The insider’s guide to London’s Notting Hill

Notting hill is one of the most popular areas in London. It is both culturally enriching and hosts the world’s second biggest carnival after Rio’s Mardi Gras. It is the primary tube station in the area .Another major attraction close to the Notting Hill is the Portobello Road filled with pubs and restaurants. It is also home to Britain’s oldest cinemas called Electric Cinema.
Every August people celebrate the Notting Hill carnival which is an amalgamation of West Indian and Asian cultures. The carnival started off in 1950 and has been modified tremendously as the world’s outdoor street festival. The colorful carnival features party animals, steel pan bands, reggae music, soca and calypso. Food stalls also serve flavorsome curries, chicken, rice and peas. The carnival extends to the Portobello Street which is characterized by quaint shops, clothing stores, street performers. The Notting Hill Carnival is the highlight of this place since it happens every August when Bank Holidays start. It is advisable that you check the weather forecast report before you leave for the carnival and always make sure that you carry sunglasses, umbrella and a bottle of water. The theme of the festival is Caribbean and is the most colorful and vibrant festival in the world. There’s also a children’s day parade where children twirl and spin along with steel bands and allure everyone with their cute and smiling faces. Most foodies will love the carnival because it offers the most spiciest, tangiest and flavorsome dishes and is great for the palette. If you like the magic that African drums and synths create then you will also love the opening ceremony where people dance to the rhythm of the music and surrender themselves to the magic that the music creates. It is also a great place to socialize and meet new and interesting people especially the aesthetic, artistic and creative one’s.

The Portobello wall exhibits public artwork which is commissioned by the local council and is also a major attraction for street art lovers.
This place is also a collectors paradise. Be it love for books, music, vinyl records, posters and spices there are shops and cafes available for each and every one of them. Rough Trade is an independent record shop which has an extensive range of records belonging to various genres. Whereas Books for Cooks and Spice Shop is every chefs dream come true. Books for Cooks offers numerous food-related books with a delightful café at the back. Spice Shop which offers the best and freshest spices in London.
Food lovers shall not be disappointed with this place either. It is filled with some alluring restaurants that some savory delicacies like wood fired pizza and pasta. It’s important to have a prior reservation or the ability to wait is required if you want a table at Granger & Co and 202 Café for all day dining.
Decorated with Victorian townhouses and quaint private gardens on either side, it gives off a working class vibe and looks extremely charming. It also has a long formed association with art and fashion. Although it’s known for its antique shops the markets on Portobello road also offer fruits and vegetables.
Now that you know enough to dream about Notting Hill here’s a list of places you could consider staying in-
The London Premier Notting Hill Hotel is a stone’s throw away from the Notting Hill tube station and Bayswater Tube Station. Due to its accessibility it is the most strategic and popular location in London to stay. It’ s quite plush and luxurious and offers mood lighting with contemporary interiors. It also has a compact fitness center for those who do not want to miss out of a good work out while travelling and offers both an English and Continental breakfast. A wide range of its facilities include a free Broadband internet, 24 hours CCTV, Multi-lingual staff and Business services to cater to corporate needs.
The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection also has a variety of hotels for every traveler looking for a luxurious yet cost-effective place to stay. Like the Park Grand London Heathrow Hotel which is about 4.3 miles away from the Heathrow Airport.Piccadilly London West End Hotel which is located in the heart of London’s Theatre land. Park Grand London Kensignton Hotel located about 3 minutes away from the Earls Court Station, Grand Royale Hyde Parkwhich is 2 minutes away from the Bayswater station. The locations of Hotel Grand Park Paddington Court and Paddington Court Suites are convenient since they are very close to Paddington Station. Best Western Plus Park Grand Heathrow Hotelis 3.9 miles away from Heathrow Airport.
While traveling to Notting Hill it is important to know that it is served by the Central Line and you might have to commute uptil The Notting Hill Gate which is the main station. There are also buses that go the Notting Hill Gate if you want to reach the place. Our recommendation would be that you buy the Visitor Oyster Card which makes it easier for any traveler to commute in London.
If you like cycling around then remember to use the Barclays Cycle hire to commute around this place. It is usually suspended during the carnival to avoid traffic congestion. Road closures also happen during the event for the safety of the people participating in the carnival. Apart from that visiting Notting Hill during or even after or before the carnival is a must since it upholds all its promises of a great stay, good food, tunes and fun activities.

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