Updated: May 21, 2015

Notting Hill Walking Tour:

When you visit London you should take the time to make it to the Notting Hill area. Made famous from movies like Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts this area is vastly different than the other regions of London in my mind. On a recent vacation to London (March 2009), my wife and I ventured out from our South Kensington hotel on the Tube and got off at the Notting Hill Gate subway station. I have supplied a Notting Hill map via Google down below for you to follow. Depending on the time of day that you arrive into this neighborhood, we suggest getting lunch at a restaurant called Geales which has been serving top rate fish and chips since 1939. It's located just off the main street just opposite of Pembridge Rd on Farmer St. You slip down a little side street and it's off on the right hand side. It's hard to miss so follow the map and you'll have an excellent lunch or dinner.


What makes Geales fish and chips so great is that you can choose from sole, cod, or haddock which is caught fresh daily. Served with tartar sauce and a good amount of chips, you'll get filled up for your walk down Portobello Road. You can find the restaurant listed online at Geales.com. After you finish lunch head back across the main street onto Pembridge Road and start your walk. Walking tours of Notting Hill shouldn't take too long, depending on how many shops you venture into or street vendors you talk with. Portobello Road winds all the way down under the A40 highway and eventually gets you to the Portobello Market. We cut our walk a little short and ended up at a pub just past the Elgin Crescent cross street. It still took us a good 1 hour to walk down Portobello Road - this was on a Saturday when all the street vendors are out and there are literally 1000's of people on the street. We could have taken even longer to make our way down the road, but we didn't stop in every shop. There are periodic restaurants and pubs along the way if you get hungry. We RECOMMEND stopping where we did for a pint and a snack (if you need it) at the Duke of Wellington Pub just past Elgin Crescent. It's a great spot to take a break and do some people watching - get a table by the window if you can. The day we were in there the place was packed and because it's pet friendly many of the locals had brought their dogs in as well. The beer was tasty and the crowd was lively. To get more information on the pub, go online to Thedukeofwellingtonpub.com. At this point you could continue all the way down Portobello Road and make your way to the Market. We decided to stop at this point and head over a few blocks to the Ladbroke Grove tube station and catch the subway back towards Hyde Park.

Notting Hill Map - Portobello Road:


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What to see in Notting Hill?

As someone from the United States I was just as interested in people watching as I made my way down Portobello Road. It was cool to see all the Londoners out for the day and to hear their accents. Talk with the street vendors and ask questions of the shop owners. There was music playing, food being served, and an overall fun experience. The shops include things like clothing, maps, souvenirs, and much more. I felt like I was in a street fair in a city like Berkeley, CA. Eventhough you are just a few minutes from Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey, Notting Hill feels like you are worlds away from the other parts of London. It's a must see, at least for a few hours and don't forget to grab a pint of beer and some fish and chips along the way.