Quick Hits: Insider’s Guide to Notting Hill

Notting Hill rose to fame in 1999 due to a particularly heart wrenching romance between a certain Hugh and Julia. With its colourful houses, quirky shops and annual rowdy carnival, it’s the perfect place to get lost for the day. Here’s our guide on where to eat, play and shop.


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Every wholesome day must begin with a hearty breakfast, and few pull it together as good as they do at Eggbreak (30 Uxbridge St) . Located just a few blocks from Notting Hill Gate station, this all day eatery is the authority on all things eggs. From omelets to eggy pastas, these guys are serious about huevos.

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Once you’ve loaded up on energy it’s time to stretch your legs and explore the streets. Portobello Road Market is an iconic feature, but it only sets up on Saturdays so it would be advisable to plan accordingly. Colorful terraces line the street which houses some of the most unique antique shops in the world.  Between the charming antiques and eccentric vintage fashion stalls are some great local fruit and vegetable vendors, making it your ultimate one stop shop.

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If antiquing isn’t your forte, luxury shopping is still on the cards. Fashionistas should head to the uber trendy Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road which are packed with high end boutiques such as James Perse (216 Westbourne Grove), Matches Fashion (60-64 Ledbury Rd) and Sandro (180 Westbourne Grove)You won’t find a bargain but you will find something special. Don’t forget your social media followers, carry on down Westbourne until you get to Wild at Heart (222 Westbourne Grove). You’ll spot their vibrant flowerstand a mile off just begging for an instagram snap.

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Coveted eateries Granger & Co (175 Westbourne Grove) and 202 Cafe (202 Westbourne Grove) offer chic all day dining, nibbles and coffee. Don your best pair of sunglasses and settle in for a spot of people watching.

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When the clock strikes dinner time the possibilities are endless. If you want to keep it light head to Negozio Classica ( 283 Westbourne Grove). This intimate, candle-lit Tuscan haunt is a favorite amongst locals due to its extensive wine list and delectable small plates. At the other end of the spectrum you can opt for a two Michelin starred dinner at The Ledbury (127 Ledbury Rd) which serves up innovative modern European cuisine and immaculate presentation.

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However, if you overate during the walking tour (it happens to us all) and you’re down to skip dinner, catch a flick at The Electric (191 Portobello Rd, one of London’s oldest and most romantic cinemas owned by Soho House Group. Order an espresso martini, settle into your armchair, huddle under your cashmere blanket and end your day snug as bug.

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