Notting Hill



Charlie-Marshall-Loaf-LOTI LOAF founder and Notting Hill resident CHARLIE MARSHALL says: Swing by our new Notting Hill Shack too! We’re tucked just off Ladbroke Grove in a beautiful 1930s art deco building so it’s a good way to escape the hustle and bustle. Plonk yourself in front of retro re-runs on one of our ridiculously comfy sofas down in the basement cinema-come-den or have a bounce in our Mattress Testing area up in the eaves of our loft. loaf-shack-LOTI

Lancaster Court, 103 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QN


Charlie-Marshall-Loaf-LOTI LOAF founder and Notting Hill resident CHARLIE MARSHALL says: Westway is a good spot to go climbing later in the morning. After, try sitting on plastic chairs eating from the Moroccan fried fish stalls near Portobello to regain your energy. WestWay-LOTI

Westway, Notting Hill


Charlie-Marshall-Loaf-LOTI LOAF founder and Notting Hill resident CHARLIE MARSHALL says: If we have a babysitter my wife and I head out to Dock Kitchen for supper in the converted wharf building there on Grand Union Canal. The menu changes seasonally and it’s got great views over the water. dock-kitchen-LOTI

Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU


Charlie-Marshall-Loaf-LOTI LOAF founder and Notting Hill resident CHARLIE MARSHALL says: There’s no better ice-cream than Gelato Mio in Holland Park so that’s a pretty perfect treat at the weekend. If my kids are behaving themselves we’ll also buy lots of fresh ingredients from the farmers’ market (try Queen’s Park Market on a Sunday) and make our own pizzas. gelato-mio-LOTI

138 Holland Park Avenue, W11 4UE


Charlie-Marshall-Loaf-LOTI LOAF founder and Notting Hill resident CHARLIE MARSHALL says: I’d recommend heading off the tourist track a bit and visiting Golborne Road market instead of Portobello as its got really good antique shops and interesting market sellers to chat to. The streets are full of quirky coffee shops and artisan bakeries but Falafel King and Pizza East are two of my favourites. golborne-LOTI

Golborne Road


farro-ball-loti If you don't mind splashing a little colour (and a little money) on the walls of your home, head to the Farrow & Ball showroom. The showroom proudly boasts the entire paint and wallpaper collection, so you'll be spoilt for choice. Don't get carried away now!

Chepstow Corner, 21-22 Chepstow Pl, W2 4XE


wolfbadger-loti Wolf & Badger is now a popular name, famous for it's website that brings together the best, independent designers from around the world. Their boutique in Notting Hill brings together the best women's clothing and accessory designers in physical form, so you get the opportunity to try things on before you buy them. Ace!

46 Ledbury Road, W11 2AB


oxfam-boutique-loti Even at the best of times, charity shop shopping can be grim. So for a charity shop experience that doesn't feel like rifling through dead people's clothes, whilst still giving back to charity, head to the Oxfam Boutique. It specialises in both men and women's designer clothes, as well as accessories and some homeware.

245 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SE


portobello-star-loti The site on which the Portobello Star now sits has been serving up drink and good times to Londoners since 1740. Nowadays, it's taken the form of a stripped back, contemporary bar that serves a damn good cocktail. If you're feeling peckish, or need to line your stomach, they also serve snacks, sandwiches and bar food.

171 Portobello Rd, W11 2DY


museum-brands-loti A guided tour of the history of branding, there are around 12,000 different items in the Aladdin's cave that is the Museum of Brands. Amongst other things, you can check out Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes and a 1970s Chopper Bike.

111-117 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QT


portobello-market-loti Over 300 years old, Portobello Road market is the world's largest antiques market. However, it's not just antiques that you can buy. Open seven days a week, you can pick up fashion, both old and new, fruit and veg, collectibles, bric-a-brac and much more.

