There’s Nowhere Like Notting Hill

2/15/2012 5:04:00 AM

There’s Nowhere Like Notting Hill

With the new Leon Max store open on Westbourne Grove it’s time to take a look at the other jewels in the Royal Borough’s crown.

Westbourne Grove - it doesn’t get much better than this. Running from eclectic Queensway through to the famous Portobello Road with its market, this is one of the smartest, coolest, slickest thoroughfares in London. This is where the hipsters meet the high net worth impeccably groomed ladies that lunch. The ambiance is both casual and extravagant at the same time. Immediately opposite the new Leon Max store, which opened Friday at Nos. 227-229, is a run of the most ‘in’ restaurants and cafes in town. If you’re not looking good walking down here on a Saturday morning – then go home. The moment a ray of sunshine hits the curb, the tables outside Daylesford Organic (No. 208-212) and 202 are like gold dust. Daylesford Organic is the Notting Hill outpost of Lady Bamford’s Gloucestershire farm shop, so it’s a no brainer to discover that this is where the Glossy Possy gather for breakfast, lunch and dinner whatever the economic forecast. 202 is for polite coffees while desperately trying to overhear the fresh gossip from the next door tables packed with sunglass-wearing socials and Euros in town for a few days. More low key is Tom’s (No.226) the deli founded by Tom Conran in 1990 when the neighbourhood was still rundown and uncool. This is the place for a cooked breakfast or a healthy lunch after a hard morning’s shopping down Westbourne Grove. Either that or you can brave the air-kisses in the queue for take out at Ottolenghi, (63 Ledbury Road). Immediately around the corner from Leon Max – this is one of chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s trendster outposts, groaning with a help-yourself buffet of delicious deli material. After a few hours of strolling down Westbourne Grove, these are the addresses you’re going to need so you can refuel and get back to shopping.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen