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48 Hours in: Notting Hill

This summer, with usual holiday destinations out of reach and the UK countryside more crowded than ever, London really is the place to be. Fewer people, greener parks, warmer weather. Experience the capital anew from our little village in the middle of the city.

 

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DAY 1

 

AM

 

The Henderson Bar at The Laslett turns cafe in the morning, take a seat on the terrace and enjoy organic coffee by local partner, Cru Café, Press juices and perennial favourite dishes like avocado and poached eggs or bircher muesli.

 

After breakfast take a stroll down past Notting Hill’s signature pastel-coloured houses to the iconic Portobello Rd Market where, on Friday’s and Saturday’s from the break of day, hundreds of stalls appear out of nowhere, filling Portobello Road right up to Notting Hill Gate selling everything from antique silverware to vintage clothing. The market is quieter these days, meaning there is more chance of finding a treasure!

 

Stop by Natoora on Elgin Crescent for that second coffee and pop into the Farah Charity Shop opposite where there is almost always a designer find to be had. On the next street around, browse some of our favourite boutiques, and independent bookstores including the famous Notting Hill Bookshop – the location of William Thacker’s Travel Bookshop in Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill. Venture further down Portobello and you will reach Golbourne Rd, a local favourite lined with some of the areas best independent boutiques. Try Les Couilles Du Chien for antiques and curios (a flash of your Laslett key card will give you 15% off any purchase.) and Rockins, our favourite Golbourne Road clothing store selling clothing and accessories for the rock and roll inclined (here a flash of your Laslett key card gets you 20% off).

 

PM

 

For lunch there is an array of options – cafes Golbourne Deli and Snaps & Rye are favourites with the locals. Or, if you’re after a restaurant setting, Osteria Basilico, an Italian restaurant on Kensington Park Rd is a must. Nab one of the outdoor tables and soak up the atmosphere.

 

Post-lunch, take a leisurely stroll down one of Notting Hill’s prettiest streets, Lansdowne Crescent, to Holland Park, home of the beautiful Kyoto Garden, wild peacocks and the new Design Museum (we recommend seeing their current exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers)

 

Loop your way back to The Laslett for a cocktail on our sunny terrace before heading to dinner at Gold, a local restaurant and late-night bar focused on generous, seasonal plates cooked in wood ovens and served to share. River Cafe fans rejoice, Gold is headed by River Cafe alum, Theo Hill.

 

Day 2

 

AM

 

After yesterday’s exploring, you deserve a lie in – coffee, breakfast and the paper in bed is on the cards.

 

Once ready to step into the world again, it’s time explore the other side of our neighbourhood. Head back towards Portobello Road, but this time turn right and continue down Westbourne Grove. Here you will find a mix of independent boutiques, pop-up shops and contemporary high st stores. One of our favourites is Dinny Hall for British designed and crafted jewellery (lucky for you, Laslett guests receive 20% off on full-priced items in-store - just show your card key at checkout).

 

PM

 

If the sun is shining, one of our favourite things to do is take a picnic to Kensington Gardens. A beautiful corner of Hyde Park next to Kensington Palace. Our team can put together a bespoke picnic basket for you, filled with locally sourced cheeses, bread, wine and the like. Stretch out on a blanket, listen to the birdsong and while away the afternoon. Bliss.

 

Return to the Laslett for a final cocktail on the terrace before heading down the road to Orasay, a favourite of those in the know, this small, elegant neighbourhood restaurant headed by Jackson Boxer. The menu is focused on fish and seafood, inspired by the Western Isles.

 

 

 

Additional Neighbourhood Café’s, Pubs and Restaurants we love:

 

(click for directions from the hotel)

 

Portobello Pizzeria

 

ULI

 

The Hillgate Pub*

 

Suzi Tros

 

Eggslut*

 

Granger & Co

 

Farmacy*

 

Hereford Rd

 

E&O*

 

7 Saints

 

Golbourne Deli

 

Snaps & Rye

 

Flora

 

*participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme where on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays in August, you will receive 50% off your food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person