I LOVE London and ADORE Notting Hill. Yes, the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant movie from 1999 did get me out there like every other silly tourist but for the past 18 years my love for the hood has grown, it has become my home away from home. I guess it reminds me of my Brussels neighbourhood but British!
Thank you Sonia for spending the day with me in Notting Hill soo many times these past years!
I created a Google map(click here), easy to download or print for you to enjoy your day in Notting Hill.
WHY GO – If you visit London for the day, meeting a friend for lunch or want to dive into vintage shopping; Notting Hill is THE place. It’s got beautiful pubs (The Earl of Lonsdale, Walmer Castle and The Cow), yummy lunch places (Granger &Co, Farmacy and Redemption), on-trend fashion shopping from high fashion, street wear to market stalls bargains, and of course to sniffle out the best antique and vintage finds on Portobello Road.
5 THINGS TO DO –
Check out the beautiful coloured facades: the colourful frontdoors and houses in bright pinks, blue and yellow just make that hood pop, this beautiful curb appeal is worth looking up for while taking a stroll in the hood.
Buy vintage at Henry Gregory: for every budget you can find a quirky gift or a beautiful antique. I love their red leather cricket balls, the stag horn corkscrews, silver flasks & cocktail shakers and of course the crystal tantaluses ( love that word: you lock your booze up so the staff is not tempted to take a few sips while dusting). This time I got a crystal and silver 1930ties ice bucket and thongs with chicken feet; yep, apparently all the rage back than.
Have lunch at Granger & Co: the Auzzie from down-under is to me one of the biggest inspirational self taught cooks and restaurateurs around, and I have not ever been disappointed making a stop here. Enjoy the Peach Bellinis and order multiple dishes to share and don’t miss out on dessert!
Buy flowers at Wild at Heart: Go on be different and buy yourself a gorgeous bouquet of flowers or a stunning balcony plant as a souvenir of your day in Notting Hill; better yet gift flowers to a dear friend. Nikki Tibbles is a world renowned florist extraordinaire and her bijou turquoise Island shop is just darling! Check our her website and order online for that someone special a little reminder how much they mean to you.
Enjoy a scone and pick up a few necessities at Daylesford farmshop: and yes, I apologies in advance you will want to buy everything in the organic farm store. Not only their amazing selection of produce but also their delectable prepared dishes will entice you to fork out your entire pay cheque. Keep some money for their homeware selection; I can never resist picking up a few pieces : a linen kitchen towel, farm style dessert plate and a fig scented candle made it to my basket this time, as well as their sturdy leather strap farm shopping bag.
pictures and notes by Sandra Slawinski