Neighbourhood Watch: Notting Hill

Neighbourhood Watch: Notting Hill

Our local guide to Notting Hill gives you a snapshot of this vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood in London. We take a look at the best things to see and do in Notting Hill, specifically the streets around our iconic London pub —The Princess Royal—that calls this area home.

Notting Hill is one of London’s most fashionable and famous areas. Its pastel-coloured buildings, independent shops and welcoming and friendly atmosphere make it the perfect area to spend an hour or two wandering the streets. With the world-famous Portobello Market at its heart and an array of beautiful, in many cases historic, and very trendy shops scattered along Westbourne Grove and the streets around, The Princess Royal is perfectly situated to explore the area.

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WHERE TO EAT IN NOTTING HILL

The Princess Royal
The Princess Royal has quickly built up a reputation as the place to be in the vibrant Notting Hill community. Tastefully restored and ablaze with vibrant spaces including a light-flooded conservatory, grand private feasting rooms, 4 boutique bedrooms and two splendid terraces designed by Jinny Blom, perfect for outdoor dining. Our bedrooms feature tasteful interiors with a focus on British craftsmanship. Only a 15-minute walk away from Portobello Road Market for a true London local experience.

Gold
In the heart of the bustling Portobello Road and the antiques market is this gem of a restaurant, bar and general place to hang out. Set over four floors there’s an array of spaces to enjoy. A good place to rest up when walking around the area.

Akub
This aesthetically pleasing restaurant serves up flavours from the Mediterranean and honours Palestine’s best produce with a modern twist. Akub’s menu is a symphony of ingredients, carefully sourced and masterfully combined to create dishes that tantalise the senses. From aromatic spices to fresh herbs, each plate is a masterpiece that celebrates the essence of its origins.

Sunday in Brooklyn

Discover a slice of Brooklyn’s diverse culinary scene in the heart of Notting Hill at Sunday in Brooklyn. This charming restaurant brings the laid-back and innovative spirit of New York’s trendiest borough to London’s iconic neighbourhood. With a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, Sunday in Brooklyn offers a delectable menu that blends creativity with comfort.

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THINGS TO DO IN NOTTING HILL

The Electric
A cinema with that little bit extra or a lot extra in this case. The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road is one of the oldest working cinemas in the country and ensures your cinema experience is more of a proper night out. Part of the Soho House group with a bar in the auditorium and the comfiest seats and even sofas. This is what cinema-going should always be like.

Portobello Road Market
The world-famous street market attracts tourists and locals alike and is always worth a visit just to soak up the atmosphere. Famous for its 1/2 mile long antiques market but also a haven for foodies with some great street food as well as the array of shops dotted along the way.

Notting Hill’s Iconic Houses
Marvel at the picturesque rows of pastel-coloured houses that have made Notting Hill famous. Snap Instagram-worthy photos against these charming backdrops.

Westbourne Grove
Stroll along Westbourne Grove, a tree-lined street filled with boutiques, cafes, and contemporary design stores, reflecting the neighbourhood’s chic and artistic ambience.

Notting Hill Carnival
Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the annual Notting Hill Carnival, a dazzling celebration of Caribbean culture featuring parades, music and mouth watering cuisine.

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SHOPPING IN NOTTING HILL 

Books for Cooks
A bookshop with a difference and embodying a lot of what Notting Hill is about – a carefree, independent and community atmosphere. This is Notting Hill’s famous cookbook shop, crammed with thousands of books and you take advantage of the comfy sofa to take a good look through. There’s even a café out the back where the books are tested and cookery classes too.

Wild at Heart, Turquoise Island, Notting Hill
A florist but not your average florist. Wild at Heart’s Westbourne Park Road store was designed in 1993 by celebrated architect Mr Piers Gough, creator of London’s National Portrait Gallery, Turquoise Island has become a Notting Hill institution (now with ‘listed’ status).

Barham Antiques
Almost right next door to Gold and the centre of Portobello Road’s antique market. Barham Antiques is the oldest antique shop on this road and has a reputation as being one of the best antique shops in London, specialising in boxes, glasses and silver plates.

Villa Bologna Pottery
Celebrate craftsmanship and artistry with Villa Bologna Pottery’s handcrafted collection of ceramic goods. From iconic pineapple lamp bases to the whimsical Glug Glug jug, there’s more than enough to choose from to take home as a memento of your visit to this charming store.


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