Notting Hill is a beautiful district in West London, located in the north of Kensington within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. It is home to some of the most stunning mews and boutiques in London and is famously featured in the 90’s film Notting Hill. It’s a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of central London and somewhere that definitely should be on your London ‘to-visit’ list!
How to get there
Notting Hill is an incredibly well connected place and can be reached by tube (Notting Hill Gate) and bus (as well as by foot – depending on where you are staying/coming from). Take a look at the Visit London website here for useful bus and tube links.
Top 5 things to do in Notting Hill
1. Stroll along the streets of Notting Hill’s best mews
Walking around the gorgeous mews streets of Notting Hill, it’s easy to see why they provide inspiration for so many movies. These stylish streets, full of period character and charm provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of central London, as well as some incredible home inspiration. Equally, the stunning pastel-coloured houses are so beautiful to look at and to shoot on film.
2. Enjoy a meal/coffee/ice-cream/afternoon tea in Notting Hill’s eateries
Notting Hill and Portobello are by no means short of delicious places to eat and drink. There were so many appealing window displays of pastries, fresh breads, cakes and other delectable treats. As a keen foodie, I tried quite a few different places whilst here and have listed my top picks below.
Right, this was a tricky one to narrow down. For me, Paul Rhodes Bakery and Gail’s Bakery completely deserve a mention. The first is in Notting Hill Gate and the latter is on Portobello Road. I also really loved the look of The Butter Bakery in Westbourne Park Road – the food there looked absolutely gorgeous but as it was such a hot day when I visited that I opted for an ice-cream at a local parlor instead!
Talking of ice-cream (smoothest segway ever), Notting Hill has so many lovely places to choose from. After walking around and examining each of the menus, I settled on Unico Italian Delicacies, which offered classic, vegan and gourmet ice-creams. After intense deliberating, I decided on a salted caramel and pistachio ice-cream in a cone. In hindsight, I would have probably gone with a cup instead because trying to eat it in 37 degree heat before it melted into a puddle was a hugely challenging task. This aside, this ice-cream was incredible – quite a soft ice-cream but packed with flavour.
Two other ice-cream shops that almost made the cut was Amorino (enormous selection of ice-cream here) and Snowflake Luxury Gelato which equally looked really good. If my next visit to Notting Hill is as hot as my last, than these two will definitely be the first places I head to!
If you visit one place, make sure it is Grange and Co. It’s a little on the pricey side but is completely worth every penny! Take a look at their website here and their delicious menu.
3. Have a good old browse along Portobello Road
Possibly my favourite road in London, Portobello Road is a treasure trove of bric-a-brac, books, clothes and much more on pop-up market stands and stalls. With vintage, crockery, fashion and jewelry shops lining the street, it’s a wonderful way of spending a Saturday morning and a great place for bagging a bargain or two!
4. Treat yourself in Notting Hill boutiques and shops
If you are looking for an outfit for a particular occasion or just a pay-day treat, then Notting Hill is a great option to find yourself something special. There are so many stylish boutiques filed with beautifully designed and curated displays of clothes and home-ware. If high-street shopping is more your thing, there are a number of high-end stores including Joseph, Matches Fashion and All Saints.
5. Spot the places shot in the well-loved Notting Hill movie
Walking through Notting Hill is a bit like walking through a movie set. It’s easy to see how an entire film was set around this gorgeous place. As I was shamelessly peeking into the private gardens, I was having serious flashbacks of Julia Roberts jumping over the gates followed by a not-so-elegant Hugh Grant. There are also a number of quaint little bookshops – The Notting Hill Bookshop (the actual bookshop of the movie) and the Book and Comic Exchange, great no matter what the weather is like!
Where are your favourite spots in Notting Hill? Let me know in the comments!