8 November 2022

10 things to do in Notting Hill London


1. Take in the city.

Village vibes meet city chic in this colorful corner of the big smoke. So, get set to see a new side of London, right outside Ruby Zoe's front door.

From the pastel shades of bohemian Portobello Road to the annual Carnival parade, there's color and character around every corner of Notting Hill.

One of London's most vibrant cities. From gardens to pubs and markets to palaces there is something for everyone.
St Pancras International Railway Station is less than 20 minutes away and you can be at Heathrow airport in around half an hour.

Notting Hill is a buzzing city filled with culture, music, fashion, history, and atmosphere.

2. Go treasure-hunting at a market

Got an eye for a bargain or just love a browse?

Portobello Road Market is one of the best places in London to seek out antique treasures and trinkets, and it's a short walk from Ruby Zoe. One of the most famous markets globally Portobello Market is a mile long stretch of market stalls down Portobello Road and into Golborne Road. It's open every day except Sunday , so set your alarm to beat the crowds to the best buys.
Here you can find every type of collectable from stamps, jewellery, furniture, vintage clothing, fresh produce, delicious street food, and freshly baked goods. The street is also home to some incredibly talented musicians busking on the streets. This world of wonder is a feast for the senses.

Grab a coffee and a fresh baked delight and find a once in a lifetime vintage gem. You never know what you might find!

Find more information on Portobello Market here:  https://visitportobello.com/

3. Roam around the Farmers' Market.

For a more freshly picked feel, hit Notting Hill Farmers' Market that takes place on Saturday mornings . Just five minutes from Ruby Zoe, it's a treat for the senses, and a great place to pick up some picnic bits.

4. Find your favorite vinyl at Portobello Green Market

More relaxed atmosphere than the busy tourist filled Portobello Market, The Green Market is situated under the Westway, running from Ladbroke Grove, over Portobello Road, and into Acklam Road. It specializes in showcasing vintage fashion, creative designers, vinyl's and antiques.

Find out more information here: http://www.portobellofashionmarket.co.uk/

5.Carnival time.

If you're lucky enough to visit in late summer, be sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Notting Hill Carnival is one of London's most iconic events, and takes place over August bank holiday (the last Saturday-Monday of the month).

From tasty food stalls to powerful steel drums the Notting Hill Carnival reflects the area's Caribbean roots.
London's biggest street party is a celebration of its rich history of Caribbean culture.

You can expect to see 50,000 performers in the parade and more than 30 sound systems, with more than one million people attending over the August bank holiday weekend. Prepare for live stages, enormous sound systems, steel drums and of course the incredible costumes and dance moves of the parading mas bands.

Find out more information about Notting Hill Carnival here: https://nhcarnival.org/

6. Wind down with a wander

Notting Hill is one of London's most colorful areas, so set aside some time for a stroll.

Our favorite spots are Lancaster Road, St Luke's Mews and the flower-festooned Churchill Arms pub. You'll be hard-pressed to avoid a pastel terrace whichever way you wander though.

For a breath of fresh air, head to Holland Park.
This oasis of green is just five minutes from Ruby Zoe and the Kyoto Garden offers a sublime escape from the hustle and bustle.

7. It's just like the movie's check out St Luke's Mews

For the fans of the rom-com classic Love Actually, this is a street not to be missed.
Just a short walk from landmarks like Hyde Park, Paddington station and Kensington Palace
This charming cobblestone street is home to two dozen unique homes. From red brick to pastel and everything in between.

Most notably through is the Instagram-able Pink House.
This was the home to Kiera Knightley's character Julia. The iconic 'You to me, are perfect' scene was filmed here. Be reminded to be polite and quick if taking photographs as it is a residential area. Near by, you will find Hugh Grant's home in the 1999 film with Julia Roberts Notting Hill.

8. Catch up on culture (or just shelter from the rain)

The area around Ruby Zoe is home to some of London's more offbeat museums, galleries, and venues.

So skip the central London crowds and check out these instead.

Head to Graffik Gallery to see works by Banksy and other street artists, or the Design Museum for the stories behind more mainstream creations. The Brand Museum meanwhile is a treasure trove of vintage packaging.

If you're after something more moving, Electric Cinema has been showing films since 1911. With its comfy couches, canapés and cocktail list, it's a far cry from the multiplex of your youth.

9. See a movie in Electric Cinema

A popular part of the very fabric of Portobello Road . This cinema has survived two world wars , a bombing, and a major fire; it garnered world-wide recognition for the phenomenal programming in the 70s; and it was saved from being turned into a Bingo Hall in the 1980s.
It celebrated its centenary in 2011 . This is one of Britain's most historically rich cinemas.

Book tickets here: https://www.electriccinema.co.uk/cinemas/portobello

10. Eat, drink and be merry

Whether you're craving jerk chicken or pad thai, a quick coffee or a delicately iced biscuit, there's food and drink galore in Notting Hill.

Hit the markets for seriously good street food, check out the local pubs for everything from fish and chips to Asian favourites. Or explore the tasting menus of Michelin-starred restaurants – all within a short walk of Ruby Zoe. Coffee shops are ten a penny, but Farm Girl Café is something of a local legend. For foodie souvenirs, our favorite is Biscuiteers. The fairytale shop front is a joy, but step inside to discover the most beautiful biscuits you ever did see. They're super-tasty, too.

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