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The best bars in Notting Hill

Whether you’re partying after Carnival or looking for more refined tippling, W10 has a spot for every punter. Here are Time Out's top picks

Written by
Laura Richards
Contributor
Ellie Muir
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Whether you’re looking for a stop-off after Notting Hill Carnival or a spot for your next date night in London for your next date night, this list of Notting Hill’s very best bars will see you right. Find gin joints and pubs to rum-loving haunts, alcohol-free bars to Victorian ‘boozers’ in this varied neighbourhood, and discover anything from laid-back vibes to drinking spots that are heaving at the bar come cocktail o’clock. It may have been made famous by Hugh Grant but the film really doesn't do the area justice; there's so much to taste, see and do beyond the vintage book shops. And after you've had a few drinks, check out the best restaurants in Notting Hill for a bite to eat.

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Notting Hill area guide

Best bars in Notting Hill

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Portobello Road
  • price 3 of 4

With a fictional flatshare concept, The Little Yellow Door hosts some of the best supper clubs, cocktails and boozy brunches in town. On the menu you'll find a house rum punch, premium G&Ts and creative twists on well loved classics. They even have a DJ from 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday so you can have a dance too. The music is a real mix. Think Disco/Funk/Soul/classics with some R&B mixed in.

 

Trailer Happiness
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Portobello Road
  • price 2 of 4

This popular Portobello Road basement establishment calls itself a tiki bar, but the vintage 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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Notting Hill

Celebrity A-lister spot Laylow is a member’s only club in support of emerging musicians and creative. But don't fear, if you aren’t a member, you can still visit the ground floor restaurant which is open to the public for eating and drink. We'd recommend the brunch, serving tacos, toastadas and even caviar.

The Resting Room
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Portobello Road
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Portobello Road
  • price 2 of 4

Gold has a full contemporary list of low intervention, organic, biodynamic and natural wines. Many from recognisable appellations, some from lesser known regions known for high quality production and a handful of the unusual. Their food is great too, with seasonal ingredients and the use of wood roasting, charring and slow cooking.

 

Beach Blanket Babylon
  • Restaurants
  • Notting Hill

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.

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