Home to one of the best chick flicks of all time, London’s Notting Hill is the perfect place to visit at the weekend. With a selection of vibrant market stools, quirky cafés and beautiful backstreets, the spot is popular with Londoners looking to indulge in a bit of shopping. Experience the very best Notting Hill has to offer with our guide to spending the day in the area.
No day out in Notting Hill would be complete without walking past the colourful houses after you arrive at Notting Hill Gate station. Some of the most popular rainbow roads in the area include Denbigh Terrace and Portobello Road itself. Cameras at the ready – these colourful streets are any Instagrammer’s dream and, being one of the area’s most iconic features, they’re not to be missed!
If you fancy a spot of brunch, why not take a visit to Farm Girl, located on Portobello Road? The cute café nods to Australian brunch culture offering a healthy yet comforting selection of food with a focus on fresh, wholesome ingredients. The menu boasts a selection of classic brunch dishes including acai bowls and avocado toast and omelettes. The perfect location for a not-so-heavy food stop before a big day of exploring.
Time to hit the area’s most famous weekend attraction, Portobello Road Market – the world’s largest antiques market with a staggering 1,000+ dealers. The market stretches for over half a mile, offering a selection of unique stalls run by some colourful characters. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are the market will have it. As well as offering antique and bric-a-brac-type stalls, there’s also a great selection of clothes, music, flowers, books and crafts. While you’re browsing, make sure you indulge in some of the delicious street food on offer.
Nip in for a cheeky pint at The Churchill Arms. This beautiful drinking spot has stunning flower displays and shrubbery around the outside of the pub, in-keeping with the area’s quaint atmosphere. The pretty pub is also filled with memorabilia as a patriotic nod to the former Prime Minister. The venue has all kinds of nick nacks for punters to admire, from portraits to ceramic collector’s items. Churchill’s grandparents were regular visitors to the pub, which eventually led it being renamed after the historical figure. The adorable venue is the perfect stop for a refreshing drink post-market shopping.
As you set off on your walk towards Kensington, don’t miss the area’s stunning back streets. Make sure you check out the pretty mews surrounding Notting Hill and the creative street art around unexpected corners. Holland Park Mews (one of the most famous in the area) is a collection of houses that are incredibly easy on the eye, with doors, windows and balconies all arranged in near-perfect symmetry. Prepare for some serious retail envy!
If you want to stretch your legs even more, take a stroll around Holland Park. The green space is located right between two of the most luxurious areas in London (Notting Hill and Kensington). Holland Park has lots to offer weekend visitors including a woodland area, a café, sports facilities and a unique Japanese Kyoto Garden.
If you head south of Holland Park you’ll find yourself at Kensington High Street, the area’s main shopping hub. If nothing in the morning market tickled your fancy, this famous road will certainly satisfy your urge to shop. Or if you’ve worked up an appetite after all the walking, the area boasts a selection of food spots from lavish restaurants to smaller independent cafés.
The final stop of the day is Kensington Gardens, where you can enjoy a brisk walk around the grounds before heading home. Once part of Hyde Park, these royal gardens feature a selection of attractions including Italian Gardens, The Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and, of course, Kensington Palace. The gardens combine old and new features for guests to enjoy and the green space has fixed avenues making it easy to navigate.