Notting Hill is so much more than just the setting for a famous movie: it plays host to the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival; it’s brimming with fashionable restaurants, bars and shops; and it’s home to one of London’s best markets: Portobello Road Market.
Attracting countless thousands of people to its quirky backstreets and pretty gardens ever week, Notting Hill is the perfect place to spend a weekend. 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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London’s very first ‘gin hotel’ brings to mind mother’s ruin pouring from the taps (which would bring new meaning to the term ‘bathtub gin’). In reality, this three-bedroom boutique hotel in Notting Hill doesn’t quite have you swimming in the stuff, but it’s certainly tapped into something good. The concept comes from the team behind Portobello Road Gin and comprises three en-suite bedrooms on the building’s peaceful top floor, two bars and The Ginstitute masterclass in the basement. Brightly coloured tapas bar-restaurant GinTonica is well worth a visit too. It's worth noting this accomodation is adults-only, however, that doesn't mean you can't have fun.
The gin tip continues at The Laslett, with products by London brand Sipsmith, alongside other local goods by Workshop Coffee and Joe's Tea. Situated right by Notting Hill Gate tube, the place is stuffed with British furniture and artwork, as well as a fine lobby bar and a library of artsy fartsy books. The rooms have Big (note: not mini) bars full of craft beer and locally sourced treats, classic Penguins for bedtime reading and toiletries from Neal's Yard Remedies. Should you find time to leave such a heaven, you're less than a minute from the tube.