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Things to do in Notting Hill
Notting Hill is one of London’s most desirable areas, with over 12,000 attractions that chart the growth of consumer culture. From renowned events and restaurants to top-end galleries and theatres, Notting Hill caters for the discerning, adventurous and creative traveller.
Every year, Notting Hill plays host to Europe’s biggest street festival, attracting thousands of people to its quirky side streets and beautiful parks. Notting Hill is the perfect place to spend a weekend; shopping in one of London’s best markets Portobello Road Market, seeking out independent art galleries such as The Graffik or visiting the crowning jewel in Notting Hill’s entertainment scene - The Gate Theatre, which has world-wide recognition for supporting a wealth of new theatrical talent.
Notting Hill restaurants
Notting Hill is known for the most fashionable places to eat and drink. From plush and pricey restaurants to Caribbean influencers and street food, Notting Hill’s food scene – like its population – is pretty diverse. You can choose from 108 Garage which serves extremely flavoursome and artistically pleasing dishes in a laid-back industrial lair; The Farm Girl café which serves tasty renditions of clean-eating dishes such as turmeric lattes, acai bowls and superfood salads in generous portions; or finally, Fez Mangal the no-frills Turkish BBQ restaurant, serving freshly made charcoal-grilled skewers and donors, wiping the floor with local competition.
If you’re looking for a night on the town, you can find a retro, kitsch-filled Polynesian cocktail bar on Portobello Road called Trailer Happiness. Trailer Happiness is one of the capital’s best places for Tiki cocktails and rum, and immediately transports you to the South Pacific (you’ll feel like you’re exploring the Caribbean or relaxing in a beach bar in Miami).
Notting Hill Gate is the main tube station in the area and is served by the Central, District and Circle lines. Otherwise, you can use Westbourne Park station of Ladbroke Grove station on the Hammersmith, City line and Circle line giving you the opportunity to walk along the famous Portobello Road towards Notting Hill Gate. There is also a number of London bus routes covering the area, including a night bus service so that you can travel around the area 24 hours a day.
Things to watch out for
Every August Bank Holiday, an expected two million or so attendees celebrate Europe’s biggest street festival – Notting Hill Carnival. The Carnival is a Caribbean-themed, with vibrant and spectacular colours representing London’s multicultural past and present. A huge parade of floats and performers run along the Notting Hill Carnival route, filling the streets with intricate costumes, marching bands, calypso music and a variety of charming food.
We also recommend visiting the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road, one of London’s oldest cinemas and definitely one of the most romantic. With beds in the front row, sofas instead of seats and the option of personal service, Electric Cinema is a charming place to relax and be pampered, whilst watching the latest releases.
Notting Hill shopping
Portobello Market is the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. The main market days are Friday and Saturday, although a few smaller stands take place from Monday to Thursday. Visitors flock from all over the world to discover one of London’s best loved landmarks which contains the broadest selection of antiques in Britain.