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Notting Hill area guide

Check out Portobello Road Market and discover great cinemas, restaurants, bars and pubs in W11

Notting Hill is definitely more than just the setting for a famous movie. It plays host to Europe's biggest street festival, is brimming with fashionable restaurantsbars and shops, and is home to one of the city's best markets: Portobello Road Market.

Attracting thousands of people to its quirky backstreets and pretty gardens, Notting Hill is the perfect place to spend a weekend. Whether you're into shopping, eating, film, or plain people watching, Notting Hill is a great place to spend some time.

What are your favourite Notting Hill haunts? Let us know in the comments.

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Fez Mangal
Restaurants

Fez Mangal

This compact, no-frills Turkish BYO on Ladbroke Groveis dominated by a huge charcoal grill. Deft hands move a line of hefty meat skewers (the main draw) hypnotically across its blistering surface, while billows of smoke disappear up into the cavernous copper hood. A spotless glass fridge, displays the daily variety of seasoned lamb and chicken, as well as whole sea bass or bream, and own-made doner kebabs make slow revolutions behind the counter. Scoop up simple vegetable dishes and dips, with heated slabs of flat bread while your meats sizzle. The succulent skewers come served on rice with a colourful trio of raw veg – carrots, purple cabbage and wild rocket (this is Notting Hill), or on bread, smothered in tomato sauce and sharp yoghurt. Turkish tea and baklava round off the meal. Tables turn fast with a friendly efficiency here. Though it can get busy even on a weekday evening, waits to be seated rarely last long, and a black board highlights an occasionally enforced table share policy.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Lowry & Baker
Restaurants

Lowry & Baker

The northern branch of the Notting Hill Tribe loves Lowry & Baker – so much so that one local advises against even trying to get in at the weekend. This is the kind of local café most people dream about: warmly welcoming and with a laid-back attitude that makes you feel immediately at home. Indeed, our local informant said: ‘It’s like being in your living room – staff talk to customers and customers talk to each other.’ L&B (which opened in summer 2010) has established itself as the leading local independent coffee shop with a small, reasonably priced menu of uniformly high-quality food: good soups, sandwiches, salads and sweet things worth crossing town for. The blueberry cheesecake and banana bread are heavenly. Food is served on a delightful jumble of unmatched crockery, while the expertly brewed coffee, made with beans from Monmouth, comes in well-warmed white cups.  

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Provenance
Shopping

Provenance

Provenance is a butcher’s shop in Notting Hill run by a bunch of young enthusiasts who gave up desk jobs to train as butchers and charcutiers. Struan Robertson is the founder, an alumnus of the School of Artisan Food in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. The rest of the team – Tom Gibson, Guy Gibson, and Erin Hurst – are all Kiwis, which partly explains the grass-fed wagyu beef burgers from New Zealand that are flying out the doors in barbecue weather. A lot of the meats are value-added, such as marinated whole chickens and lamb kebabs, to offer what Struan calls ‘meal solutions’ for local shoppers (well, he is a former advertising man). The meats are all free range, the charcuterie supplied by British makers. Give it a look.

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The Muse Gallery
Art

The Muse Gallery

A gallery working specificall towards promoting the work of emerging artists.

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Cock & Bottle
Bars and pubs

Cock & Bottle

A pooch-friendly, spacious pub in west London that does a Sunday roast for £15 and has board games for afters.

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Things to do in Notting Hill

Portobello Road Market
Shopping

Portobello Road Market

Portobello is actually several markets stretched out up one long strip of road: antiques start at the Notting Hill Gate end; further up are food stalls; and emerging designer and vintage clothes are found under the Westway flyover and along the walkway to Ladbroke Grove. A visit here is as much about soaking up the vibe as it is about shopping. Saturdays are manically busy so head out early, especially if you’re serious about buying antiques. Friday is less hectic and one of the best days for sourcing clothes from up-and-coming fashion designers. Best of all are the fantastic shops lining the surrounding streets; escape the crowds with a browse round Ledbury Road’s boutiques.

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Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising
Museums

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising spans a 120-year period in the history of consumerism, culture, design, domestic life, fashion, folly and fate. It is presented as a magnificently cluttered time tunnel of cartons and bottles, toys and advertising displays.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Notting Hill Arts Club
Nightlife

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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Notting Hill Carnival
Things to do

Notting Hill Carnival

Dancing, music and masquerade – join the fun this August with our guide to all things Carnival 2014 Essential Notting Hill Carnival information Popular events this week Real Food Market Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public.

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Notting Hill Carnival guide
Music

Notting Hill Carnival guide

Dancing, music and masquerade – join the Carnival fun in Notting Hill this August bank holiday weekend

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Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems
Music

Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems

Plan your party route with the Time Out Notting Hill Carnival soundsystem A-Z

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A spotter's guide to Notting Hill Carnival
Music

A spotter's guide to Notting Hill Carnival

There are those who dance and those who get danced on. Win seven points if you spot a copper who’s perfected the bogle

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Our top 10 Carnival anthems
Music

Our top 10 Carnival anthems

We pick ten tunes that have defined Carnival over the years…

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Comments

2 comments
Richard C
Richard C

I thought you might be interested to watch the film, which shows how a group of passionate social reformers set about tackling the appalling housing conditions found in Notting Hill in the mid-1960s. Their vision led to the formation of Notting Hill Housing, an organisation which for the past 50 years has worked to provide decent and affordable homes for people in the area and beyond. Here’s the link:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1vcLoJnmsQ


Alex B
Alex B

The Portobello Print and Map Shop is easily the best store in London's most famous antique market. With original antique prints and maps dating back to the seventeenth century, you can spend hours browsing their shelves and are guaranteed to find something unique and stunning to decorate your house with.