Portobello Road, W10 5TA,


mall-tavern-loti For over 150 years, The Mall Tavern has been a mainstay of The Notting Hill community. It has changed hands numerous times and been through many incarnations and in 2010 it was taken over by the current management team who have bought the venue completely up to date. The current Mall Tavern is a gastropub that takes great pride in its menu with old favourites sitting comfortably alongside more experimental and innovative dishes. The pub is divided in half with a very busy bar area in one part with the other being reserved for diners. The atmosphere releasable and fun, the after-work crowd enjoying a drink gives the place a buzz that carries into the relaxed dining area. The man behind the menu is highly-rated chef Jesse Dunford-Wood and his reputation is, judging by our visit, thoroughly earned. mall-tavern-loti Our meal started of with fresh, warm soda bread which was quickly followed by our starters. The pork pie is described on the menu as 'remarkable' and they're not wrong. Chunky, meaty pork encased in crumbly pastry, a great version of a traditional classic. The fried Brie with cranberry sauce was even better, gooey molten cheese encased in breadcrumbs that tasted like heaven itself. It's probably not considered a health food (I don't want to know how many calories are in it), but my God, it's gooood. Having set the bar high with starters of exceptional quality, the mains had a lot to live up to, but did just that. The presentation of the dishes is exquisite in every case. The roast Goosnargh chicken was served with rainbow chard, peas and girolles, providing a multi-coloured background to the juicy, flavourful poultry. The salt beef brisket is served alongside potato dauphinoise and green beans in a rich onion and mustard sauce. Reminiscent of the classic salt beef of Brick Lane, the dish is a very posh version of the street food staple. mall-taven-loti To wrap up the meal, we ordered the cheese board to share, a generously-sized portion of three types of cheese plus a wide variety or crackers and flatbreads. The service was attentive and good humoured, with friendly, efficient staff. The meal was also relatively good value for money, with meals of this quality costing significantly more elsewhere. A real treat for the locals of Notting Hill, and worth the trip for the rest of us.

71-73 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RU


arts-club-loti A basement events space that holds everything from art exhibitions to club nights to movie screenings in the centre of Notting Hill. They also have a bar, serving a wicked selection of cocktails and shooters, as well as ciders, craft beers and wine.

21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ


penny-market-loti Anything and everything a chap can unload, is sold off the barrow in Portobello road. But you'll definitely find what you WANT on Portobello Road at The Penny Market. With a line up of producers including Borough Cheeses, Blackhand charcuterie, Oak and Smoke fish and Lulin tea, those barrows filled will be filled high with fresh and organic produce, as well as natural products from some of the best soap and candle makers around. So you'll be sure to find something worth spending all those pennies on at The Penny Market.

314- 334 Portobello Road, W10 5RU


concotte Not that London needed another cluckin' chicken joint, but we got one and Cocotte is doing it right. Taking roost in Notting Hill, the healthy rotisserie serves up free-range birds from La Chapelle d’Andaine farm in France. So we decided to ditch Nandos and venture West to give it a go. With a simple menu, the marinated roast chicken takes centre stage and comes either whole, half or quartered. Succulent and flavoursome, it's exactly what it says on the tin. But the real dilemma is choosing sides from the HUGE list of healthy salads including our fave, the Fernande salad with barley, pomegranate, feta, baby salad and spring onions to the less healthy truffle mac 'n' cheese and THOSE baby roast potatoes with chicken gravy. HUBBA HUBBA. When it came to dessert the selection is small but their mochi; small balls of ice cream coated in a sticky rice cake, are perfect if you've over indulged (and let's face it you will have) cocotte Cocotte might be the new kid on the block, but this neighbourhood joint definitely isn't wingin' it.

95 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW


Farmacy Nachos We're all jumping on the band wagon of clean eating, but where should you go to get your prescription of healthy, tasty food? Farmacy of course. The new plant-based restaurant has just opened in Notting Hill, serving up vegan and vegetarian dishes, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. And no, they aren't serving meals made of air. With a focus on 'clean indulgence' (something we've never before partaken in), the menu is not just made up of salads and protein boosters, there's also a selection of healthy comfort foods and cocktails. So we kicked off with the vegan and gluten free nachos with guac, refried beans, salsa and chipotle mayo made from cashew nuts. For mains we opted for the millet, black bean and mushroom 'Farmacy Burger' and the spelt sourdough pizza with roasted veg and 'macadamia' cheese - both were fresh, filling and packed with flavour. When it came to dessert, it was a tough choice, but we finally settled on the lemon cheesecake bowl and the rich Austrian Sacher cake with tigernut milk Nice Cream, maybe not as guilt free as we'd like to think, but both were completely vegan, so that's gotta be some points there, right? Cutting no corners Farmacy also shakes up a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from their Alchemy Bar, using ingredients known for their medicinal benefits including flaxseed oil, cayenne pepper and even cannabis oil to give you a good and proper healthy boost. For a healthy, guilt free dinner, Farmacy is just what the doctor ordered.

74- 76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH


peyotitomain-LOTI Tequila is to wake the living, Mezcal is to wake the dead...well that's what Peyotito say anyway and the new Mexican in Notting Hill doesn't get much wrong. The hidden gem opened up at the beginning of July serving up a modern Mexican menu. With exposed brick and a concrete bar the place has an industrial feel, but definitely doesn't lack any Latino atmosphere - it was in full fiesta mode when we popped down on a Friday night. The menu is split into five main areas Ensaladas, Crudos, Ceviche, Moles and Maza. With so much choice we went for a selection across the board, but the real standouts were the Tostada de Atun; yellowfin tuna, salsa macha and guacamole puree and the super soft Mole De Olla; short rib slow cooked in traditional dried chile broth. Then there's the Churro con chocolate because churros are ALWAYS a good idea and so are Peyotitio's take on the Margarita; spicy Tajin salt rim, Blanco tequila, Cointreau, Agave syrup, lime juice and a sneaky shot of Mezcal. Go for the food, stay for the cocktails!

31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU


loti-pizza Guess who's back, back again. Oh yes the original Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill has relaunched and as well as a face-lift upstairs, the restaurant also features a new downstairs, private members bar in which you can shake off all that food, dancing until two in the morning. Menu wise you can expect all the same grub with a few new additions, including a tropical sea bream ceviche and a roti pizza, topped with jerk chicken and sweet potato. And if that doesn't float your boat, they've also introduced a brand new Jamaican brunch menu that will have you rum'ming out of bed at the weekends.

6-8 All Saints Rd, W11 1HH


electric-cinema-loti One of the oldest working cinemas in the country, the Electric Cinema's interior reflect it's long history. Plus, it's probably one of the most comfortable places to watch a film in the country, with double beds, sofas and arm chairs for your viewing pleasure!

191 Portobello Rd, W11 2ED


granger-co-loti Granger & Co, Notting Hill is the original restaurant of the brand, opened by Aussie Bill Granger in 2011.There are now two other branches, in CLerkenwell and Notting Hill, all of which serve similar, pretty eclectic menus, drawing on both Asian and Italian influences to offer a bit of a global fusion. The menu is split into several sections: small plates, bowls and grains, big plates, and BBQ. It's one of those menus where you want to order absolutely everything but it was the small plates section where we came across the most winners.

175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB


egg-break-loti Egg Break opened in Notting Hill at the beginning of the month, a co-lab between Ennismore, the peeps behind The Hoxton and Soho House. The laid back little joint is located just around the corner from Notting Hill tube station on a quiet residential street. Inside it's pretty simple and light, but it's the menu that makes it worthy of a trip. Themed all around eggs (yep the clue really is in the name) there's a good selection that ranges from pure filthy to healthy and light - hey this is Notting Hill people, they don't all want deep fried and dirty! Of the lot we LOVED the Fried Chicken and Egg bap with green tomato, red onion and mayo; the bacon and kale bap; the crispy polenta, mushroom ragu and fried egg; and the deep fried cabbage. Then there's the desserts. Baked salted caramel custard, chocolate tart with charred marshmallow and lemon bar with burnt butter crust. It's fair to say we stuck to the unhealthy side of the menu but hey you gotta do what you gotta do. Get down for some eggs-tremely tasty dishes...And you thought we'd gone pun free.

30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA,


notting-hill-book-shop-loti Any film-buffs amongst you may have already guessed the significance of this innocuous-looking bookshop. Yep, you guessed it. It's THAT travel bookshop from the film Notting Hill. Having expanded it's range since the iconic British film, however it now sells books on a variety of different topics. It also has a blue plaque on the outside to commemorate the film that made it famous. It's worth the trip for that alone!

13 Blenheim Cres, W11 2EE

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