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35 Things to Do in Notting Hill

Notting Hill is one of the most diverse communities in London, and it’s one of the most exciting places to explore in the capital. Made famous by the rom-com hit Notting Hill, this is an eclectic district that’s known for its colourful houses and its vibrant yearly carnival.

You can indulge in wonderful food, see performances at the local theatres and shop and eat at Notting Hill’s bustling markets.

To inspire your trip to London, here are the best 35 things to do in Notting Hill.

The Best Sights and Attractions in Notting Hill

  1. The Colourful Houses of Notting Hill

Notting Hill is known for its wonderfully colourful streets, and it’s the vibrant coloured houses that really give the area its unique character.

You can find these lovely rows of terraced houses across Notting Hill, but the most famous are on Portobello Road, where much of the film Notting Hill was shot.

  1. Portobello Road

Portobello Road is one of the most famous locations in London, and you’ll find that it’s always a busy and bustling place to visit.

This is where you’ll find the most colourful houses in Notting Hill, as well as some of the best cafes and restaurants, and the iconic Portobello Road market. This is the centre of Notting Hill and one of the best places to visit for shopping and to find local market stalls

Portobello Road sign

  1. St Luke’s Mews

St Luke’s Mews is a historic part of Notting Hill between All Saints Road and St Luke’s Road.

Mews were originally designed as stables for travellers and coaches that were passing through.  Since that era of transportation has long since passed, St Luke’s Mews is now mostly housing but retain their unique, historic style.

  1. Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

On Lancaster Road, you’ll find one of the most fascinating museums in London. The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising offers an insight into the history of consumerism in the UK.

You’ll be taken on a journey that starts in the Victorian era and looks at how famous household brands have evolved over the decades.

  1. Pottery Lane

For a look at the history behind Notting Hill, take a walk down to Pottery Lane, where you can see lasting evidence of how this whole area was once a slum.

Although Notting Hill is now one of London’s most affluent and sought-after areas, in the 19th century it was a notorious place to live, with squalid and dirty living conditions.

  1. Beehive Kiln

Pottery Lane was given its name because the street was originally used by brick makers. It was once lined with pottery and brick kilns, which were used to produce large quantities of bricks to fuel London’s expansion.

Tucked amongst the nice houses on Pottery Lane, you can still see one of the original brick kilns, known as the Beehive Kiln for its distinctive shape.

  1. Hyde Park

Notting Hill is located very centrally in London. Close to the district, you can visit many famous London sights and attractions, including Hyde Park.

The iconic park is the perfect place for a stroll or a picnic on a hot summer’s day.

  1. Kensington Palace

Located in Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is a wonderful place to learn about the Royal Family.

This is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with some of the minor royals. The grand stately rooms and gardens are open to the public.

Kensington Palace Gardens

  1. Graffik Gallery

Graffik Gallery is one of the best places to visit in Notting Hill because this is an art gallery dedicated to street art and graffiti.

The gallery has hosted some of the world’s most famous street artists, while they often hold art classes and graffiti workshops too.

  1. Temple Gallery

The Temple Gallery is another great art gallery to visit in Notting Hill. But rather than being devoted to street art, the focus is on ancient art instead.

A more traditional art space, at Temple Gallery you can see many works of religious art, with a heavy emphasis on Eastern Orthodox Christianity and sacred religious works.

  1. Tabernacle

The Tabernacle is a theatre in Notting Hill that works as a multipurpose events venue. It’s located within a heritage-listed building dating back to the 19th century.

The Tabernacle hosts a wide range of concerts, plays and workshops throughout the year, and is a fantastic venue for creatives in Notting Hill.

Shops and Markets

  1. Portobello Road Markets

There are some great markets in London and Portobello Road is one of them. It has a fantastic selection of shops, ranging from vintage retail outlets to local food stores. But it’s the local market that really attracts the crowds.

The markets are on every day, and technically many of the arcades and shops are part of them. On the weekends you’ll find more stalls and vendors on the street, as well as buskers, artists and performers.

  1. Golborne Road Market

At the far end of Portobello Road is Golborne Road, where you have an equally vibrant marketplace. Golborne Road Market is on every day of the week too and it’s best known for its antique and secondhand market stalls.

Notting Hill Market

  1. Lutyens and Rubinstein

If you are a lover of books and literature, then a visit to Lutyens and Rubinstein is a must. The quirky bookstore is one of the most legendary independent stores in London.

  1. Rough Trade

If you’re into music, then Rough Trade is a great place to visit in Notting Hill. This independent record store sells a fantastic selection of music, including old vinyl and rare LPs.

  1. Vintage Shops

Notting Hill’s unique character is represented well in the district’s shops, and some of the best are the vintage shops. You can find stores packed with antiques and souvenirs collected from around the world.

  1. Vegan Night Market

Notting Hill’s culinary creatives come to life at the Vegan Night Market, which is held intermittently throughout the year on Ladbroke Grove.

The focus is on plant-based food naturally, and it’s one of the best of its kind in London. It also stays open late into the night!

