The irresistibly vibrant Notting Hill
Last weekend, Flammy got lost in London – on purpose 🇬🇧. London is a huge city with an overwhelming array of places to go. We think one of the best ways to get around the city more easily is by exploring it per area. We received some recommendations from our fellow English mates (this is why you need to download the Flamyngo App!) and they told us to go visit the Notting Hill area.
You might have recognised the name from a famous movie where Julia Roberts said, “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her…”. Well, Flammy is just an adventurous Flamingo, constantly looking for a new discovery. Notting Hill is a pretty small area in West London and it is absolutely beautiful (and Instagram-worthy of course!). Why?
First, Notting Hill is one of the neighbourhoods in London where you can find streets with colourful houses that you always see on your Pinterest board. Get your camera or phone ready, and embrace your Instagram moment. Second, Notting Hill has some of the best brunch places in London. Third, the eclectic market along the Portobello Road is amazing.
One important tip from us is to not get lost in the crowds by going directly to the Portobello market – instead, try to ease your way in. Enjoy the beautiful houses, peek the lavish antique shops, visit The Notting Hill Bookshop, explore the Westbourne Grove or Pembridge Road area and snap loads of photos.
Below is some of our absolute favourite places in Notting Hill:
Be prepared to be in a waiting line as Granger & Co is one of the most popular brunch spots in London. Granger & Co is particularly famous for its eggs but we recommend you to try the oooooh so fluffy and tasty Ricotta hotcakes served with honeycomb butter and banana. It’s terrific! The atmosphere itself is very airy – giving a laidback feel to it. 😋
175 Westbourne Grove
Grab your energy booster with the delicious smoothies and juices that (we presume) Joe makes. Originated from Denmark, the Scandinavians have brought Joe’s energy to London 🍊. The juices are freshly made, our favourite has to be the Iron Man (Strawberry, Kiwi and Apple) – but we suggest you trying different ones for each visit 😬. The place itself is bursting with energy – exactly like colourful Notting Hill.
184 Portobello Rd.
Out of all the tremendous amount of high street stores, London has many hidden concept stores that have its own niche. We managed to find Katrina – hidden between the bustling street of Portobello market. One thing: the store has a surprisingly pleasant and calming scent… which suits well with the bohemian concept.
99 Portobello Rd.
Electric Cinema is one of the oldest cinemas in England – but again, everything in England seems charmingly old. This cinema is beautifully restored and is definitely luxurious, which makes it the perfect place for a date night. Expect plush velvet cushions and individual throws. Don’t forget to treat yourself with the classic G&T.
191 Portobello Rd.
“No Rum, No Rainbow”, The Rum Kitchen is a superb Caribbean restaurant that offers you delicious food and cocktails. The Rum Kitchen definitely brings a vibrant party vibe to the gloomy London city. We’ve heard many good reviews from all of the jubilant eaters of The Rum Kitchen. We recommend you to try the jerk chicken served with sweet potato mash – Finally! A restaurant with sweet potato instead of the boring yellow potato – no offence to you potato lovers out there. Yum! 🌈
6-8 All Saints Rd.
Of course, there are lots other of restaurants, cafes, shops and bars in Notting Hill that are worth the visit such as The Distillery, PIX, The Notting Hill Bookshop or The Hummingbird Bakery but it will take forever for us to describe the glorious details. In the meantime, check out our Notting Hill guide so you can stroll around Notting Hill happily!