W11 is one of London’s most eclectic and bohemian postcodes and its picturesque tree-lined streets home to some of the city’s most stylish residents. Away from the carnival crowds and trailblazing tourists, locals can be found savouring the flavours of Michelin starred restaurants and neighbourhood brunch spots, indulging in retail therapy, keeping fit or simply taking in the culture, character and charm of one of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Here is LUXOS’ pick of the best Notting Hill haunts....
Farm Girl Café
Farm Girl Cafe
You are never far from a scrummy café in Notting Hill, with many healthy options too, but there is a newcomer on the block whose holistic, healthy and hearty approach to its menu is proving a soaring success. The Farm Girl Café serves simple healthy food on Portobello Road, including a novel and delicious alternative to the traditional and super calorific BLT – a Coconut BLT, which replaces fatty bacon with smoky coconut bacon and served with tomato, guacamole and a homemade cashew cream. www.thefarmgirl.co.uk
Wolfe, illustration by Sarah McMenemy/The Artworks
Another relative newcomer to the W11 bevvy of eateries is Wolfe, on All Saints Road. This neighbourhood restaurant serves a daily changing menu of modern European dishes with Spanish, Italian and Asian influences in a simple yet wonderfully stylish environment. The emphasis is on simple but high quality ingredients and everything is made in-house. www.wolfe.london
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With the wonders of Portobello Market as well as boutiques galore, Notting Hill is truly a shopper’s paradise. For a little piece of Paris in London, noting beats Aimé on Ledbury Road. This gorgeous little boutique stocks contemporary cult French brands including Isabel Marant, A.P.C and Repetto as well as some new Spanish and Italian designers. www.aimelondon.com
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Granger & Co.
Granger & Co.
Famed for its scrambled eggs and hotcakes, Bill Granger’s Granger & Co. is a favourite brunch spot for many a Notting Hill-ite. They don’t take bookings; so if you want to avoid the Saturday queues, head here midweek. This is a relaxed and friendly, Aussie inspired joint, ideal to while away the hours over a delicious brunch, lunch or dinner.
While it is not much of a secret, attracting foodies from far and wide, The Ledbury is still a firm favourite with Notting Hill dwellers and a gourmet trip to Notting Hill would not be complete without dinner at Brett Graham’s two Michelin starred restaurant. The set lunch menu from Wednesday to Sunday is a fab option (£50 for four courses), or for the ultimate in palate pleasing, opt for the tasting menu (£115 per person). www.theledbury.com
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The Body Conditioning Studio
Dreas Reyneke was not only responsible for the 1980s pilates revolution in south west London but pioneered pilates as a new way to stay fit and healthy across the UK. For over thirty years, Dreas has run his Pilates studio on Ladbroke Grove and attributes his success (Tilda Swinton and Christopher Lambert trained with him) to his posture improving and core strengthening apparatus filled studio in which he only allows four or five people at one time. www.bodyconditioning.net
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