Whether you’re looking for a stop-off after Notting Hill Carnival or you like your bars in London to have a bit of class, this list of Notting Hill’s very best bars will see you right. Find gin joints, rum-loving haunts and even an alcohol-free bar in this varied neighbourhood, and discover anything from laid-back vibes to drinking spots that are heaving at the bar come cocktail o’clock.
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Best bars in Notting Hill
This popular Portobello Road basement establishment 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; the bartenders know their business. They also spin a great ’60s playlist.
Portobello Road Gin lives on down the road from where it began. Find it at The Distillery, the brand’s famous gin hotel (yeah, that’s a thing). Pop up to the first floor to sample G&Ts, Spanish-style – served in giant goblets and with stunning garnishes, these are summer in a glass, served in a bright, Andalusian setting.
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. It's a prime spot for aperitivos, with the Aperol Spritzes going down a storm.
The ground floor bar at Portobello Road’s aforementioned gin hotel is an all-day destination for Notting Hill’s cocktail drinkers – and they don’t have to be gin fanatics. The Resting Room makes cocktails from a full range of spirits that are aging in barrels up above the bar. It’s a setting that’s laid back enough to coax in the local dog-walkers. Make it your next doggy pit-stop.
Okay, so there's no booze at the bar, but zero ABV temple Redemption fits into Notting Hill very well thanks to a raw food menu to complement the alcohol-free cocktails. Mock-jitos are all the rage, don't you know.
This Notting Hill mainstay offers up innovative cocktails in a suave, stripped-back setting, with low lights and DJs on the decks.
A cocktail bar in Notting Hill that describes itself as 'opulent'. In real terms, that means it's chock full of character, replete with gloriously OTT furniture and deliciously decadent food.