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Notting Hill bars

Find the best places to drink in Notting Hill, whether you’re partying after Carnival or looking for more refined tippling

By Laura Richards
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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. 

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

Best bars in Notting Hill

Trailer Happiness

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Portobello Road

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.

GinTonica

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Portobello Road

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.

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Negozio Classica

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Portobello Road

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 Resting Room

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Portobello Road

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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Redemption

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Vegan Notting Hill

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.

Portobello Star

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Portobello Road

This Notting Hill mainstay offers up innovative cocktails in a suave, stripped-back setting, with low lights and DJs on the decks.

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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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