Last May, Garrett and I took a trip to London during the week of the Royal Wedding. We had been to London once before and knew that this time we wanted to stay in Notting Hill. This place has always been special to us because we went to see the movie “Notting Hill” on our first date wayyy back in 1999. It’s such a charming, quaint neighborhood full of cute cafes, colorful buildings, and flowers around every corner. We loved exploring this area of London, and I’ve been dying to share with you the best things to do in Notting Hill so that you can add some of these to your own London itinerary!
Since we decided to stay in an Airbnb, we were able to experience Notting Hill as a local and we truly got a feel for what it would be like to live there. The apartment was in Linden Gardens, just a short walk to the Notting Hill Gate tube stop. We were close enough to walk to most places in Notting Hill, as well as Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and Kensington High Street.
Where to go in Notting Hill
Westbourne Grove is probably the most bustling shopping area in Notting Hill. If you’re looking for trendy shops and restaurants, this is the place you want to be. There’s something for everyone!
The Notting Hill Bookshop
This is the bookshop that inspired the movie “Notting Hill”, although it’s not the actual bookshop where the movie was filmed. It’s still an adorable place that is worth the stop. If you want to see the actual filming location of the bookshop in the movie, head over to Travel Book Shop at 142 Portobello Road. They don’t really have books for sale, but you will find lots of little trinkets and souvenirs.
Ladbroke Grove is another main road that goes through Notting Hill, and it’s a great place to go on a photo walk. There are lots of beautiful buildings, churches, and quaint side streets (although I could say the same for the rest of Notting Hill as well). You really can’t go wrong anywhere in Notting Hill when it comes to photography, but Ladbroke Grove is a great place to start!
Portobello Road Market
One of our favorite things to do in Notting Hill is visit the Portobello Road Market. The streets are lined with vendors selling all sorts of items from vintage tea cups to Banana Nutella Crepes. In other words… all of my favorite things! If you want to shop for antiques, you’ll want to go on a Friday or Saturday. It gets pretty crowded, so I suggest getting there as early as possible.
Where to Eat in Notting Hill
Granger & Co.
The first place we went after we checked into our Airbnb was Granger & Co. If you’re looking for a cute place to have brunch, this is a great option. They also serve lunch and dinner, and their menu has a fairly large variety.
Did you know that London is known for its great Indian food? I had no idea! We stumbled upon Durbar Tandoori one evening, where we had an amazing dinner and ate way too much Chicken Tikka Masala.
In the mood for Italian? Osteria Basilico is another great place we found one day when we needed to grab a quick lunch. I had the Tortelloni with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese. So yummy!
We didn’t make it to Market Thai during this trip, but we have fond memories of it from a few years ago. It’s some of the best Thai food we’ve ever had, and the interior of the restaurant is so unique. Great place for a date night!
The Churchill Arms
I had seen photos of The Churchill Arms online, so I knew I wanted to stop by and see the pretty floral exterior. We grabbed a few drinks there and found out that they also serve Thai food. Totally didn’t expect that from a pub! We didn’t try it that night, but definitely will next time.
We got lucky having this little gem so close to our apartment. They have amazing burgers and other pub food, but we especially loved that they have a pub quiz on Tuesday nights. You have to experience a traditional pub quiz while you’re in London, and you might as well do it where Queen used to hang out (the band, not Elizabeth)! It’s also a dog friendly pub, so you may even get to pet some cute pups while you’re there.
Paul Rhodes Bakery
Another place that was just around the corner from our apartment was this adorable little bakery and coffee shop! It was a great place to grab coffee and a quick bite on our way to the tube stop each morning. Their scones are to die for, and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since!
If you get a craving for ice cream while in Notting Hill, this is the place to go! We couldn’t find any actual ice cream shops in the area, but Unico Gelato was the closest thing to it. They have the yummiest gelato and other Italian desserts!
You’ve probably seen this little biscuit shop on Instagram or Pinterest, and it’s definitely worth stopping by! They make the most adorable hand-iced biscuits (cookies for us Americans), and they’re almost too pretty to eat. If nothing else, you at least have to stop by for a photo. It’s seriously the cutest!
We actually weren’t able to visit Nando’s this time around, but I really wish we had! Nando’s is a fast food chain that sells Portuguese-style Chicken. It’s super popular with the locals, so definitely add this to your list if you want to experience the area as a true Londoner.
If you guys have been to Notting Hill, I would love to hear what you enjoyed most about the area. Have you been to any of these places? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to message me if you have any questions about planning your own Notting Hill trip!