What to see in Notting Hill London, Notting Hill Guide

‘I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her’… Well no not really, but how else was I meant to start a post about what to see in Notting Hill London? 😉

What to see in Notting Hill London

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How to get to Notting Hill (Notting Hill station)  – 

Before we delve into all the amazing things to see in Notting Hill, I’ll start my Notting Hill guide by explaining how best to reach the London Neighbourhood. Thankfully its very easy to do as the Central Line stops inches away from the main Notting Hill attractions at the Notting Hill Gate station. 

Another Notting Hill tube station worth using (if it’s easier to travel on either the Circle or Hammersmith lines) is Ladbroke Grove station which is only about a 10minute walk away from Notting Hills centre.


Where To Eat In Notting Hill – 

A Notting Hill guide wouldn’t be complete without suggestions of where to eat, and since I’d been exploring the nearby ‘Kensington Palace’ on the morning of my own visit to Notting Hill, I arrived in the area around midday with one thing on my mind – food! Thankfully I quickly learnt that the Notting hill food scene has a lot to offer!

READ MY ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VISITING KENSINGTON PALACE HERE 

Westbourne Grove is home to some of the best restaurants in Notting Hill. I opted to have lunch at the 202 café on my own visit here which is linked to a boutique clothing store. This means you can eat and shop at the same time… and what’s better than that? Although a tad expensive, the food was to die for!

best restaurants in Notting Hill

TOP TIP: If you visit on a Saturday, Notting Hill Portobello market comes alive with many hot food stores that serve delicious treats! There’s even a section where you can sit down and enjoy the spoils, making it the perfect place to eat in Notting Hill. 🙂 


Things To Do in Notting Hill  –

Shop at Portobello Market –

Out of all the things to do in Notting Hill, a trip to Portobello Market is top of everyone’s list… As I mentioned briefly above, every Saturday the bright and vibrant Portobello road comes alive with an antique’s market, which happens to be the biggest in the world. The so-called ‘Portobello Market’ is undoubtedly the most famous of Notting Hill attractions and is the perfect place to find one of a kind antiques and vintage clothes.

Things to do in Notting Hill - Notting hill portobello market

Visting in the week, I missed the market, but a visit to Portobello Road is still one of the top things to do in Notting Hill, whatever the day! I enjoyed browsing the plentiful shops that permanently line the street. Moreover, as the ‘backbone’ of Notting Hill, it’s a fantastic place to take in the ‘vibe’ of the neighbourhood

Visit a vintage Cinema –

A more unique suggestion of what to see in Notting Hill is the Electic Cinema, one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain. This provides the opportunity to watch the latest blockbuster films in unparalleled comfort. This is thanks to the cinemas vintage leather armchairs and footstools. There are even double beds available for couples!

Bear in mind you’ll need to book online in advance and tickets start at £20 per person.

Drown your sorrows at ‘The Distillery’ –

Slightly further up Portobello road, the famous street has even more to offer in the form of  ‘The Distillery‘.

Home to the internationally renowned ‘portobello road gin’, this working distillery has a quirky cocktail bar (with an extensive gin menu). I opted for the ‘Gin Mare’ Cocktail on a visit here which was certainly a very strong (but tasty) afternoon ‘pick me up’. 😉

In this way, I’d certainly suggest a visit to The Distillery to anyone asking me where to go in Notting Hill for a drink.

Notting Hill guide the distillery

Gaze at colourful houses –

What I personally enjoyed the most about Notting Hill London, was its endless rows of colourful houses. The fabulous hues around every corner could brighten even the most overcast London day!

what to see in notting hill - colourful houses

Highlights of what to see in Notting Hill include Lancaster Road (found at the top of Portobello Road) which features a rainbow of brightly coloured houses. Painted, red, purple and even green, these homes are certainly bold!

what to see in notting hill visit Lancaster Road

However, my favourite street in Notting Hill is actually the less famous Denbigh Terrace which has a more subdued feel, as pretty pastels hold rank.

While I can’t help but feel a little sorry for the homeowners whose houses are on everyone’s list of what to see in Notting Hill, I couldn’t help but stop for a little ‘Instagram shoot’ on this picture perfect street…

Explore Timeless Mews –

If Lancaster road and the Denbigh terraces weren’t enough to make you envious of anyone living in Notting Hill London, another of my top places to see in Notting Hill are the areas labyrinth of hidden Mew’s.

