Apart from the Movie which we secretly love, there is so much to do.
Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London, it is near Hyde Park. Notting Hill is known for being a cosmopolitan neighbourhood, hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road Market. Several parts of Notting Hill are characterised by handsome stucco-fronted pillar-porched houses, often with private gardens, notably around Pembridge Place and Dawson Place and streets radiating from the southern part of Ladbroke Grove, many of which lead onto substantial communal gardens. There are grand terraces, such as Kensington Park Gardens, and large villas as in Pembridge Square and around Holland Park.
Notting Hill is so much more than just the setting for a famous movie. It plays host to Europe’s biggest street festival, is brimming with fashionable restaurants, bars and shops, and is home to one of London’s best markets: Portobello Road Market.
Portobello Road was once famous for its antique market, but it’s actually so much more. On Saturdays the road goes into full selling mode and party swing – you name it, you can find it: crafts, fashions, music, books, collectables, specialist antiques and bric-a-brac. Navigate through haggling crowds and you’ll also find plenty of food.
Attracting countless thousands of people to its quirky backstreets and pretty gardens, Notting Hill is the perfect place to spend a weekend. Whether you’re into shopping, eating, film, or just people watching, it’s a great area to lose a few hours in.
Boom Burger reminds us that Portobello is in the heart of London’s carnival district. Head here for boom tunes and explosive and vibrant Jamaican flavours. There’s also another branch of Honest Burgers worth checking out, while Electric Diner gets top marks for its Americana atmosphere and menu.
The jewel in the Notting Hill restaurant scene, The Ledbury has been almost literally inundated with award of late, including two Michelin Stars and a place in many lists of the best restaurants in the world.
As for ramen, Tokotsu is just off Portobello Road, and well worth the price for silky-smooth noodles in a rich and unctuous broth.
The Bitcuiteers Boutique & Icing Cafe shrine to confectionary creates every conceivable type of sweet treat, from elaborately iced cakes and personalised chocolates to an incredible selection of lavishly decorated biscuits.
A cluster of Spanish and Portuguese restaurants and grocers at the top of the road is a sign that the area has long supported a thriving Spanish community. Galicia restaurant is an old-fashioned local that serves excellent tapas. Try the polpo a la gallega – melt-in-the-mouth octopus with olive oil and pimento.
The best things are the rows of colorful houses in Notting Hill. From absorbing the rainbow on Lancaster Road to reveling in the pastels on Chepstow Villas, the neighborhood’s bright hues always put me in a good mood. Notting Hill has some of the prettiest streets in London, and its colors play a big role.
Nestled under the arches of the Westway is BaySixty6 Skate Park, which runs regular skate sessions, classes, a skate academy and more.
The original Rough Trade record shop opened in 1976 in the midst of the punk revolution. It remains today, just off Portobello Road, though there are now additional sites across the U.K. and one in New York City. The store continues to champion independent record labels and emerging artists, and they stock a host of rare and limited-edition vinyl offerings.
Cowork Hub provides excellent and affordable workspace. Situated 30 seconds from Notting Hill Gate tube station, It’s a great space to hot-desk from, where you can meet other ambitious entrepreneurs.