It’s the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, that riot of bright colours and Red Stripe. While the hoarding goes up on the Leon Max store and its neighbours on Westbourne Grove this afternoon – to protects its modesty, of course – partying in the streets may not be for everyone. If you’d prefer a more civilised wander around this northern corner of the Royal Borough, more sunny, Saturday morning stroll – another weekend, then – try the below.
Bang opposite the Leon Max store at 227 Westbourne Grove this is a clothes shop and a restaurant. Good food and cool clothes, what could be more satisfying than that?
202 Westbourne Grove, W11
Next door is the delicious fayre from the Bamfords Gloucestershire farm, this is real Elle Macpherson at brunch territory.
208-212 Westbourne Grove, W11
Granger & Co.
There’s always a queue outside this relative newcomer to the downtown Notting Hill scene. Good-looking crowd and good food with a decidedly Australian feel.
175 Westbourne Grove, W11
London’s chicest (and one of its oldest) cinema – order drinks and food and stretch out in the endless comfort of enormous leather armchairs. Next door the Electric Diner is another Notting Hill staple to see and be-scene.
191 Portobello Road, W11
Whether it’s board games in bohemia or after party-chasing into the early hours this book-cased pub is the perfect place post-Portobello Market.
96 Ladbroke Grove, W11
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen