If you're in need of some new furniture, swing by the Loaf Shack. Located just off Ladbroke grove in a beaut 1930s art deco building, the shack is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill. As well of plenty of pieces to browse and buy, there's a cinema in the basement and a super-soft Mattress Testing Area for you to bounce around in.
Lancaster Court, 103 Lancaster Rd, W11 1QN -
Not only does Dock Kitchen have great views over the Grand Union Canal (it is housed in a converted Victorian wharf building after all) but the kitchen isn't afraid to be a little experimental. Run by Stevie Parle, who also owns Rotorino, Palatino and Sardine, the menu changes daily and draws influence from all over the world, so you could be eating anything from beef kofte with chopped salad to cod and octopus hot and sour curry to fresh baked madeleines.
Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU -
Kensal Green Kensal Green Westbourne Park
Gelato Mio scoops up sone of the best ice cream in West London with a range of sorbets and seasonal flavours joining their staple selection. It's the perfect place for a pit-stop if you're out shopping at the market too.
37 Pembridge Road, London W11 3HG, United Kingdom -
Notting Hill Gate
Instead of going to Portobello Road, head off the tourist track a bit (actually just off the top end of Portobello Market) and go exploring at Golborne Road Market. It's got great antique shops and interesting market sellers who are always up for a chat, as well as plenty of quirky coffee shops and artisan bakeries lining the streets.
101a Golborne Rd, London W10, UK -
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 -
Wolf & Badger is now a popular name, famous for its website that brings together the best independent designers from around the world. Their boutique in Notting Hill has the same mix but in physical form so you can check out the clothes and accessories before you buy, and we do like that.
46 Ledbury Road, W11 2AB -
Ladbroke Grove Notting Hill Gate
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 in Westbourne Grove. It specialises in both men and women's designer clothes, as well as accessories and some homeware.
245 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SE -
Ladbroke Grove Notting Hill Gate
The site on which the Portobello Star now sits has been serving up drinks 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 -
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 -
Over 300 years old, Portobello Road Market is the world's largest antiques market. However, it's not just antiques that you can buy - you can pick up fashion, both old and new, fruit and veg, collectibles, bric-a-brac and much more, and although Saturday is the main day there are stalls open during the rest of the week too.
Portobello Road, W10 5TA, -
Ladbroke Grove Westbourne Park
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 the current Mall Tavern is a gastropub that takes great pride in its menu with old favourites sitting comfortably alongside more 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 is fun - the after-work crowd enjoying a drink gives the place a buzz that carries into the relaxed dining area. You can choose from pub classics, like fish & chips, beef & ale pie and ribs, and more restaurant dishes like pan fried sea bream with orzo, and they serve up a bangin' Sunday Roast too.
71-73 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RU -
Notting Hill Gate
The Notting Hill Arts Club is a basement events space that holds everything from art exhibitions to club nights to movie screenings. 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 -
Notting Hill Gate
Anything and everything a chap can unload is sold off the barrow on 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. Even better, they give 50% of the profits to charity.
314- 334 Portobello Road, W10 5RU -
Not that London is short of cluckin' chicken joint, Cocotte is one that's doing it right. The healthy rotisserie serves up free-range birds from La Chapelle d’Andaine farm in France and it defo beats Nandos. 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.
95 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW -
Bayswater Royal Oak
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. It's a plant-based menu, with 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, like vegan and gluten-free nachos with guac, refried beans, salsa and chipotle mayo made from cashew nuts and a millet, black bean and mushroom Farmacy Burger. For a healthy, guilt free dinner, Farmacy is just what the doctor ordered.
74- 76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH -
Bayswater Royal Oak
Tequila is to wake the living, Mezcal is to wake the dead...well that's what Peyotito say anyway and we're inclined to believe them. With exposed brick and a concrete bar the place has an industrial feel, but definitely doesn't lack any Latino atmosphere and the modern Mexican menu defo delivers on flavour. It's split into five main areas - ensaladas, crudos, ceviche, moles and maza - but we rate 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 churros con chocolate because churros are ALWAYS a good idea and so is Peyotitio's take on the margarita; spicy Tajin salt rim, Blanco tequila, Cointreau, agave syrup, lime juice and a sneaky shot of mezcal.
31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU -
Guess who's back, back again. Oh yes the original Rum Kitchen returned after a revamp with a new downstairs, private members bar where you can shake off all that food with dancing until two in the morning. Menu-wise it's the same Caribbean grub with other dishes like 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 got Jamaican brunch menu that will have you rum'ming out of bed at the weekends.
6-8 All Saints Rd, W11 1HH -
One of the oldest working cinemas in the country, the Electric Cinema's interior reflects its long history. Plus it's one of the most comfortable places to watch a film, with double beds, sofas and armchairs for your viewing pleasure!
191 Portobello Rd, W11 2ED -
Granger & Co Notting Hill is the original restaurant in the family opened by Aussie Bill Granger in 2011. There are now two other branches in Clerkenwell and King's Cross, and they all serve similarly eclectic menus that draw influence from across the globe. The menu is split into several sections - small plates, bowls and grains, big plates, and BBQ - and it's one of those where you want to order absolutely everything. We find the most winners on the small plates but it's worth a trip down for brekkie too...those eggs are good.
175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB -
Bayswater Notting Hill Gate
Eggbreak, a collab btween Ennismore, the peeps behind The Hoxton and Soho House, is a laid back little joint 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 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! The McMuffin is the one though especially if you've got a hangover you need to shake. Get down for some eggs-tremely tasty dishes...and you thought we'd gone pun free.
30 Uxbridge Street, W8 7TA, -
Notting Hill Gate
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 its range since the iconic British film came out, 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 -