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20 terrific spots in Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove neighbourhoods

By Time Out Tastemakers

Sadly, Notting Hill Carnival comes but once a year – so we asked Time Out Tastemakers for their tips on what to eat, drink, do and see in Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove on the other 363 days.

Best street to walk down

‘It has to be Portobello Road. Although it’s horribly busy at the weekend, you can always find a gem or two at the stalls!’ Louisa Gottardo

All Saints Road by far (sorry, Portobello!). It’s full of nice shops, cafés and restaurants.’ Ioanna Laskari

                                         Best place for fun

The Ginstitute on Portobello Road: a two-hour tour with so so many boozy cocktails, a history of the spirit with interactive rooms and then the chance to learn about botanicals and make your own gin.’ Natasha Tooray

                                         Best cheap eat

Panella on Golborne Road for incredible, authentic Sicilian street food.’ Neil Kite

The Tabernacle, an old church turned into a performance venue and café serving the best Caribbean food for less than a fiver! Elisa Riche

Saporitalia Pizzeria on Portobello Road: delicious and very authentic, with friendly staff and a nice atmosphere.’ Ioanna Laskari

                                        Best place to relax

‘Go to Cowshed for a massage!’ Claire Etchell

Holland Park – if you’re lucky, you’ll see the peacocks.’ Stephanie Chan

                                        Best place for brunch

FarmacyGranger & CoGail’s or Daylesford.’ Claire Etchell

‘The very cosy Golborne Deli: fresh food, the best coffee and lots of vegetarian options.’ María González

                                        Best place for culture

The Electric Cinema, where you can watch the latest films from a bed.’ Elisa Riche

                                        Best thing to Instagram

‘The pastel-coloured houses, and the multicoloured lattes at Farm Girl.’ LeeLee Seah

Wild at Heart florist on Westbourne Park Road is Insta-famous for its turquoise wall.’ Claire Etchell

                                               Best coffee

Grounds of Arabica near Latimer Road. Turmeric latte for me!’ Stephanie Chan

‘A new vegetarian place on Ladbroke Grove called Leafwild Cafe: so good.’ Cassie Root

                                                Best bar

Garden Bar near Latimer Road, because it has great food and beers on tap, plus a massive back garden with cabanas and tables in the sun. Very much a hidden gem.’ Cassie Root

‘I love the retro tiki vibes of Trailer Happiness, and the drinks are sublime – they know how to nail a rum cocktail!’ Georgie Pursey

                                                Best pub

Metropolitan Bar has artisan beers, boutique gins and amazing food. During Carnival it goes all-out with a barbecue and DJs on rotation: it’s a good place if you ever need to get away from the crowds.’

The Churchill Arms! The flowery outside is the main thing, but they serve great Thai food too.’ Paula Kanesanathan

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Notting Hill is so much more than just the setting for a famous movie. Whether you’re into shopping, eating, film, or just people watching, it’s a great area to lose a few hours (or even a whole day and night) in. 

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