  1. Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday morning in a car park on Kensington Street, locals gather to buy produce from farmers and produce growers selling their wares at the Farmers’ Market.

It’s an intimate market, but the best place to buy local products, ranging from fruit and veg to freshly baked pies.

  1. Books for Cooks

A great local bookstore to visit is Books for Cooks, a shop that is dedicated to offering the best cookbooks and cooking related literature in London. As well as selling an enormous range of cookery books, they also run a lovely on-site cafe.

Books for Crooks Notting Hill

Kids

  1. Biscuiteers Icing Cafe

For a fun few hours, head over to Biscuiteers Icing Cafe with the kids, where they can get some hands-on practice icing their favourite cakes and biscuits. As well as being able to enjoy an amazing range of handcrafted sweet treats, the cafe runs special icing classes so you can try your hand at learning their techniques.

  1. Electric Cinema

The Electric Cinema first opened its doors to film lovers in 1910. Today it can proudly claim to be one of the oldest working cinemas in the capital.

While being a thoroughly historic place, the cinema is the perfect place to take kids to catch an afternoon showing or weekend film, as they have a great range of movies playing including classics and new releases.

Electric Cinema

  1. Holland Park

Holland Park on the edge of Notting Hill and Kensington is one of the best places to take kids in the area. This large public space has some lovely grassy areas, the famed Kyoto Gardens and waterfalls, and it’s usually much quieter than the more famous Hyde Park.

Food and Drink

  1. The Churchill Arms

Named for Britain’s Second World War Prime Minister, the Churchill Arms is easily the most iconic pub in Notting Hill. The interior is full of memorabilia celebrating Winston Churchill, but rather than serving classic pub food, the speciality here is Thai food.

  1. Electric Diner

The Electric Diner is a fine Notting Hill establishment that serves food all day. This American-inspired diner has an American-style menu with pancakes and bacon for breakfast, and hefty burgers for the rest of the day.

  1. Andina

True to Notting Hill’s diverse cultural influences, one of the best restaurants to visit is the Andina, which serves up Peruvian food. With a range of Peruvian classics on offer, you can enjoy everything from fresh ceviche to platters of slow-cooked pork.

  1. Acklam Village

If you love London’s ever-growing, laid-back street food vibes, then head over to Acklam Village where you can find Notting Hill’s trendiest food court. As well as hosting a bar and range of street food stalls, Acklam Village also hosts live music events.

Acklam Village Notting Hill

  1. The Chipping Forecast

For some of the best fish and chips in Notting Hill, head to All Saints Road where you can find the perfectly named Chipping Forecast.

They specialise in quality fish and chips, offering a range of batters from simple breadcrumbs to classic beer-batter.

  1. Gin Tonica Distillery

The Gin Tonica Distillery is an establishment dedicated to the best gin in Notting Hill. This is the home of Portobello Road Gin. As well as being able to see the distillation process first-hand, you can also try many a gin and tonic at their gin bar.

  1. Granger and Co

Another classic Notting Hill eatery is Granger and Co, which is one of the best places to go for an excellent breakfast or brunch. It’s the Aussie style here, so you can expect laid-back surroundings and plenty of avocados.

  1. Farm girl

Another classic eatery is Farm Girl, where you can pick up an excellent breakfast or brunch. It’s a health-conscious restaurant, but while it uses lots of fresh, local produce on its menu, the menu is inspired by cuisines from around the world.

Events and Activities

  1. The Coronet Theatre

Notting Hill is a wonderful place for artists and creatives alike. One of the best places to watch theatre in the area is at the Coronet Theatre.

Formerly known as the Print Room, the theatre prides itself on hosting off-West End productions with a focus on independent and niche theatre and film that you won’t find on show in many other places in London.

  1. The Gate Theatre

For a real theatre treat, head to the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. Located above a pub, the Gate Theatre has the distinction of being one of the smallest theatres in London, with just 75 seats inside the venue.

The theatre has hosted a number of award-winning shows over the years and has seen a surprising number of actors working here who then went on to become household names.

  1. Bay 66 Skatepark

One of the most famous skate parks in London is the Bay 66 Skatepark, which is located in Notting Hill. If you’re into skateboarding or simply just want to watch some semi-pros in action, then swing by for a visit.

  1. Walking Tour

There are lots of walking tours devoted to helping you to discover the best of Notting Hill. One of the best ways to uncover the area’s hidden past and quirky secrets is on one of these tours, which range from history to movie-filming locations.

  1. Notting Hill Carnival

The biggest event in the Notting Hill calendar – and one of the biggest events of the year anywhere in London – is the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival.

This is a lively celebration of Notting Hill’s fantastically diverse community, held on the August bank holiday weekend. You can join in as thousands descend onto the streets to celebrate life with music, good food and the famed Notting Hill parade.

Crowded Notting Hill Carnival

As London specialists, we know a thing or two about the best things to do in Notting Hill, as well as the rest of the capital. While you’re in town, check out Premium Tours’ range of London Tours. We’ll show you the best of the city.

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