Places to see in London Notting Hill
Attractions in Notting Hill
Notting Hill is world-famous around the world, in part due to the rom com of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. But there’s much more to the area than foppish awkwardness. There’s the Notting Hill Carnival during the August Bank Holiday, which attracts over one and a half million people. There’s also Portobello Road Market, London’s best antiques market, the Coronet Cinema, some of the best West Indian food you’re likely to get outside of Jamaica and some beautiful parks.
Recommended Attraction in Notting Hill
While it’s by no means secret, there is no recommending the Notting Hill Carnival enough. It is a festival of colour, frivolity and exuberance, so make sure you get there in time to see all of the floats sail by, listen to the music and get some good food! Originally a festival to celebrate West Indian culture in London, the carnival now attracts huge numbers of people over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday. Sunday is children’s day, meaning you can expect a more family-friendly vibe, however this isn’t necessarily the case as all of the days can get quite raucous, especially if the weather’s good. Monday, however, is adult’s day and party-central. Simply wander the streets and you’ll find a lot of interesting goings on to get stuck into!
Alternative Attractions in Notting Hill
It’s a little unfair that our one must-do activity is made rarer by its status as an annual event, so it’s only fair we give you a little something else to enjoy for the rest of the year, and coming a close second is the Portobello Road Antiques Market. As London’s most famous, biggest and best antiques fair, you’re likely to find anything from any period in time here, and not necessarily just antiques. Alternatively, there’s Holland Park and the beautiful gardens therein, and art galleries showcasing everything from the modern and urban at Graffik to sacred and religious art at the Temple Gallery!
Attraction List in Notting Hill
Luckily for you, we have plenty of great budget hotels in this area, and so to cram in all of the wonders of this historic and multi-faceted area of London, you’ll want to book ahead and ensure a bargain by using our Notting Hill booking service as soon as possible. Check out our itinerary of recommended attractions below too!
As Notting Hill is so close to this 260 acre Royal Park, Kensington Gardens, you should take time to explore the peaceful Italian Gardens, walk along the formal avenues of trees, see the contemporary art in the Serpentine Gallery and look at the Peter Pan statue. You can gaze in awe at the elaborate Albert Memorial before setting off on the Diana Memorial Walk which will take you on an amazing 7 mile journey through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Phone: 020 7402 6075
For a truly intimate experience you should go see you a play at The Gate Theatre. With an average capacity of only 70, a unique location above a smart pub in Notting Hill, and a reputation for showcasing the work of as yet undiscovered international playwrights, you will never forget coming here!
Address: Pembridge Road, Greater London W11 3HQ
Phone: 020 7229 0706
This is Gate Cinema where you can watch art house and world cinema, as well as all of the latest blockbusters. You should buy tickets to watch a movie here, if only to experience the luxurious velvet armchair seating, the beautiful Edwardian plasterwork in the auditorium and the fact that you can buy alcoholic drinks from the bar!
Address: 87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JZ
Phone: 0871 902 5731
The Coronet was once a Victorian theatre but is now an arty two screen cinema which was used as a film location in Notting Hill
Address: 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB
Phone: 020 7727 6705
Holland Park is really easy to get to from Notting Hill and as it’s a favourite amongst Londoners you should set aside time to visit! You’ll find a famous Orangery here, as well as woodland area, beautiful formal gardens including the Japanese Garden, and the ruins of Holland Park House. If you’re lucky enough to come to London whilst Opera Holland Park is taking place you should book tickets to see famous operas staged in the fabulous open air Holland Park Theatre.
Address: Ilchester Place, London W8 6LU
Phone: 020 7602 2226
Here lies Avondale Park which was created in 1892 during a general cleanup of the area. It actually stands on the site of a former pig slurry area known as the Ocean, but is now an ideal place for you to relax. You’ll find formal gardens, a wildlife area and a children’s play area here.
