London is known for its beauty, and Notting Hill is perhaps the most beautiful place in London. The pretty neighbourhood is filled with pastel coloured townhouses and fresh flowers, and there are lots of stunning buildings to check out.
The area is also famous for being the filming location for the ultra-popular Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant movie, which is no surprise when you see the beauty of the area.
If you are thinking about visiting Notting Hill but you’re not sure what to do there, don’t worry. There are lots of great things to do, from brunching to checking out the markets and carnivals.
Here are 5 reasons to visit Notting Hill.
5 Reasons To Visit Notting Hill
1. Portobello Road
Portobello Road is the most famous street in Notting Hill, and as soon as you visit you will realise why. The street is home to the world famous Portobello Road Market, one of the largest antiques market in the world. Check out lots of beautiful vintage items as you stroll around, and if you fancy a drink or a snack you can visit any of the cafes, coffee shops, bakeries and historic pubs in the area. There are also some fantastic book shops!
2. The Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill carnival takes place on the August Bank Holiday, and it is the biggest street festival in Europe! Expect lots of dancing and lots of music, but that isn’t all; there will also be huge, colourful floats, professional dancers and performers, steal bands, marching bands and lots of amazing authentic food.
3. The Gate Theatre
If you like theatre you should definitely visit the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. The famous theatre is smaller than many people expect, but despite that it is known for hosting some of the best actors in the UK. Look online to see what acts are on when you are visiting Notting Hill; there is normally a selection of theatre, dance and comedy shows that you can buy tickets for.
4. The Pastel Townhouses
When most people think about Notting Hill, they think about the movie – or they think about the famous pastel townhouses that line the streets. The beautiful houses are perfect picture material, and they encapsulate a classic British sense of style that we adore. Stroll around and take some pictures – and fight the urge to own one yourself!
5. The Restaurants
Notting Hill is also filled with a wide range of restaurants, and thankfully there is a restaurant for every budget. If you want to splash some cash to visit somewhere really special, head to The Ledbury. This fantastic restaurant has a Michelin star, and the food is seriously delicious. You can also sample authentic British cuisine at Hereford Road, or you can order Italian at Essenza.
E&O also serve more exotic Asian tapas, and you can go to the Notting Hill Kitchen to try affordable Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. If you just want a quick snack you can head to the Electric diner for sweet treats and a coffee.