Housed in a glass-fronted building, this popular Kensal Rise café-cum-deli is an agreeable place to spend a summer’s day with your laptop. A great selection of hot and cold food and pastries adds to its appeal.
A key player in London’s 1950s boho folk movement, The Troubadour has seen a lot of history. Bob Dylan played his first London gig here; it was also an incubator for Private Eye, as well as the friendship between Ken Russell and Oliver Reed.
Ripe with the kind of buzz that’s conducive to getting the creative juices flowing (or at least making you feel as though you should be doing something more important than shopping on eBay), The Westbourne is a surprisingly down-to-earth pub in the heart of Notting Hill.
Next to the Electric Cinema (the one with the sofas), and beneath exclusive members’ club Electric House, the Electric Brasserie completes the trio of Notting Hill refinement. Ask your smartly dressed waiter for the code. It gets very busy on the weekend.