It’s a little bit terrifying when you stop and think about how much time has passed since Hugh Grant brought fame to Notting Hill London. That floppy hair and those awkward yet adorable advances towards the gorgeous Julia Roberts put this London district on the map and now groups of adoring fans take the walking tour in the hope that Hugh might still be there.
There is a lot more Notting Hill than just Hugh Grant!
Head here to discover great restaurants and bars, a happening nightlife, high-end shopping and one of London’s best markets. Despite a sordid history, Notting Hill has transformed into one of the fancier, more desired districts of London with an influx of some of the city's rich and famous.
Notting Hill really is a hill with its summit around Ladbroke Grove. So if you feel like living the high life, check out the scene in Notting Hill. A comfortable, fashionable place to live and a fun place to visit – there’s something for everyone.
Where to Eat and Drink
One word: cupcakes. Big ones, small ones (no wait, who wants small cupcakes?), icing, sugar, sprinkles, sugar, sugar… Hummingbird Bakery’s delicious goodies have become world famous and you can visit their original store in Notting Hill’s Portobello Markets. Go and treat yourself – cake is good for the soul.Address: 133 Portobello Road Notting Hill, London W11 2DY Telephone: 020 7851 1795
For those looking for something a little bit special and wanting to sample some of Britain’s most prized gastronomic delights, book a table at the two Michelin starred Ledbury restaurant. Head chef, Brett Graham, and his highly skilled team present a menu that will impress even the choosiest of taste buds.Address: 127 Ledbury Road Notting Hill, London W11 2AQ Telephone: 020 7792 9090
Come here for an after work pint and stay on for a bite from their interesting and exceptionally tasty Thai food menu. A great range of curries, noodles and rice dishes are whipped up and served in their butterfly-themed conservatory. Yes, butterflies.Address: 119 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill, London W8 7LN Telephone: 020 7727 4242
You can start your day here with a hearty breakfast, stay for lunch, and keep on going for dinner and party into the wee-hours with drinks and a bit of dancing. The Electric Diner caters for all of your eating and drinking needs, no matter what time of day. Serving Franco-American style food and a great range of drinks, this ain’t your average diner – it’s electric!Address: 191 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED Telephone: 020 7908 9696
Dating back to the 1800s, the Portobello Road Market has evolved and changed throughout the years and is now one of London’s hippest markets. You will find a little bit of everything here – antiques, posters, vintage clothes and food – with over 1000 dealers there is a great assortment of shops and stalls. The main market days are Friday and Saturday but there is a smaller market open throughout the week.Address: Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road Notting Hill, London, W11 1AN Telephone: 020 7727 7684
Bankrobber Gallery is an independent, small, cosy, edgy gallery showcasing the art of some of the best young talent London has to offer. It’s particularly known for displaying works of elusive street-graffiti artist Banksy. The nearest tube stop is Ladbroke Grove.
If you need some retail therapy then Notting Hill is a great place to go. From favourites like Space NK for beauty and Kurt Geiger for shoes, you'll find up-market boutiques along Westborne Grove and other popular retail outlets like American Apparel mixed in with charity and vintage shops.
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