‘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? 😉
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 guide by explaining how best to reach the London Neighbourhood. Thankfully it’s very accessible 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 for you to travel on either the Circle or Hammersmith lines) is Ladbroke Grove station. This too is only about a 10minute walk away from Notting Hills centre! In this way, it couldn’t be easier to squeeze a trip into even the busiest London Itinerary.
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!
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!
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. 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.
Visting in the week, I sadly missed the market, but a visit to Portobello Road is still worthwhile whatever the day! Plus it’s along this road that you’ll also find some of the very best Airbnb’s in Notting Hill…
As I wasn’t staying, I simply 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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