Notting Hill Pocket Guide
Notting Hill is quite literally a neighbourhood saturated in colour. To the picturesque rows of pastel coloured terraced houses, to the beautiful shop fronts on Portobello Road, it’s a movie set worthy district in the heart of West London.
Notting Hill is a vibrant neighbourhood with diversity, fantastic shopping, café culture and an abundance of things to do. There is no shortage of brunch venues, good coffee, or antique stores. It’s also a neighbourhood with beauty around every corner. Hidden amongst the bustle of Notting Hill’s Portobello Market and shopping streets are beautiful Mews houses on cobbled streets that can be found on every London fashion bloggers instagram.
From the Portobello Road market to the Caribbean street festival of Carnival, it’s no wonder why so many tourist and Londoners alike flock to Notting Hill.
Notting Hill Gate in the main tube station in the area. It is on the Central, District and the Circle line. There are also a number of bus routes serving Notting Hill Gate. You can find all the information here.
Notting Hill To Do List
What to do?
Portobello Road Markets
Famous Portobello Market runs the two mile length of Portobello Road where you can find everything from fresh food, antiques and cut flowers. The market is open everyday of the week but Saturday’s are the liveliest.
Museum of Brands & Packaging
One of London’s quirkier Museums showcasing a treasure trove of retro design and memories. A trip down memory lane from the beginning of marketing and advertising until today’s latest ads campaigns.
See the latest Movie release in luxury surrounds. It’s one of the oldest cinema’s in the country (and definitely one of the most romantic.)
Notting Hill Carnival
If you’re in London on the bank holiday in August, come down to Notting Hill and enjoy London’s biggest street party with caribbean music, colours and flavours.
Where to Eat
• For Brunch: Farm Girl Cafe, Egg Break, Granger & Co
• Treats: Hummingbird Bakery, Lowry & Baker, Biscuiteers Biscuit Boutique & Icing Cafe
• Lunch & Dinner: Electric Diner, The Ledbury, Marianne (For finer dining)
• Bars and Drinks: Castle, Portobello Star, Cows, The Eagle, GinTonica
Favourite Instagram Spots
Notting Hill is a district that is saturated in colour. Pretty much ever street you walk on their will be plenty opportunities for photos. For photos of the beautiful terraced and mews houses your best bet is to get off at Notting Hill Gate station and then towards and along Portobello Road.
Streets to explore
Be sure to walk along these streets for beautiful photos: Westbourne Park Road, Kensington Park Road, Denbign Terrace, Hillgate Place, Farmer Street, St Stephens Mews, Holland Park Mews and Colville Mews.
The Churchill Arms
On the corner of Campden Street and Kennington. One of the most decorated pubs in London known for the beautiful floral displays.
Biscuiteers Biscuit Boutique & Icing Cafe
Beautiful shop front and a gorgeous interior. Bonus is if you go inside you can treat yourself to a hand made sweet.
The famous pink doorstep is a favourite of many fashion blogger
Notting Hill Bookshop
A location to visit if you loved the 1999 film ‘Notting Hill’ The Travel Bookshop from the movie was based on a real store on Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello road. The original bookstore closed down in 2011 but this one took it’s place.
The cinema is a great place to see the latest films. It’s also incredible beautiful inside and out and well worth a picture.