I think it’s about time I bring the posts a bit closer to home, literally. I live in an area of London, which is visited by thousands of tourists every Saturday and on top of that this part of London is a generous destination, when it comes to food and shopping.

NOTTING HILL is best known for it’s yearly Notting Hill Carnival and weekly market on Portobello Road. The area was once well known for being the creative and ‘alternative’ hub of London and the Caribbean influences, which links back to the 1950’s, is still parent today. It is a great mix of English heritage, with pearly white townhouses and local pubs at almost every corner, added with that multicultural vibe and eclecticness, welcoming anyone from anywhere making them feel at home. This is what I love most about this area!

The day starts with breakfast, so here is my guide to your way around the early hunger hours. There are many ways of having breakfast: The greasy type, the hipster type, the bohemian type or the ‘on the go’ type.

The Greasy Type

A full English breakfast is a must when in England and when a hangover is knocking. The traditional greasy spoon type caf’ I have found hard to find. However,  Mike’s Cafe on 12 Blenheim Crescent W11 is a good option for that traditional greasy kick to the day.

The Hipster Type

No doubt this is on Westbourne Grove, where you find all the high-end luxury designer shops such as Joseph, Helmut Lang, Matches etc. You will find a row of artisan type restaurants and cafés with delicatessen style retail sections within. My favourite is 202 London. In the summer this is the place to be seen, sitting outside soaking up the sun and people watching. Here you are also a bit away from the Portobello market madness (on Saturdays)

Another favourite is the Electric Diner on Portobello Road. They do a great Eggs Benedict/Royal and American style breakfasts as well. You will also find great healthier options such as home made porridge, quinoa salad and eggs etc.. Poke your head next door and check out their cinema (my fav’ in London) Here you watch a film in the comfort of a huge armchair and footrest, a full service bar and a great sweets selection!

Electric Diner

The Electric Diner

The Bohemian Type

This is a great category to look for in the area. Lowry and Baker is my little local. Here you get their take on the classic breakfast menu all served on mix-matching floral printed porcelain. They have a few tables outside – great for the summer and you will find that this café is for the locals, as it is situated at the far end of Portobello Road, less crowded with tourists….

The Tin Shed is also a great little, laid back place. Perfect for a weekend brunch or a catch up with a good friend. They make their own bread and pastries (something which is hard to find in London) and great coffees. Have a look next door in the book shop, here is also a café serving outside, in their back garden.

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The Lowry & Baker

The Tin Shed

The Tin Shed

On-the-go Type

Here there is only one answer – and that is to try the street food along the market. Halfway down Portobello road (on Saturdays) you will find a culinary delight of vendors making food from all around the world. If you are a few, then try to share as you will have a lot of choice and most likely want to try more than one thing! Remember to leave room for dessert, as there is a great selection for the sweet-hearted.

Alternatively if you are not visiting over the weekend, then try grabbing something from one of the artisan deli’s’ on Elgin Crescent. The Grocer or Mr Christian’s Delicatessen.

STREETS TO KNOW AND VISIT

  • Westbourne Grove. The best place to find high-end shopping, any fashion forward person would love strolling along this street. Check out Granger & Co and Beach Blanket Babylon restaurants.
  • All Saint’s Road. Great for alternative shopping, music, art and books. Check out The Rum Kitchen restaurant.
  • Elgin Crescent. Just off Portobello Road, this road has great delicatessens and speciality shops.
  • Kensington Park Road. Perpendicular to Elgin Crescent you will find a few boutiques and shops. Check out Osteria Basilico, Mediterraneo, E&O restaurants and Montgomery Place cocktail bar.
  • Goldborn Road. For antique hoarders and interior lovers like me :) this is the place to visit. At the bottom of Portobello Road, by Ladbroke Grove station, this road has the ‘best for price’ selection of antiques, mid-modern furniture and decorative items. Check out Pizza East Portobello and Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar

Enjoy your visit! :)

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