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Notting Hill Area Guide

Notting Hill Area Guide

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Notting Hill might be famous for its raucous carnival but there’s more to it than this. 

Chi-chi cafes are tucked amidst colourful houses, quietly fantastic restaurants and historic pubs – it’s no wonder its a favourite with both locals and visitors alike. 

Ready to explore Notting Hill? Don’t miss this insider’s guide.

For some Notting Hill begins and ends with an annual pilgrimage to the stellar Notting Hill Carnival. 

Let’s be honest though. Fun as carnival is (and believe me, it’s very, very fun), it would be a mistake to think that Notting Hill starts and ends there. 

An affluent area that manages to retain a sense of identity, Notting Hill is one of my favourite London neighbourhoods. It’s difficult to believe that it wasn’t always this boujee but it wasn’t – and it’s this multiculturalism and diversity that ultimately makes it interesting. 

Colourful houses notting hill

There are the ‘grammable AF colourful houses, the gorgeous cafes but really it’s the historic pubs, chic bars, cool markets and quiet streets that do it for me. 

It even has its own gin distillery (the rather brilliant Portobello Gin) with the city’s only gin-themed hotel attached. 

Notting Hill Videos

Take a peek at Notting Hill’s coolest spots

Map of Notting Hill

Practical Tips for Exploring

  • The famous Portobello Road Market is held every day. Go on Friday for antiques. Saturday is the busiest day by far. 
  • The Electric Cinema is one of the fanciest in town – settle back on a sofa and watch your favourite flick with a glass of champers in hand. 
  • The nearest tube stops are Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove and Holland Park. 

The Distillery

A Hotel + Gin Distillery

The Distillery is a cool place to bed down in the heart of Notting Hill. Gin lovers will love the attached Portobello Gin distillery too.

The Laslett

Chic Hideaway in Notting Hill

Boutique chic, The Laslett is the place to bed down like an (affluent) local and explore London in style.

Where to Stay in Notting Hill

Bed down in these gorgeous hotels.

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