If you're in London on business and happen to find yourself with a spare afternoon, we recommend taking a stroll through Notting Hill to see the famous colorful doors and the site of the romantic film. Our favorite thing to do afterward is to finish with some treats at the mouth watering Ottolenghi.
For Travelers Who Like: Architecture, film, Instagramable moments, food.
Where to Go: The nearest Tube station is Ladbroke Grove Station, which is on the Circle and Hammersmith and City line.
What Makes It Special: Notting Hill is one of the most famous neighborhoods in London, notable for its charming cobblestone streets, colorful doors, and eye watering housing prices. Notting Hill is home to an annual carnival and Portobello Road Market. Film fanatics will also know it as the site of the Richard Curtis romantic comedy staring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The famous blue door can still be found in the heart of this delightful neighborhood.
Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most sought after celebrity chefs in London and his charming eatery is always packed as a result. He locally sources all of his ingredients and all of his dishes are heavily inspired by the Mediterranean, His Notting Hill outpost is so tiny it only seats 10, but don’t worry - grabbing food to go is also encouraged.
Must Try: Ottolenghi is known for its treats – if you happen to be there in the morning, the Brioche French Toast is an absolute knockout. Otherwise, get a sampling of their salads. Even those who aren’t the biggest vegetable fans will be drooling over salads like the Green beans with wasabi, edamame and shiso. The pastries are all phenomenal – we always take an almond croissant for the road.
If you still have room after your snack wander over to The Elgin pub, a much beloved local hot spot, for a pint and some lovely live music.