OpenTable insider’s guide to: Notting Hill

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Famous for its colourful carnival, Notting Hill is still one of London’s most popular destinations for tourists and celebs alike. You can spend a day rummaging through the antiques on Portobello Road, catch a film at the Coronet, and explore its scenic backstreets. As you’d expect, the area is full of first class bars and restaurants. Here are some of the best.

Breakfast – Breakfast and its boozier cousin, brunch, are a pretty big deal in Notting Hill. From the virtuous ‘Goodness Breakfast’ at Wildflower Café to a hangover-busting full English at Bumpkin or Goode & Wright, early risers are spoilt for choice. For something really decadent, head to New Tom’s for English asparagus, crispy pancetta, slow-cooked hens eggs and hot mayonnaise.

Fine dining – If there’s a special occasion coming up, you can dine in style at top British restaurants like Kensington Place and Hereford Road. Got a serious foodie to impress? Splash out on the tasting menu at The Ledbury or try The New Angel, the new venture from chef John Burton-Race.

Photo Credit: www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/

Photo Credit: thenottinghillcarnival.com

Cocktails – There are some great old pubs in the area but if you’re craving cocktails, you’ll love the drinks and vibes at Portobello Star, Trailer Happiness and Beach Blanket Babylon. If rum’s your poison, try the killer Daiquiris at The Rum Kitchen, best served with some of their spicy jerk chicken wings.

Date night destinations – If fine dining feels a bit much for a first date, try a low-key dinner for two at cosy gastropub The Mall Tavern or share wine and antipasti at Italian deli-restaurant Valentina. After a movie at the Electric Cinema, head next door to the Electric Diner for cocktails and comfort food or stroll around the corner for pizza and small plates at Pizza East.

Girls’ night out – Slip on your heels for a ladies-only night of dim sum, tempura and cocktails at local favourite E&O or keep it casual with tacos and Tequila at Crazy Homies.

Have we missed anywhere? Let us know in the comments!