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Notting Hill bars and pubs

Find the best places to drink in Notting Hill, whether you're partying after Carnival or looking for a relaxing neighbourhood boozer

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Whether you're looking for a stop-off after Notting Hill Carnival or you're banking on finding gastro pubs in London with a bit of class, this list of Notting Hill bars and pubs should help you there. Bars hosting international music acts and laid-back pubs can sit within a mile of each other. Read our guide to the best bars and pubs in Notting Hill to find the perfect place for all kinds of nights out in London.

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Trailer Happiness

This popular Portobello Road basement bar calls itself a tiki bar, but the hilariously dodgy decor resists simple categorisation. It looks like a suburban-American rumpus room c1964; even Alan Partridge might find it a bit much. But underneath the thick layer of kitsch is a very good cocktail bar. Staff go to great lengths to make sure you order the right drink for you, and the bartenders know their business. They also spin a great ’60s playlist.

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Westbourne

Portobello Star

The Portobello Star is the home of the incredible Portobello Road gin, and gin (of numerous brands) takes pride of place on the drinks list. But there’s much more on the quaintly old-fashioned menu (which includes elaborate discourses on the origins of the drinks). The room is good-looking, long and thin, with a mirrored and wall-tiled alcove at the back with banquette seating.

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Westbourne

Rum Kitchen

Venue says: Join us for one of our jerk chicken burgers and wash it down with a £5 cocktail from our happy hour menu every day from 6-8pm! Rum n' Ting!

There surely can’t be a more jolly place to drink in Notting Hill: colourful wooden wall-slats and furniture fill the upstairs bar, and down in the party-time basement there’s good reggae, very friendly staff and rum, rum and more rum.

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Westbourne

Negozio Classica

Negozio Classica is a cosy wine bar showcasing Tuscan Avignonesi wines by the glass. There’s also a careful selection of other Italian wines, many of them organic or biodynamic.

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Notting Hill

First Floor

A superior kind of West London bohemian generally lands here, the monied professional rather than the cadging layabout.

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Westbourne

Notting Hill Arts Club

Dedicated to polymorphic pleasures of very much an arts-based kind, this scruffily chic basement centre is home to – among other regular events like RoTa and Radio Gagarin – YoYo, which is still rammed every Thursday after almost a decade of programming hip hop, garage/grime, dubstep and bassline-heavy acts.

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Kensington

Redemption

Okay, so there's no booze at the bar, but Redemption Bar fits in to Notting Hill very well, thanks to a raw food menu to complement the alcohol-free cocktails.

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Westbourne Grove

Cow

Owner Tom Conran was a gastropub pioneer, and the Cow continues to serve fine, pricey, fish-oriented food in its upstairs restaurant. Eating in the smallish downstairs bar is a different proposition: seating is pub-style (small round tables, banquettes and stools); the short menu is chalked on a blackboard, and no reservations are taken. It’s unpretentious, with drinkers at the front putting away well-poured Guinness and a good selection of Belgian and other beers, while diners at the back enjoy some fine food and a boho west London vibe.

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Westbourne Grove

Castle

Whatever the price and quality of the gastropub fare (pork belly and mash for a tenner, roasted root risotto at £7.50), this is a proper Portobello local. The majority of the jolly, bohemian-minded punters hanging around the pleasingly sparse, open-plan interior – probably at the bar – seem cheerfully merry whatever the time of day, which istestament of sorts to the agreeable atmosphere cultivated by the matey staff.

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Westbourne

Hillgate

Previously renowned as a genuine local that belied its salubrious surroundings, this corner pub is now in the reins of a new owner, one that also owns The Rose in Fulham, and has been subjected to a serious spruce-up.

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Kensington

Ladbroke Arms

The prominent, self-standing pub sign outside proudly declares 'Free House', and sure enough, the Ladbroke Arms is a law unto itself.

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Holland Park

Prince Bonaparte

There’s a hint of gastropub-by-rote to the large, corner Bonaparte, but the formula is rendered well. It’s a big, bare-bricked, high-ceilinged space but not an unwelcoming one, with picture windows inviting an egalitarian mix of men and women inside for evenings of friendly chat over a glass of something cold. In both the lunch and the dinner menus, the starters (grilled squid, butter bean and chorizo stew; squash purée, goat’s curd and toasted pine nuts with pitta bread) display a little more spontaneity than the mains, but it’s all good stuff, with prices about what you’d expect given the postcode.

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Westbourne Grove

The KPH

The KPH is a pub near Portobello Market. Their Theatre Bar is a venue for music and comedy acts.

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Ladbroke Grove

The Red Lemon

The Red Lemon is a modern-style pub in Westbourne Park offering concise, British-oriented menus at brunch, lunch and dinner. It's a good-looking spot, and the outside seating proves popular come summertime.  

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Westbourne

Earl of Lonsdale

First, you’ll see a sturdy pub, occupying the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. Within, there are partitioned areas done out in neat, shiny wood and interconnected by chest-high doorways. The curiosities lie further back: one room is somewhere between a gentlemen’s club and a tearoom at a honeymoon resort, a lounge that seems more suited to toast and coffee than pie and a pint. Among the photographs – past carnivals, touched-up images of Portobello Market – is another oddity: a wall honouring the man after whom the pub is named, the so-called Yellow Earl, who is most famous as the founder of the AA.

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Notting Hill restaurants

Brimming with great cafés and restaurants, Notting Hill will always have the perfect meal to suit both your tastebuds and budget. From simple fish and chips at The Fish House to modern cuisine at the Notting Hill Brasserie, find Notting Hill restaurants for when you're in this desirable part of town. 

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By: Time Out London Eating & Drinking

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Joe C
Joe C

Notting Hill is a melting pot? Don't make me laugh. It USED to be a melting pot - sadly the diversity of incomes and races that once made it such a vibrant and fascinating place to live has been sandblasted into oblivion by the property insanity and the resulting influx of yuppies and the super-rich, driving out the long established community. I've lived there for over thirty years and I feel like a pleb and an outsider these days. I see far fewer people than I used to know - many of the old faces were forced out long ago.


Last Saturday night I walked from Chepstow Road all the way to the top of Portobello Road and made a point of looking in the pubs, bars and restaurants as I went (including those in Kensington Park Road and so on). I counted  a measly 23 people who weren't white and about 5 more than that who didn't look like members of the comfortable middle-class.


Anybody who thinks that there isn't a very sinister social (and therefore ethnic) cleansing of Central London going on is very naive indeed.