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A locals' guide to W11

"From jewellery to dresses, Portobello Market has it all..."

Stuart Bennett

"Lively and lined with trendy independent shops, bars and restaurants, it's no wonder that Portobello Road is so popular!"

David Roberts

"In contrast to the Westfield development, Shepherd's Bush has some lovely period properties."

Mark Nockles

What is your favourite place?

Where do W11 locals go?

Portobello Garden Caffe

Fresh and authentic Italian food in a charming arcade off Portobello Road.

Kitchen & Pantry

The best chai tea and full English breakfasts!


Breakfast doesn't get much better (and healthier...) than this!

Harper and Tom's

Pick up beautiful blooms all year round from this local florist's kiosk. There is also a store on Clarendon Road...

L Maison

In the heart of Clarendon Cross, it's always great to stop in here to view the unique furniture and home accessories.

The Grocer on Elgin

Our village grocer owned by Australian Ashley Sumner. Inside freshly prepared food with an Aussie influence - you can even pick up Australian treats like Tim Tams!

Granger & Co

Arguably the most fashionable breakfasts in Notting Hill, with regulars including David Beckham and Harry Enfield!

The Notting Hill Bookshop

The famous bookshop that Hugh Grant owns in the movie Notting Hill.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Great outdoor space for a couple of cocktails and lovely food in the crypt restaurant.

The Hummingbird Bakery

Best cupcakes on the planet! The famous Red Velvet was born here. Many other cupcake companies have tried to copy them, but they never come close to Hummingbird's.

Fez Mangal

A bustling Turkish restaurant close to Ladbroke Grove Underground Station that cooks amazing Turkish BBQ'd meats. Great takeaway or fun with a few friends to eat in, as it's BYOB. If you're feeling hungry, get the special mix. Also the mezze starters are tasty too...actually everything is!

Portobello Market

You'll come across some quirky finds in this vibrant and busy market!

Clarendon Cross

A great collection of boutique shops, including L Maison, Cowshed, The Cross and Summerill & Bishop.

Electric Diner

You can't beat the lemon meringue pie at the Electric Diner on Portobello Road!

Portobello and Golborne Market

London's most well known market with a wealth of established stalls, selling everything from food, to clothing, to vintage jewellery.

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Share your favourite place to go in or around W11.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Holland Park, Westbourne Park, Shepherd's Bush, Kensington, Bayswater, Earls Court, Maida Vale and Paddington

What do you love about W11?

Why do you find W11 a great place to live?


"I love morning strolls around Holland Park."

October 2016


"Great local shops and a village feel."

June 2016


"Lovely architecture"

February 2015


"Holland Park is calmer than the rush of central London, but still has everything you need and want around you!! And easy to get to anywhere, thanks to having most tube and bus lines around."

January 2015


"I love the walking to the market. Every time I come back with a small treasure."

January 2015


"I love Holland park because there is a sweet atmosphere. It's an amazing quiet borough, it's like a dream come true for me to live here since my French childhood, because yes I'm French and London always fascinates me!"

January 2015

Kimmy HC

"Notting Hill Gate is a wonderful living location. It is peaceful, safe and plenty to do! Portobello Road is just in walking distance, offering plenty of small boutique shops and bar/restaurants that you can't find on the typical high streets. Hyde Park is just off the main street which will always be your weekend relaxation hotspot (if you cant think of anywhere else to go on top of your head)! Its connectivity to central ... more

December 2014


"Breakfast at Bluebells on the top of Portobello Road is a weekend habit I can't seem to kick!"

August 2014

Local resident

"I reckon you can't beat Pizza East for an amazing Sunday brunch, buzzing atmosphere and a bit of celeb spotting. It's definitely the trendiest hangout spot for locals."

August 2014


"Despite having lived in Notting Hill for 18 years, I've just got a dog and discovered the joy of escaping for a little peace and quiet in one of the many hidden parks in and around the area. Some of these are reserved for residents, but Holland Park and Little Wormwood Scrubs are open to all and are particularly beautiful."

August 2014


What do you like about W11?

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"As well as its world famous market, Portobello Road was home to George Orwell in the 1920s, the author of cult classics Animal Farm and 1984."

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Child-friendly activities near W11

Top Set Tuition

Colville Primary School
Top Set Tuition is run by experienced educators providing extra Maths and English tuition for children from 4-16 and of any ability. All teaching staff at Top Set are qualified experienced hold a degree in or related to the subject they teach. They also have proven track records of improving the ability of numerous students at differing age groups. All staff members hold full and current CRBs. Please register your interest by contacting us via the website. Spaces are limited. Website

Baby Massage Classes

Bonding Hearts
Infant Massage provides a loving connection between parent and baby starting early in life, supporting the strengthening of this attachment as baby grows. Website

Baby Rhyme Time

North Kensington Central Library
The Summer Reading Challenge and Bookcrawl are running in Kensington and Chelsea Libraries throughout the summer holidays, with activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children's reading. Website

Spencer Stage School: Mini Street

Etheline Holder Hall
Dancing, singing, stories, games, makeovers, discos and anything else your child may want for. Website

Antenatal classes for second time parents

Westbourne Grove Church
Are you pregnant with your 2nd child? Our Welcoming Baby Number 2 course is specifically designed for you. This course has been developed with leading maternity experts and is run by a Neo midwife. Website

Mini Mozart- Concert and Class for Babies

The Tabernacle
Mini Mozart is the culmination of over 20 years experience combining Musicianship, Presenting & Parenting. Website

Spencer Stage School: Tiny Street

Etheline Holder Hall
All singing, dancing, tiny toddler class. An introduction to the performing arts, with the difference of a different story each week to get their imagination going and give them a chance to rest their arms and legs in class! Website
  1. About W11

    W11 is the postcode district in West London incorporating the areas of Notting Hill, Holland Park (part) and is covered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea local authority.

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