Address: Walmer Road, London W11 4PQ
Phone: 020 7361 3003
Walmer Road Tile Kiln
Head to Walmer Road to see the last surviving 19th century tile kiln in London. It was used to construct tiles from clay that was dug up from around the area.
This is St Johns Church Notting Hill. It was built on the central point of the Hippodrome Race Course. Standing on the summit of Notting Hill, its landmark spire can be seen from miles away!
Address: Lansdowne Crescent, London, W11 2NN
Phone: 020 7727 4262
Take a peek through the railings of Ladbroke Square Gardens and you will be looking at one of the largest private garden squares in London, which is actually Grade II listed! Only key holders who live in the tall Victorian houses that front the garden have access!
Westbourne Grove is the place to go if you’re looking for high class shops and restaurants. It’s lined with unique antiques shops, art galleries, chain stores and boutiques for you to browse through. Notting Hill Carnival actually passes through the central part of this road too!
Address: London W11 2RH
The star attraction of Notting Hill is the Portobello Road Market, one of the most visited sites in London and most famous markets in the world! You’ll find stalls selling antiques, second hand goods, clothes from emerging designers, food and fruit and veg! Even the shops lining Portobello Road itself are well worth a visit. This market really comes to life on Saturdays when thousands of shoppers looking for real bargains flock to the road. This will be a truly memorable experience, so you can’t afford to stay in Notting Hill without coming here!
Address: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London W11 2DY
Try out one of London’s most expensive and luxurious cinemas and come here to the Electric Cinema. As well as its beautiful facade of cream tiles and stunning interior you will find luxurious leather seating, a bar serving cocktails and substantial snacks available. All the film buffs come here to watch mainstream and art house movies, so why don’t you too?
Address: 47-49 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY
Phone: 0121 643 7879
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is the result of strenuous effort made by Robert Opie to record the history around us. Come here and you can explore the history of consumer culture in the UK and see the transformation of famous brands like Cadburys and Kellogg’s throughout the decades!
Address: 2 Colville Mews, Kensington, Notting Hill, London W11 2AR
Phone: 020 7908 0880
If you’re looking for designer clothes you should head to label heavy Ledbury Road in Notting Hill. Even if you can’t afford to buy anything there’s no harm in window shopping!
Address: 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ
Phone: 020 7792 9090
You should walk to Blenheim Road to browse its unique bookshops including Books for Cooks and The Travel Bookshop (the inspiration for Hugh Grant’s bookshop in the film Notting Hill).
Address: City of Westminster, London NW8
Trellick Tower was the tallest block of the flats in the country when it was built in 1973! This huge concrete building designed by Erno Goldfinger is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or hate it. Whilst here you could explore the Portuguese and Moroccan cafes that line Golborne Road and get a taste of the true bohemian feel of Notting Hill.
Address: 7 Golborne Road, London W10 5NY
It may be a bit off the beaten Notting Hill track, but Kensal Green Cemetery is well worth a visit during your stay. You can see the graves of Anthony Trollope and William Makepeace Thackeray here, but it’s the enormous and eye catching monuments of lesser folk that will really catch your eye. Guided tours are offered here on Sundays.
Address: Harrow Road, London, W10 4RA
Phone: 020 8969 0152
If you haven’t heard of the Notting Hill Carnival then something is seriously awry. This famous carnival has its historic roots in celebrating London’s enviable diversity and provides masses of entertainment over the bank holiday weekend in August. The Sunday is the family day, with large parties and parades on the Saturday and Monday.
Address: Notting Hill, London W11 3AG
Sacred art and iconography is usually reserved in relic form in various out-of-the-way venues, requiring visitors to travel a distance to wonder at their craftsmanship. The Temple Gallery, founded in 1959 in Notting Hill, includes a pan-religious celebration of rare and unique religious artefacts, many acquired from prestigious international museums.
Address: 6 Clarendon Cross, Notting Hill, London W11 4AP
Phone: 020 7727 3809