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Notting Hill bars and pubs

Find the best places to drink in Notting Hill

© Charlotte Rumsey

With some of the poshest and poorest communities in London, Notting Hill is a melting pot, and this diversity gives it an atmosphere all of its own. Venues as diverse as Notting Hill Arts Club, with its international music acts, and laid-back pub Castle 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 a night out.

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Portobello Star

Critics' choice

171 Portobello Rd, London, W11 2DY

Gentrification has sunk its claws into this once-scruffy boozer, for years one of the holdouts along the Portobello Road. Fronted by a couple of pavement tables...

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Westbourne Grove

Trailer Happiness

Critics' choice

177 Portobello Rd, London, W11 2DY

Remaining laudably tongue-in-cheek while the rest of Ladbroke Grove drowns in chichi spots, Trailer Happiness is not a cocktail bar as such – with its deliberately tacky decor (Tretchikoff paintings galore) and...

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Ladbroke Grove

First Floor

186 Portobello Rd, London, W11 1LA

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

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Westbourne Park

Ruby & Sequoia

6-8 All Saints Rd, London, W11 1HH

This urban cocktail house, one of several fine Ruby-tied venues around town, has split its contemporary space into drinking and dining areas. All are treated to squishy brown seating and little candles in glasses, and most...

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Westbourne Park

Notting Hill Arts Club

21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ

The lack of a worthwhile clubbing scene in and around W11 remains a great London mystery, but Notting Hillbillies at least have this venerable basement institution to keep them off the streets after dark. It's not much to look at...

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Westbourne Grove
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Hillgate

24 Hillgate St, London, W8 7SR

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

54 Ladbroke Rd, London, W11 3NW

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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Notting Hill

Castle

225 Portobello Rd, London, W11 1LU

Whatever the price and quality of the gastropub fare (pork belly and mash for a tenner, aubergine parmegiana a snip at £7.25), this is a proper Portobello local. Most of the jolly, bohemian-minded punters hanging around the...

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Ladbroke Grove
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