Love is All Around Notting Hill

My first Valentine’s Day in London is quickly approaching and I am busy researching all the romantic things there are to do.  Judging by what I’ve seen so far, it seems we don’t have to venture very far from Vincent House and Notting Hill for a perfect Valentine’s experience.

I am hoping to make a full day of it.  I pray the weather obliges as I would love to take advantage of the many lovely open spaces and parks we have near Notting Hill.  It has been said that the most romantic lover’s arch in London is in Kensington Palace Gardens – it borders the flower beds in front of the royal residence.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge strolling around the grounds of the Palace?  Seeing William and Kate would make the day very special.

We could also take a walk over to Holland Park and visit the beautiful Kyoto Gardens – a Japanese Zen Garden complete with koi carp and a bridge at the foot of a waterfall.  It sounds like such a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of this bustling city. Walking further we could also have a romantic stroll around the Serpentine in Hyde Park.  We are so spoiled to have these glorious outdoor spaces so close to Vincent House. If we venture a bit further, we could take a romantic walk along the river Thames to see all the wonderful and timeless views of London that have graced many a romantic movie.

All that fresh air in the daytime I am sure will give us a great appetite for a nice meal.  There is no shortage of fantastic places to eat in and around Notting Hill and we are very spoiled for choice.  I do love my meals in the dining room during the week – the food is so delicious at Vincent House – however, it is a treat to eat out now and then and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse.

I still have quite a bit of planning to do to make my first Valentine’s Day in London a great one.  I may have to watch the film Notting Hill again to get in the mood.  Just the other evening there was a stunning view of Venus shining bright in the night sky to the west and, with the rare event of a snow moon, a lunar eclipse and the New Year comet coinciding this weekend, I’d say the stars are aligning to make this Valentine’s an extra special one.

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