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With top London sights, gorgeous architecture, lively restaurants and bars and trendy shops and hotels, Notting Hill and Bayswater have everything for a memorable trip to the capital.
If you’re looking to stay in a vibrant London area, with all the city sights within easy reach and pretty streets lined with trendy shops, bars and restaurants, Notting Hill and its neighbour, Bayswater are perfect for you.
Both areas fall into the upmarket Kensington and Chelsea district, although Bayswater creeps into the City of Westminster. This makes them gorgeous central London destinations, and they’re characterised with grand Victorian townhouses and upmarket shops.
Cosmopolitan and with a great cultural mix of local people, these areas are always buzzing. And the best time to visit has to be in August, during the famous Notting Hill Carnival.
Best picks from the area
There are a few definite must-sees for your trip. The first has to be Portobello Market in Notting Hill. Here, you can bag a bargain and really get into the swing of local life.
Over in Bayswater, you can take in some historic sights like the 19th-century Marble Arch, or you can head down to Hyde Park to stretch out in the sun if the weather’s good, or simply take a relaxing stroll in leafy surroundings.
There are plenty of cultural haunts to explore too. Notting Hill has the quirky Museum of Brands based all around consumer culture, and lots of art galleries like Salon Contemporary and Graffik. Or you can catch a show at The Gate Theatre or The Print Room, while a short trip to Bayswater brings you to the Trinity Arts Centre and the trendy and alternative subterranean Subway Gallery.
Finding the perfect hotel and restaurant
If you’re looking for fashionable restaurant, bars, and comfy cafés, you’re in luck. Notting Hill and Bayswater have lots of eclectic places to flit between.
It definitely worth exploring the area around you to seek out the hidden gems, but to give you a helping hand, the Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill is well known for its authentic Caribbean food, and Trailer Happiness is a trendy basement bar. A few streets away in Bayswater, Taormina is a popular place for Italian cuisine and the Banana Tree Bayswater is known for its Laotian dishes.
Finding the perfect place to stay will make all the different to your trip too. It’s all about feeling at home, so put the time into researching Notting Hill and Bayswater hotels to get something that fits you perfectly. Popular places include the Prince's Square Apartments and Hilton London Hyde Park for those looking for luxury, while London House Hotel and Reem Hotel are comfortable 3-star hotels.