Ever wondered what it would be like to hang out in London’s trendiest urban scenes? If only for a day? Well stop that daydreaming and spruce up your next London break with a trip to one of Capital’s most fashionable areas, the one and only, Notting Hill. You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy the sights on offer, just get a load of these fantastic ideas to fill up your day in Notting Hill.
First on the list for visiting the area is the famous Portobello Market. Selling everything from antiques and handcrafted goods to clothes and food, this mile-long street market is a shopaholic’s paradise! To get the most out of your London market experience make sure you immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle, haggle for bric-a-brac, and sample foodie delights from one of the many eateries along Portobello Road.
World-renowned as the second largest street festival in the world, The Notting Hill Carnival is definitely not to be missed. Taking place over August Bank Holiday weekend, there’s no better excuse to let your hair down and party the day away with amazing costumed dancers and incredible musical entertainment. Locals welcome this iconic annual parade, and they also welcome visitors from all over the world to come and join in the fun! Oh and don’t worry, there’s plenty of stalls offering food and drink to help that party spirit run throughout the whole weekend, so make sure you’ve got your whistle and vuvuzelas ready!
Now, we’ve all seen and love the film Notting Hill, but wouldn’t it be lovely to see those iconic movie locations first hand. Fear not, those popular points of interest are easily found with the right insider knowledge…or a quick Google search. Head to Rosemead Gardens to see the very spot where Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant break in to the gardens after too much alcohol induced fun! (Re-enactments not advised). Or visit the iconic blue door of William’s (Hugh Grant) flat door on Westbourne Park Road – now actually black and white, but who cares right?! Alternatively, you can see the store used for William’s Travel Book Co. at 142 Portobello Road. Sadly, it’s no long a bookshop but there’s good news…it’s now a shoe shop. Double the reasons to go if you ask me!
If that’s not enough celebrity stalking to satisfy your needs, then you maybe interested to hear about Madonna’s London real estate obsession. With 5 London properties already under her belt, her most recent purchase was a luxury home in none other than Notting Hill – worth a staggering £10 million might I add! Sneak a peak at her gaff in Notting Hill to see how the rich and famous live it up in London.
For those fond of a Royal garden, a trip to Kensington Park should sit at the top of your to do list in Notting Hill. With a staggering 242 acres to explore, you could easily forget you’re in the city. Admire the beautiful gardens, take a breezy stroll or enjoy a picnic with friends…the options are endless!
For most, the dream of having a W11 postcode is unlikely to become a reality, but a London short break to Notting Hill means we can all have a taste of the high life.
Have you ever visited Notting Hill? What are your top tips for exploring this fashionable London area? Come on, share those travel secrets with us all!
Hayley is Superbreak’s Adventure and Budget travel expert! She’s been back packing around Italy and Eastern Europe and loves to see as many places for as little as possible.