The top places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Notting Hill…
Street Voice: The Portobello Star
Since taking over The Portobello Star bar and restaurant in 2008, owner Ged Feltham has amassed one of the world’s best gin collections.
Our building has been The Star since 1745. When we took over it was a bit run down but it had character. Later, we changed the top-floor bedroom into a distilling room, started making gin and opened a gin museum.
Princess Margaret loved a tipple at The Star. A lot of celebrities call Notting Hill home and they come to us for a quiet drink away from prying eyes, so we like to respect that.
Our Ginstitute is a unique experience. Guests are taught how to make gin before blending their own, and walk away with a bottle of Portobello Road Gin plus the gin they created. We’re looking forward to launching it in New York.
Portobello Road Gin was originally created on site in our 30L copper Distilling Chamber. We’ve since moved production to the Thames Distillers to meet demand, but we still make gin upstairs for Ginstitute sessions and limited bottlings.
My favourite part of Notting Hill is the buzz of the market – I hope it’s never lost.
171 Portobello Road
Famed as the site of Johnny Depp and Kate Moss’ alleged champagne-filled bath and Alice Cooper’s 8ft circular bed, the Portobello has seen its fair share of famous faces. The hotel was converted from two neo-classical mansions, and has 21 bedrooms offering a boutique experience.
22 Stanley Gardens
Brora’s luxurious clothing range uses cashmere made by a mill in the Scottish borders that has been producing the material for over 200 years. Since starting out 21 years ago, Brora has focused on creating clothing that is simple and stands the test of time, so it can be passed on through the generations. Brora also offers bags, shoes and accessories in leather and suede for men, women and children.
187 Westbourne Grove
Fresh-faced and elegant, Le Dame is the only art gallery in London that deals exclusively with Italian contemporary artists. Since opening just over a year ago, Le Dame scouts out artists from all over Italy, as well as working with wellestablished figures such as street artist Mauro Pallotta.
28 Powis Terrace
La Suite West
This boutique hotel is the latest, minimalist creation of world-renowned British designer Anouska Hempel. Built in the style of a temple with a dominantly black and white colour scheme, marble floors and a meticulously pruned garden, the hotel provides an oasis of calm in the midst of the busy city. It is also the first London hotel to offer a chic “RAW” restaurant, with healthy vegan and raw options.
41-51 Inverness Terrace
Museum of Brands
Featuring over 12,000 items dating back to the 1800s, this is a treasure trove of well-known designs and quirky oddities. Posters and ads, fashions and fads paint a kaleidoscopic picture of consumer culture over the centuries. Witness the evolution decade by decade and discover the origins of today’s big brands.
2 Colville Mews
Notting Hill Arts Club
One of London’s trendiest music venues, Notting Hill Arts Club has seen the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian grace its stage. The club hosts top DJ nights and an intriguing drinks menu, with diverse cocktails, beers and spirits that are testament to the club’s anti-brand policy. The venue also boasts a serious graphic arts exhibition programme.
21 Notting Hill Gate
The Ledbury is a luxury, two Michelin-star restaurant run by head chef Brett Graham. Wednesday to Sunday, the a la carte dinner menu offers four courses for £80, or an eight-course tasting menu will let you sample flame-grilled mackerel, Scottish langoustine and a tartlet of English strawberries for £110, or £180 with wine pairings.
127 Ledbury Road