A neighbourhood guide to Notting Hill: Cooks, Books, Florals, Food and the right footwear

posted on: Thursday, 15 November 2018

I don't take you guys on enough tours through my neck of the woods in West London. For that, I'm truly sorry. But, I'm making it up to you slowly, but surely, starting with a little stroll through Notting Hill, in partnership with FitFlop. From the best doughnuts to the most beautiful blooms, here's a mini tour of what I got up to this weekend on a Saturday stroll, featuring my favourite little lesser known spots in the neighbourhood.

Now, first and foremost, this tour is going to take you on a walk....a long walk. That's the thing about London, you can be out and about all day and next thing you know you've walked 20,000 steps. I've learned, the hard way, that footwear on any long day out is the most important wardrobe choice you're going to make. It's no joke. I've come home with sore heels, aching arches and knocking knees more than once over the course of 16 years here in London. However, in 2010, I met FitFlop for the first time. I say "met" as it feels like we are now well acquainted friends. The day FitFlop moved from flip flops to boots and sneakers, I was one of the first people in London to buy them. FitFlop, as you may have already read several times on FFG, makes the most comfortable footwear in the world. You can quote me on that, really. And that's why I'm happy to present this collection of must visit places in Notting Hill, with FitFlop not only as my sponsorship partner, but also my partner in footwear. Yup, those white sneakers you'll see featured throughout are FitFlop Metal Stud Sneakers. The science behind these beauties means that every step I'm taking in Notting Hill is comfort led! More importantly than anything else, it means I know I'm headed out for a big day that won't be interrupted by any foot pain. So, if you're headed out on this adventure, or any long day on your feet for that matter, I've put together a little edit of my favourite FitFlops at the moment at the bottom of the post. For now, let's get settled in for a mini Saturday Stroll through Notting Hill....

First up, we have the pictures above that feature the best doughnuts Notting Hill has to offer. On Saturdays, the Portobello Road Market is in full swing. The market features everything from food to fashion and has a reputation as being a tourist hot spot on a beautiful sunny day. However, if you know the right places to go you can duck in and out on the side streets and avoid the crowds. Just on the other side of the Electric Diner, there's a stand that offers a plethora of sugary sweet doughnuts. The ladies here are friendly, feisty and ready to service any sugar addiction you're looking to placate. My favourite has always been the iced sprinkles classic. But, after six years of living in West London, I've tried and loved everything they have to offer. 

Now, while you're in the area, make sure to take a quick detour down Blenheim Crescent. Don't worry, we'll be back to Portobello Road soon enough. On Blenheim Crescent you'll find two of my favourite book stores in London. The first is dedicated completely to food. Books for Cooks is legendary and a must visit if you are a foodie! Then, right across the street you'll find a rather famous London landmark. The Notting Hill Bookshop was featured in a film I'm sure you've all seen - Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant. While you may be tempted to simply take a selfie outside, make sure you do step in and have a look around. It's a charming little place.

Now, back onto Portobello we go, and this time we're in search of something a little more substantial to eat. For a Saturday lunch, my Notting Hill favourite will forever be Pizza East. This is THE place for a meal and a pint with friends. The pizza is otherworldly and the atmosphere is buzzing! You also might see a famous face or two. Just saying. 

Perhaps this should have been called the foodie's guide to Notting Hill. After all, so far nearly all of my recommendations refer to food! And here's yet another. The cutest cafe and bakery in Notting Hill can be found at Biscuiteers on Kensington Park Road. Not only can you sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful afternoon tea, you can also learn to ice your own cookies with a special icing class. The choice is yours for how involved you might want to get. I can't resist their gorgeous cookies and always send them to friends and family as a sweet surprise. This is a must visit, hands down. 



How are we already on our fifth stop? I definitely need to write a longer guide! Before I head home on the weekends, I stop by Harper & Tom's Flowers. Their flowers are blooming marvellous and they are my absolute indulgence. They sit on my desk all week and remind me of the beautiful day I had out and about on the town. Located on the corner of Clarendon Road, Harper & Tom's offer a varied selection of flowers that will put a smile on anyone's face! 

There is no doubt about it - I love my little neck of the woods. It's the perfect place to stroll, stop and eat or simply sit and watch the world go by. Notting Hill is pure magic and this is just a tiny slice of the heaven so many people call home, or home away from home. If you see me jumping around in my bright white trainers, please do come and say hello!

Now, for that mini shopping edit I promised you - here's a look at a few of my favourite for the season. They will all easily see you through a day of discovering Notting Hill and beyond. Basically, ladies, there's no excuse anymore for aching feet!