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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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Explore the area

Restaurants

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 Geales to modern cuisine at the Notting Hill Brasserie, find a restaurant with our essential guide to restaurants in Notting Hill. Think we've missed a great restaurant in Notting Hill? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Restaurants

Cheap eats

It's not renowned for its money-saving properties, but anyone can eat in Notting Hill once they know where to head for. This list of budget restaurants and cafés means you can easily explore both ends of west London's price range. Is there anywhere we haven't found yet? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet.

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Bars and pubs

Bars and pubs

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.Think we've missed a great drinking spot in Notting Hill? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Shopping

Shops

Head to the famous Portobello Road Market for everything from antiques and vintage accessories to street food and fresh veg stalls. If the hordes of people put you off the market, Notting Hill is also home to designer shops, like the French boutique Aimé. Discover some of the best stores in the area with our guide to shopping in Notting Hill.Think we've missed a great shop in Notting Hill? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Things to do in Notting Hill

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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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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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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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.