularly quaint (and particularly pricey!) neighborhood in London, whether they’ve experienced it for themselves or simply seen the Hugh Grant film. This bed & breakfast was smack dab in the middle of the cuteness – and the house was so down-to-every-last-detail English I almost couldn’t stand it. But of course, I could stand it. I really, really could. After a few days I was already forming fantasies about how I could make this a more permanent stay.

The rose-printed pillow cases, the creaky hardwood floors, an old fireplace & beautiful mantel, and the bathroom…

SO pink and SO darling! Look at that tub! After the basement concrete floor shower dungeon that we were forced to endure in the hostel just a few days before, this was heavenly. Let it be known I took more baths (with accompanying tea) in that tub than were necessary for basic human hygiene. IMG_2922 IMG_2919IMG_2944

Every morning, the owners of the b&b knocked on my door at promptly 9am and rolled in this little cart of bread and cheese and cereal and coffee. By day 4 or so, I was definitely used to the luxury and knew how difficult it would be to give up when I got back to the US.

IMG_2943So if you’re ever in London & want to stay in an intimate little place in a great part of the city, look up Dawson Place bed & breakfast (I’ve also seen it referred to as Juliet’s Place – the name of the owner). The lack of loud, smelly Frenchmen, the clean bed sheets and abundance of working outlets made it well worth the few extra bucks pounds.

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  • Reply Joe Liberatore

    So adorable!

    October 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • Reply Kristen Hopf

      It really really was. We should stay here when we visit London together. FOR REAL.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply lisettek

    It looks so sweet!! :))

    October 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply litadoolan

    What a find, such a treat having breakfast wheeled in!

    I love your blog. It looks good and also is easy to read – both simple and stylish.

    November 3, 2014 at 8:10 am
    • Reply Kristen Hopf

      It was such a luxury and so delicious!

      That is so nice to hear 🙂 It’s still in its baby stages having just launched it this summer, but I’m glad you think it’s coming along nicely!

      November 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

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