a guide to Notting Hill

Notting Hill seems to be on every body's list of places to drop by while in London. And for good reason. Notting Hill's pastel houses with their matching doors double as a shot of colour on typical gray London days and the perfect backdrops for bloggers. And, let's not forget, it was the setting of a classic Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts film about "...a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her..."

Here's a quick guide for a trip to Notting Hill, particulary your first...

What and where to eat? 

 Notting Hill has beautiful cafes, food trucks, and speciality restaurants, so you're bound to find something delicious to eat. I love the many ethnic eateries in the area. My advice for your first time though?  brunch at Farm Girl Cafe

Farm Girl Cafe provides vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options galore. You've definitely seen it on Instagram, promise. Exiting Notting Hill Gate Station, simply follow Portobello Road and you'll see the cafe's courtyard tucked away. Be prepared to share a table or come early as it gets very busy, very quickly even on weekdays. Their almond milk latte is pretty overpriced and average, but their Matcha and Hibiscus Matcha lattes are delicious and worth every penny. Their Avocado Toast with Pomegranate Seeds is a new take on what has become a trendy cafe staple.

What to do? 

Electric Cinema is a great place to catch a flick on a rainy day. I met a friend here on a particularly gray day and it sure made the most of a dreary day {though it'll cost you over USD$20}.

Main market days are Fridays and Saturdays, so if you're visiting then, make sure to stroll through Portobello Market. You'll find everything from fresh produce to antique and locally-crafted goods. 

If you're a fan of the famous film, you should know that while the touristy travel bookstore is on Portobello Road, if you venture around to 13-15 Blenheim Crescent you'll find the actual travel bookstore. This is the bookstore that William’s establishment was based in the movie. You're welcome! ;) 

After filling your stomach with delicious food and your bag with fun antiques, stop and smell the flowers at Wild at Heart. The bouquets and bundles on sale smell as good as they look! 

You may also be interested in wandering along Notting Hill's residential blocks because, guys, the homes are all photo-worthy. I love a good mews, as they're very sentimental to me, and Notting Hill is full of them! 

Let me know if you found this guide useful in the comments below!


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