Whether you’re looking for a stop-off after Notting Hill Carnival or you want gastropubs in London with a bit of class, this list of Notting Hill bars and pubs will help. Laid-back pubs and bars hosting international music acts sit within a mile of each other. Read our guide to the best bars and pubs in Notting Hill to find the perfect venues for all kinds of nights out in London.
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The best bars and pubs in Notting Hill
Whatever the price and quality of the gastropub fare (sausage and mash for £13), 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.
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 out-there, with wartime memorabilia and shiny copper things a-jangling. Grab Thai cuisine in the rear restaurant or sup ale and nibble on cheese at the old-fashioned bar in among the amateur photographers.
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 pub-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.
A recent revamp from Hippo Inns means that The Eagle has taken flight as a Notting Hill local, popular in particular for the two tanks of Raw lager balanced on the bartop. Get your schnitzel fix on a menu of Bavarian bar snacks. Don’t worry, they still serve burgers to the pub purists.
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?).
So the Portobello Star may just have closed, but Portobello Road Gin lives on down the road 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.
This second branch of The Italian Job is just as committed to Italian craft beer (or birra artiginale, if you fancy showing off to your friends) as the original in Chiswick, with 14 on tap to sample. They’re poured in a light-filled, blue-walled beauty of a pub and served alongside some pretty impressive Italian eats.
The future of this much-loved pub near Portobello Market is unclear, but locals are gathering together to raise funds and make sure it stands for times to come. The Theatre Bar acts as a venue for music and comedy acts, and as such, a campaign to save the pub against development has been backed by the likes of Eddie Izzard and Cerys Matthews.
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 drinking terrace out front and a list of wines and ales worth perusing, there seems to be something for everyone here.
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Brimming with great cafés and restaurants, Notting Hill will always have the perfect meal to suit both your tastebuds and budget. From simple fish and chips at The Fish House to modern cuisine at the Notting Hill Brasserie, find Notting Hill restaurants for when you're in this desirable part of town.