How to do Notting Hill like the locals do

So Im a little obsessed with Westbourne Grove (its the name of a street) in Notting Hill. The guys at Farmacy (see below) know my order as I walk through the door, “charcoal coconut milk latte?”, I reply “yes please”. Love that sense of familiarity about a place and yet feel like its still all new and something new to discover every time I walk door the street.

For those who love all things organic, dairy free, caffeine free, kind pilates, vitamin plus, green everything, designer groceries and designer threads… look no further than Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. Leave Portobello Markets for the tourists on the weekends. This is how Notting Hill is done:

  • Bodyism; post pilates breakfast done right. Start with a pilates class followed by a post workout smoothie, coconut yoghurt and fresh berries. Almond-milk latte are the norm
Bodyism = perfect place to pilates and sit with your coconut yoghurt and berries post workout

Bodyism loving the kind life

  • Jusu Brothers – fresh juices mixed with Japanese cuisine. Casual, cool interiors
  • Farmacy: Healthy has a new home. Farmacy is as it sounds – a cure for all the bad we do to our bods. Keep that pilates toosh in shape by eating the good stuff. Vegetarian and vegan, but you can still indulge in their version of a burger and just in case you thought it was too healthy, they have a full bar too. So I guess a little balance is good for everyone.
  • Granger & Co. – you’ve made it if you get a table here. A David Beckham spotting possible too. As the team at Granger put it: “The creation of every Bill Granger restaurant reflects the spirit we like to think of as ‘Australian’: sunny, easy-going and generous.” With gorgeous interiors and that health-easy Aussie attitude and menu, it’s no wonder there’s a line out the door almost everyday.
granger & co

Granger & co

 

Shop:

  • Joseph; expensive and gorgeous includes brands like Mulberry and Golden Goose brand.
  • Bimba Y Lola: fun, funky, stylish and a little flash without being too pricey
  • 202 – a place to eat and shop, perfect combo. It’s a real chic/stylish/artistic scene here… Gucci slippers on the feet and art brushes under arm advised.
202 - Couture & Coffee

202 – Couture & Coffee. Credit: Belle Anne

  • Aesop – Aussie brand, famous for fabulous, expensive hand wash and great smelling skin care products
  • The Dayrooms – again – another store full of Aussie brands, casual and effortlessly cool
  • Diptyque – my favorite French candles, can’t help but need to stock up on their Fig fragrance candle… it’s an easy way to make a new house feel like a home.

 

Groceries & Meals for the home:

Planet Organic's tumeric latte

Planet Organic’s turmeric latte

  • Ottolenghi; take-away cakes, salads; I just want it all. If you’re lucky, grab an empty seat at the back of the store and enjoy a coffee and delicious dessert.
Ottolenghi Notting Hill

Ottolenghi Notting Hill

 

  • Dalesford cafe and store. Posh cuisine for British tastebuds – check it out if you’re looking for a great butcher, a gourmet sandwich or extensive selection of cheeses. Sit out on the footpath and people watch.
Daylesford Notting Hill

Daylesford Notting Hill

There you have it. I’ll be adding to this list the more time I spend in London. Stay tuned for regular updates.

 

Do you have a favorite that you think I’ve missed? Let me know! Post a comment.

 

 

 

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