A famous and fashionable area of West London, Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill is situated in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is a vibrant place to spend any time with a colourful scene of cultural and musical life, including Portobello Road's weekly markets which remain one of London's most buzzing and lively attractions. The incredible diversity in the area derive from the mixture of English, Mediterranean and Afro-Caribbean roots which have led to an extraordinary mix of culture, fashion and variety to which it has been made famous for.
Notting Hill is one of the most exciting and vibrant places that the capital has to offer, its main attraction being Portobello Market. This is one of the most famous street markets in the world, and it is a great destination for both Londoners and tourists alike. Portobello Road goes straight through the heart of Notting Hill, the trendy area of London made famous by the film. The half mile of road contains hundreds of buzzing market stalls, shops and arcades. It's a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music; anyone who wants to find something really unique or loves a great bargain.
Refurbished a few years ago to all its former glory, this comfortable cinema (leather seats!) shows a mixture of current box-office hits and older movies. Try to book the one of the two 2-seater sofas for the ultimate viewing experience, where you can "lie down with a bottle of wine" and relax whilst you watch your film. A great way to relax in between sessions.
A music shop that sells, buys, and repairs guitars, violins, cellos and other musical instruments and has been in business on Portobello Road for 30 years. They have a constantly changing stock of new and used instruments and are more than happy to discuss instrument customisation, pickup replacement/rewinds and other specialist requirements.
They also supply and repair amplifiers, pedals and studio equipment. With a roster of 4 staff on board repairing and setting up instruments on a weekly basis their turn-around can be as quickly as 24 hours. A great stop off in-between studio sessions!
One of the hippest places in trendy Notting Hill. Free entry before 8pm and £5 after, which is quite reasonably priced for London! DJs are there on many evenings, and there is also live music on week nights. There are various events happening on different nights of the week (and the opening hours vary as well) so it's best to check to the website to see what's on.
The Pall Mall deposit features a resturant directly above Arcadium Studios called The Piato.
It is open from 9:00am to 5:00am Monday to Friday and serves a great selection of food, including traditional British and Mediterranean cuisine. Serving breakfast in the morning, fresh coffee throughout the day and a great menu of lunch dishes, it is a popular venue for the local media based companies both in the Pall Mall and in the surrounding areas. With friendly staff and great quality food, its perfect for lunch breaks and meetings.
Having opened their flagship restaurant in Shoreditch, Pizza East have since moved to Portobellowhere they have taken a restored Georgian pub to open a two-floor venue. Delicious pizzas made from top-qulaity ingredients are served in a liht, airy and laid-back space.
Downstairs from the Electric House private members club on Portobello Road is this classic diner with 12 hour menu of French-American food, and which stays open until 1am
Dock Kitchen is a restaurant run by Stevie Parle and whose spontaneous and experimental dished are often inspired by Dock's acclaimed Chefs' personal experiences and travels.
The Paradise is an exclusive gastro pub and private function venue in Kensal Green, which is a short walk from Toast. Equally popular in the day as it is at night, The Paradise is one of the most famous venues in this part of town.