It has been close to a year since I moved from Copenhagen to London and I have now had the chance to try things here and there and am now able to put together my version of some of the best things to do in Notting Hill. Although it seems like you can never get to try everything in this city – there is simply too much to do and too little time. Anyway, let’s get on with is shall we?
Where to have breakfast and brunch in Notting Hill:
Simple and good: Tab x Tab
Technically this places is probably located in the arena of Bayswater, buuuut anywaaay. Tab x Tab is fairly new to the area and a good addition to the collection of breakfast and brunch places around here. The food is simply, yet delicious, the coffee lovely and best of all, served beautifully. It is the perfect place for a pre-work breakfast. Also you are allowed to bring your computer and sit by the window with a view of Westbourne Grove.
The go to: Eggbreak
The go to for.. that’s right! Eggs! But also so much more. Located in a small residential street behind Notting Hill Gate this is one of those breakfast places you don’t just visit once. A must try is the Turkish Eggs, simply mouthwatering. Eggbreak is open from 8am everyday (yay for earlybirds), babies and buggies welcome.
Like Tab x Tab, Farmacy is also located on Westbourne Grove, where all the magic happens, like they used to say in the ‘00. This is one of the dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-free and all the other frees, go to places. Get your quinoa porridge, banana-coconut pancakes, freshly squeezed juice and your soy-almond-coconut-oat-rice milk latte in cozy surroundings. This place is definitely worth a visit.
The Bakery: Fabrique
Fabrique is without a doubt the best bakery in Notting Hill. It is a stone oven bakery from Stockholm, Sweden and has the best treats from Scandinavia. I always come here in the weekends to bring home some sourdough buns and some Danish rye for my stash but their golden egg is the cinnamon or cardamom swirl buns – they are to die for! Literally.
The Hidden: The Library @ The Henderson Bar, The Laslett Hotel:
I was just here recently to have breakfast with my parents and I instantly put it in my book as the perfect place for some sunday morning me time. It is small, it’s quite and nicely decorated. Especially the quietness is a real game changer as most of the breakfast places in Notting Hill are cramped and noisy on weekend mornings (In fear of sounding like an old shrew). But it is just the perfect place for a slow morning with a pot of tea, some relaxing music and a book or a newspaper.
Granger & Co.: This place has one of the best coffees in town if you ask me, also theWith several locations in London the Notting Hill restaurant is always very busy, so get there early to avoid standing in line, even on a Tuesday.
Lowry & Baker: Located near Golbourne Rd. in the more quite end of Portobello Rd. This place is small and intimate, serving classics like eggs on toast and smashed avocado toast on the cutest service, giving you the feeling of being in your Grandmas kitchen.
Bluebelles: Just across the street from Lowry & Baker, this place has a great menu and loads of irrisistable baked goods.
The Tin Shed: Perfect for a coffee and a croissant together on the side walk or in the courtyard with your newspaper or favorite magazine.
Things to do in Notting Hill:
When you see the window of Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road, you know why. It is mouth watering! Make sure you choose a good little selection to taste as many of these wonderful cakes as possible. I recommend bringing the cakes to one of the parks or elsewhere, as there are very few seats in the shop.
Explore Kensington Gardens and Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
Even though the two gardens are technically not in Notting Hill, they are within walking distance and too pretty not to mention in this post. It is the perfect break from the Saturday frenzy on Portobello Road and all the people standing in line to get a table for brunch on Sunday mornings.
Shopping on Westbourne Grove
With shops like Aesop, Sandro & Joseph is it easy to get tempted so get some shopping done or just hang out with your latte on the sidewalks of the many cafees and soak in the spirit and the people of Notting Hill. 202, Daylesford and Blend all have outdoor seating and if you are feeling fancy, head down to Bodyism.
Watch A Movie: Electric Cinema, Portobello Rd.
Forget the modern way of going to the cinema, because this is how you do it! The Electric Cinema was first opened in 1910’s and when stepping over the foot step, it is like you are walking directly into a different era. Enjoy your movie night in large chesterfield armchairs with your own coffee table and foot stool and if you are cold? They have cashmere blankets for you, obviously. If you feel like getting even more comfy, book yourself the 2 seater sofas or even the double beds in front. And don’t forget your Martini shaken, not stirred from the Cinema Bar. Yes, there is a bar in the cinema.. Make sure to book a week-ish in advance as tickets sell out quite fast.
Where to go for dinner in Notting Hill:
The Romantic: Cepages
A cute, intimate french wine bistro with candles, french waiters and all the delicasies you connect to France making it such an authentic little spot. Almost like stepping through a door and then you are in France. It is the perfect place for a date night or when you haven’t seen your best friend for too long and you need to share a bottle of wine (read; 2). Brunch is also available at Cepages, which I have yet to try.
The Regular: The Oak
The Oak is pretty much for every thing and every day really. I love this place so much I have to tell myself no! You can’t eat there EVERY night, it’s weird and you can’t afford it. This Italian place serves mainly pizza and pasta with some killer wine and has the cutest outdoor seating for those long summer nights (that finally came). While you wait for your table, why don’t you try their upstairs bar with a refreshing GT in the chesterfield sofas. No bookings taken.
The Oustanding: Mazi
Mazi is a small Greek restaurant and is always busy, even on a cold and boring Wednesday and for good reason. The atmosphere and not to mention the food, is absolutely splendid! Make sure to order the zucchini balls and to book a table 2-3 days in advance or even a week in advance if you plan on visiting during the weekend.
ULI: A lovely Thai restaurant with an outdoor terrace, located just off Notting Hill Gate.
Peyotito: This place is something as exotic as a Mexican tapas restaurant and it is delicious.
MAM: Newly opened Vietnamese place, need I say more? We all like Vietnamese.
The Chipping Forecast: With their motto being from hook to Hill what is not to like. They serve the BEST fish & chips, plus sometimes the owner brings his dogs (love, love, love!)
Thank you so much for reading and if you have any good advice on places in Notting Hill or London, I would love you hear them!