Our About Town Guides are to give you a snapshot of the local area and some neighbourhood highlights around our pubs. Here we take a look at Notting Hill and the streets around The Princess Royal.
Notting Hill is one of London’s most fashionable and famous areas. It’s pastel coloured buildings, independent shops and welcoming and friendly atmosphere makes 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.
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.
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).
A cinema with that little bit extra or a lot extra in this case. The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road ensures your cinema experience is more of a proper night out. Part of the Soho House group and 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 that attracts tourists and local alike and always worth a visit just to soak up the atmosphere. Famous for it’s 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.
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 round the area.
Almost right next door to Gold and the centre of Portobello Road’s Antiques 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 plate.