When I think of my favorite London neighborhoods, Notting Hill always comes to mind. The area offers the perfect mix of everything I love about London, from markets and mews to good food and great nights out. I’ve been spending a lot of time there lately to soak up its colorful houses and atmospheric streets, and today I want to share some of my favorite things to do in Notting Hill.

Things to Do in Notting Hill

Things to Do in Notting Hill

From neighborhood classics to hidden side streets, Notting Hill delights with its ability to both reassure and surprise me. Whether I go to browse the antiques market or sip a Tang-flavored cocktail in an underground bar, there’s something to discover every time.

Biscuiteers, Notting Hill

1. Colorful Houses in Notting Hill

The best things are the rows of colorful houses in Notting Hill. From absorbing the rainbow on Lancaster Road to reveling in the pastels on Chepstow Villas, the neighborhood’s bright hues always put me in a good mood. Notting Hill has some of the prettiest streets in London, and its colors play a big role.

Lancaster Road, Notting Hill

2. Portobello Road Market

So does the endless array of antiques on offer at Portobello Road Market. The world’s largest antiques market, it has everything from vintage maps to your grandpa’s spectacles. The market makes Portobello Road one of London’s most beloved streets. Every time I’m here I make sure to explore the wares in the stalls and duck into the shops to explore their labyrinthine shelves.

Portobello Road, Notting Hill

3. The Mews

Speaking of labyrinths, Notting Hill has some of the best mews in London. One of the most well-known is St Luke’s Mews, with its Instagram-worthy pink house, painted doors, and Notting Hill film fame. But I also love walking down Colville Mews, which is home to colorful shops and picture-pretty homes.

St Luke's Mews, Notting Hill

4. Notting Hill Restaurants and Cafes

Colville Mews is also close to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood. One of my favorite things to do in Notting Hill is explore the food scene, whether it’s stopping for the famous rose latte at Farm Girl or sitting down to dine at The Ledbury.

Rose Latte, Farm Girl, Notting Hill

5. Westbourne Grove

And one of the best concentrations of restaurants and cafes in Notting Hill is on Westbourne Grove. The triangle around Colville Road is colorful with their presence, and alongside them drift the scents of flower shops and chic boutiques. There’s no shortage of places to indulge here, and I always leave feeling like every one of my senses has been satisfied.

Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill

6. Notting Hill Bookshops

But perhaps my favorite places for retail therapy in Notting Hill are the bookshops. From Books for Cooks to The Notting Hill Bookshop and Lutyens & Rubinstein, the neighborhood has more good bookshops in a two-block radius than many areas of London have in total.

Books for Cooks, Notting Hill

7. Notting Hill Bars and Pubs

The same is true for the drinking establishments. At the end of a long day, I love unwinding in the hipster paradise of Trailer Happiness or sipping a classic cocktail at Portobello Star. If I’m in the mood for a pub, The Walmer Castle is a staple and The Westbourne guarantees a good night out. And if it’s pub food I want, I head to The Oak or The Cow.

Restaurant in Notting Hill

By the time I leave, I’ve had no shortage of reminders of why Notting Hill is one of my favorite London neighborhoods. I could keep coming back here and finding new treasures forever, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

What are your favorite things to do in Notting Hill?

Pin it!
Things to Do in Notting Hill

20 Comments on Lady’s 7 Lovely Reasons to Explore Notting Hill

  1. Kiara
    February 20, 2017 at 8:06 am (1 month ago)

    Notting Hill has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time now! Especially when there are so many of this in Instagram! Is there a good time to visit the place to make it devoid of tourists? Or is it usually quiet?

    -Kiara

    Reply
    • A Lady in London
      February 20, 2017 at 10:23 am (1 month ago)

      It’s usually very busy, but weekday mornings in the winter tend to be less hectic.

      Reply
  2. Emma Brady
    February 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm (1 month ago)

    Ottolenghi – my favourite place to visit in the area for lunch or something sweet!

    Reply
  3. Laura
    February 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm (1 month ago)

    Which restaurant is featured in the last photo? Love the interior – beautiful plants!

    Reply
    • A Lady in London
      February 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm (1 month ago)

      It’s Farmacy. I liked the decor better than the food, which is why I didn’t mention it in the post itself.

      Reply
  4. Sea of Wanderlust
    February 20, 2017 at 9:14 pm (1 month ago)

    I love Notting Hill! Great post 🙂

    Kelsey x

    Reply
  5. Eppie
    February 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm (1 month ago)

    When I lived in Hammersmith I would often pop to Notting Holl to mooch in book shops. Such a beautiful part of London!

    Reply
  6. Danielle
    February 22, 2017 at 9:49 am (1 month ago)

    Notting Hill looks so lovely!

    Reply
  7. Emmalisa Tilli
    February 26, 2017 at 8:31 am (4 weeks ago)

    Must add this to the list!!!!!

    Reply
  8. Suzanne Jones
    March 7, 2017 at 9:10 am (3 weeks ago)

    I can’t believe that I’ve never explored Notting Hill! I’m going to put that right on Friday, however, as I’m heading to Ginstitute in Portobello Road for a masterclass in Gin making. Now I have some great tips for what to see in the area, thank you.

    Reply
  9. Martyna
    March 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Thank you for your posts (especially about London)! I was there a few days ago and I fall in love! Your blog helped me so much! <3

    Reply
    • A Lady in London
      March 14, 2017 at 10:25 am (2 weeks ago)

      You’re welcome! I’m glad my blog helped you.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *