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The best Notting Hill pubs

Find the perfect pub – from relaxing neighbourhood boozers to refined gastropubs – in our guide to drinking in Notting Hill

Written by
Laura Richards
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Ellie Muir
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From laidback gastropubs that are perfect for Sunday sessions to lively neighbourhood joints that get extra lively come Notting Hill Carnival, you’ll likely find that the watering holes of Notting Hill have a lot to offer. Yes, some are classy west London pubs and bars, but there are also some down-to-earth boozers in this neck of the woods that are well worth seeking out down the backstreets. And after you've done your bit of drinking, there are tons of Notting Hill food spots nearby to satisfy your hunger.

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

Best pubs in Notting Hill

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Holland Park

The prominent, self-standing pub sign outside proudly declares 'Free House', and sure enough, the Ladbroke Arms is a law unto itself. With smart dining, a shady beer garden and a list of wines and ales worth perusing, there's something for everyone here.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kensington

This may just be one of the most popular pubs in London, with tourists heading out west to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous floral canopy that covers the Fuller’s building. Inside is just as extravagant, with wartime memorabilia and shiny copper things a-jangling. Grab Thai cuisine in the rear restaurant or sip ale and nibble on cheese at the old-fashioned bar, among the amateur photographers.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Portobello Road

With its ridiculously bright yellow submarine-esque exterior, The Sun in Splendour us hard to miss, even standing out from every single knock-off royal blue 'Notting Hill Bookshop' around the corner. Inside you'll find good beer, good food, and great vibes.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Gastropubs
  • Portobello Road

Whatever the price and quality of the gastropub fare (sausage and mash for £13.50), this is a proper Portobello local. The majority of the jolly, bohemian-minded punters hanging around the pleasingly sparse, open-plan interior – probably at the bar – seem cheerfully merry whatever the time of day, which is testament of sorts to the agreeable atmosphere cultivated by the matey staff.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Gastropubs
  • Notting Hill
  • price 2 of 4

Owner Tom Conran was a gastropub pioneer, and the Cow continues to serve fine, pricey, fish-oriented food in its upstairs restaurant. Eating in the smallish downstairs bar is a different proposition: seating is saloon bar-style (small round tables, banquettes and stools); the short menu is chalked on a blackboard, and no reservations are taken. It’s unpretentious, with drinkers at the front putting away well-poured Guinness.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Gastropubs
  • Ladbroke Grove
  • price 1 of 4

This beer-driven gastropub has a cosy upstairs dining room upstairs, offering a schnitzel fix on a menu of Bavarian bar snacks. Don’t worry, they still serve burgers to the pub purists.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Notting Hill

Previously renowned as a genuine local that belied its salubrious surroundings, this corner pub is now in the reins of a new owner, one that also owns The Rose in Fulham. Serving a menu of mind-blowing, experimental pub food, you can count on The Hillgate for a full-proof pub experience, roasts n' all.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Notting Hill
  • price 2 of 4

A charming, wood-clad backstreet boozer with interesting cask ales from small UK brewers. But don’t forget the option of a bloody mary or Pimm’s in the idyllic pub garden. The Windsor Castle is just as popular on Sundays too, with roasts being served to large family groups and small crews of friends (all well-heeled, obviously).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Notting Hill

First, you’ll see a sturdy pub, occupying the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. Within, there are partitioned areas done out in neat, shiny wood and interconnected by chest-high doorways. Among the photographs – past carnivals, touched-up images of Portobello Market – is another oddity: a wall honouring the man after whom the pub is named, the so-called Yellow Earl, who is most famous as the founder of the AA.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Maida Vale
  • price 2 of 4

Another of the area’s trad pubs that’s been given a posh lick of paint, the old bar is now populated with bright armchairs in a crushed velvet finish. While there’s a craft beer selection to match any other decent pub, there are over 40 gins to select from in the El Gin Bar (see what they did there?).

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