Londoners love a good pub. They are hives of activity – meeting places for friends and (since the advent of the gastro-pub) dinner spots for couples. Gone are the packets of pork scratchings and bowls of peanuts on the bar. Nowadays, many pubs take their food very seriously indeed.
A stone’s throw from Notting Hill’s Portobello Market, you’ll find one such pub. The Prince Bonaparte is an Art Deco-inspired establishment where their seasonal menu is served out of an open kitchen. Whether you’re making plans over a pint or settling down for dinner, The Prince Bonaparte offers a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.
Notting Hill’s pretty pastel townhouses and vibrant street markets are more than just the setting for that movie—its charms are many and undeniable, and few areas pack in such a diverse stretch of shopping and grazing possibilities.
As well as being one of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods, it’s been a key part of London’s pop-cultural explosion over the last 50 years. In the late 1960s, Notting Hill was renowned for its bohemian spirit – famously captured in the movie Performance. This creative climate is alive and well in Portobello Market, which does a roaring trade in everything from antique furniture to vintage overcoats (the latter may come in handy on a crisp autumnal evening).
It’s easy to understand Notting Hill’s enduring charm – with its upscale boutiques, lively market and rows of picture-perfect houses, what’s not to love?
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