Notting Hill is an exciting area of London and it’s often on the top of people’s must-see lists when they come to the city – and for good reason!
Sometimes people just want to come and walk the areas that were included in the film – Notting Hill – itself. It was a popular movie and areas like Portobello Road certainly continue to garner attention thanks to the lighthearted rom-com starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
However, people flock here year after year to come to the famous Notting Hill Carnival, which is one of the biggest events in London’s calendar. It is a spectacle of music, colours, dance, food and drinks that is attended by people who love parties and big days out. It’s a completely family-friendly festival, so you should definitely bring your kids with you to this event if you get the chance. There are lots of activities for children of all ages to get involved with, so take the opportunity to enjoy some real fun together at the carnival.
One thing that often surprises people is how big the Notting Hill area of London actually is. It covers several streets and there is a huge array of boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants that are just waiting to be discovered. We’ve outlined just a few of the main attractions that you can explore when you’re in this part of London.
There are attractions in every area of London that you just can’t miss and although we’ve referred to them as standard, make no mistake that they’re each impressive in their own way.
Portobello Road Market is a must for everyone who is interested in Notting Hill – again, it was featured heavily in the movie, but it’s also widely regarded at London’s best antiques market.
It runs every day and is the length of Portobello Road, you can always bag yourself a bargain from one of these stalls, particularly if you’re a good haggler! This is a great way for you to see some really authentic London at its best and because it’s on seven days weekly, you won’t have to worry about missing it at any point.
The people who run the stalls that comprise the market also tend to be true Londoners who have lived in the city for most of their lives – if not in their entirety. So, if you’re looking for some advice about where to eat, things to do, or how best you can enjoy Notting Hill then these are the folks you’ll want to speak to.
Holland Park is also nearby, which is the perfect spot to have a picnic in the summer and it’s particularly lovely for an evening walk. There happens to be a Michelin-starred restaurant in the park too, so you can really make a whole evening out of a trip to the park!
The Serpentine Gallery
As there are so many great pieces of art and antiques to be found at the market on Portobello Road, it should come as no surprise that there are also great art galleries all throughout Notting Hill.
One of the best has to be the Serpentine Gallery, which is set in the 260-acre Royal Park in Kensington Gardens.
Enjoy walking along the formal avenues of trees and take in the contemporary art collection in the gallery. In the gardens, you’ll find the famous Peter Pan statue that was commissioned to honour J. M. Barrie, author of the beloved children’s novel.
In the park outside the gallery, you’ll not only find this statue but also the Diana Memorial Walk, which will take you on a seven-mile journey through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’ Park – it’s the perfect summer activity.
London Premier Notting Hill Hotel
Although it isn’t technically an attraction, this is a perfect London city hotel for you to book when you’re staying in Notting Hill.
This hotel is set in one of the most stylish and upmarket areas in London and it spans three townhouses in a block of similar building facades. It’s just six minutes’ walk from the nearest London Underground station and it’s right by Hyde Park.
In terms of reaching other attractions, the London Premier Notting Hill is only 12 minutes’ walk from the antique market we mentioned on Portobello Road. There are also lots of great places all around to find something delicious to eat or drink.
Regarding the hotel itself, the rooms are decorated in a modern and contemporary fashion that sees them looking stylish and equipped with all current furnishings. Even better, all the rooms have free Wi-Fi, so you can get online to browse, or do some work if you need to!
If you choose an upgraded room, extras include freebies like mineral water and wine on arrival and you’ll have access to a club lounge. They also have airy living areas, which is great if you’re travelling with your children, as there’s extra room to move around and for your extra things.
When it comes to breakfast we offer a complimentary continental buffet and the cooked English breakfast is included in the price of your stay.
Extra amenities in the hotel include a fitness centre, so you can work out during your stay and there’s a laundry service if you need something freshened up or pressed while you’re with us.
The Gate Theatre
Unsurprisingly, London is the perfect place to take in some theatre shows. What you might not know, is that there are more places to go besides Leicester Square and its surrounding areas.
The Gate Theatre in Notting Hill is one of these such places and it’s where you go to enjoy a truly intimate experience, as it seats a maximum capacity of only 70 people. I
It’s in a unique location above a smart pub in the area and it has the reputation for showcasing the work of undiscovered brilliance when it comes to international playwrights in London.
This is your opportunity to come and see theatre that is written by smart and creative people and actors who are working their way towards their big break. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you’d seen a big star way back when they were just in a tiny theatre in Notting Hill?
If theatre isn’t your thing, the venue also doubles as a cinema and with its luxurious velvet chairs and extravagant decorations, it’s the perfect place to have a romantic date.
This part of Notting Hill is really a one-stop shop for everything that you could possibly want to see, do and enjoy in the area.
It’s filled to the brim with high-class shops and restaurants and has unique boutiques, art galleries and antiques shops for you to browse through.
If it is designer clothes that you’re particularly interested in and you seek more variety head from here to Ledbury Road, where you’ll find a huge range of well-known designers along with people who are more up and coming. This means that you should find yourself a truly unique souvenir from your trip to the city.
What’s even better about Westbourne Grove is that the Notting Hill Carnival actually passes through the area, so you can enjoy it as a spectator. This is great for those of you who want to see it but don’t want to spend the whole day wrapped up in the hive of activity that it is.