St Lukes Mews (near to Lancaster road) is certainly Instagram-worthy with its ivy-covered houses and white painted doors.

what to see in Notting Hill St Lukes mews

Colville Mews also deserves an honourable mention in my Notting Hill guide, although I did not personally have time to explore what it has to offer.

Finish the day with Gelato –

Exploring Notting Hill in summer can make you pretty hot! Therefore my final suggestion of what to do in Notting Hill is to grab some Gelato on Portobello Road, which has some of the best Gelato stores in the UK.

Notting Hill attractions

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To summarise my Notting Hill guide, the area offers the perfect mix of everything I love about London: adorable cafes, beautiful streets and unique shopping experiences. It also has a unique charm and vibrancy that can only be appreciated by visiting.

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Notting Hill, London was made famous by the film/movie of the same name. This picture perfect neighbourhood is a must visit for a photoshoot. But Notting Hill has much more to offer! Read this post to learn about the electric cinema, the best shops, food and brunch spots in Noting Hill as well as a guide to Portobello market. #travel #London #Photography #NottingHill

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  1. March 7, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    I used to live in London and this definitely made me miss the city *sobbing*. I remember visiting Portobello market as well but what I don’t remember is that Notting Hill was so beautiful. I want to go back!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
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      March 7, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Awww a little nostalgia is good for the soul haha – you’ll have to return for sure 🙂

  2. March 7, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Ahhh I can’t wait to go back to London! Although living in Notting Hill would most likely be a little out of my price range, a girl can still dream. I will definitely be saving this for my trip back!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      The dream is certainly to live in one of the areas adorable houses for me too! Hope you enjoy your next trip

  3. March 7, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Oh my God, I have to here one day. I would be looking at the colorful houses all day long… And eating ice cream of course.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      That’s pretty much all I did aha

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment x

  4. March 7, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Great post, i’m from London myself and love this particular area (I go to the carnival every year). Its nice to read about other things to do in the area

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      You’re so lucky to live nearby! I haven’t been to the Carnival yet… But I am thinking of going with friends this year so am very excited, any tips?

  5. March 7, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Seriously, the best intro to a post ever! Haha.
    Lancaster Road reminds me of The Painted Ladies in San Francisco. I’m sure when people buy those houses, they understand what a popular location they choose to live and just deal with the constant pictures. Hopefully visitors understand that they’re actual dwellings that people live in and act accordingly.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 7, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      There’s just no other way to start such a post haha.
      That’s sure a good comparison! I loved all the beautiful buildings in San Francisco when I visited,
      And I couldn’t agree more… I’d actually be flattered if people thought my house was pretty enough to Instagram haha

  6. March 7, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    In all of my trips to London, I’ve never made it to Notting Hill. Ugh….such a regret. I really want to scour the Portobello Market for some treasures. Next time!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 8, 2018 / 11:12 am

      The only problem in London is there’s so much to see! You should visit next time for sure 🙂

  7. March 8, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Notting Hill looks adorable!!! And that ice cream has won my heart haha! I wasn’t able to explore it during my last visit. Thanks for the great suggestions. I will definitely check it out during the next trip.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 11:57 pm

      It’s such a cute area! Ice cream is my weakness too haha

  8. March 8, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    First off- I love the layout of your blog! Secondly- you have me missing LONDON! My friend is going this summer so I am going to send her your blog so she can have these tips! <3

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 11:56 pm

      Awww Thankyou!! Hope she enjoys her trip x

  9. March 8, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    I haven’t been to Notting Hill but it looks lovely! I’d love to visit Portobello Road, and then have a yummy gelato

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 11:58 pm

      Pretty houses and gelato are definitely the best combination 🙂

  10. Rach
    March 10, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    This was a lovely read! I used to go to London a lot, but never went to Notting Hill. Feel like I’ve missed out reading your post. Oh well, off I must go!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      Author
      March 10, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Hahaha it’s a tough revelation 😉

  11. March 11, 2018 / 12:14 am

    I used to live in London but unfortunately I didn’t get to explore Notting hill that much! Next time I go back I’ll need to go there hehe. Love all the photos!

  12. March 11, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Aw, Notting Hill was one of the first places we explored when we first moved to London… isn’t it gorgeous! Those colourful houses are ALL of our house goals 😍

    • earthsmagicalplaces
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      March 13, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      So gorgeous! mine too haha

  13. March 20, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Love Notting Hill! Great suggestions in this post 🙂 I especially love the colourful houses and the mews

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