Notting Hill bars and pubs

Find the best places to drink in Notting Hill, whether you’re partying after Carnival or looking for a relaxing neighbourhood boozer

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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

Castle

3 out of 5 stars

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.

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Westbourne

Churchill Arms

3 out of 5 stars

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.

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Kensington
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Cow

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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.

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The Eagle

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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.

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North Kensington
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The Elgin

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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Ladbroke Grove

GinTonica

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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.

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Westbourne
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Hillgate

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, and has been subjected to a serious spruce-up.

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Kensington

The Italian Job

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

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.

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Westbourne
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The KPH

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.

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Ladbroke Grove

Ladbroke Arms

3 out of 5 stars

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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Holland Park
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Comments

1 comments
Joe C

Notting Hill is a melting pot? Don't make me laugh. It USED to be a melting pot - sadly the diversity of incomes and races that once made it such a vibrant and fascinating place to live has been sandblasted into oblivion by the property insanity and the resulting influx of yuppies and the super-rich, driving out the long established community. I've lived there for over thirty years and I feel like a pleb and an outsider these days. I see far fewer people than I used to know - many of the old faces were forced out long ago.


Last Saturday night I walked from Chepstow Road all the way to the top of Portobello Road and made a point of looking in the pubs, bars and restaurants as I went (including those in Kensington Park Road and so on). I counted  a measly 23 people who weren't white and about 5 more than that who didn't look like members of the comfortable middle-class.


Anybody who thinks that there isn't a very sinister social (and therefore ethnic) cleansing of Central London going on is very naive indeed.