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Notting Hill

One of London’s most famous addresses – thanks to the moment when a sultry Julia Robert’s cornered Hugh Grant in his tiny bookshop on Portobello Road – is Notting Hill [map].

Aside from the successful British film and its annual Caribbean carnival this area of London is famous for its eclectic range of shops.
One of Notting Hill’s most exciting streets is Portobello Road, and it is here that you’ll find Portobello Market [map].

Not only is this mile-long market the ideal place to pick up a bargain, it’s also the place to be seen as the cool crowd in London flock here every Friday and Saturday between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm to purchase a retro item of clothing or a unique piece of jewellery.

The Westbourne Grove [map] end of the market offers arts and crafts, fresh and organic fruit and vegetables and vintage clothes and jewellery. There’s also a variety of food stalls to tempt you and stalls selling bric-a-brac.

While you’re there check out the fantastic antique shops that line this road.

If you’re a bookworm or looking for a gift Notting Hill is definitely the place to visit.

Make your first port of call The Travel Bookshop [map], Blenheim Crescent, which is said to be the inspiration behind the bookshop featured in Notting Hill. Peruse the extensive range of travel books and find a quiet nook or cranny to read excerpts from your selections.

Food lovers will want to put aside an afternoon of their shopping expedition for the delights awaiting behind the doors of Books For Cooks [map], Blenheim Crescent.

Containing all the books you will ever need to get your first Michelin Star, this shop is the perfect place to pick up an interesting present for someone. Books For Cooks also holds cookery courses and there is a test kitchen at the back of the shop serving bargain lunches for hungry shoppers.

Those into fashion don’t need to be told that over on Pembridge Road [map], is where you’ll find The Dispensary, which has a wide stock of streetwear fashions. Perfect for a night on the tiles or an understated dining experience.

The Jacksons [map], All Saints Road, stocks the kind of accessories that Notting Hill has become synonymous with. Choose from an extensive collection of unique hats, bags, belts and shoes.

One of the areas that the film missed out on is the huge African influence that dominates much of Notting Hill. This richly diverse area is home to a wealth of exotic food shops and beautiful ethnic goods.

Go where Hugh Grant failed to venture and check out African Escape [map], Portobello Road, which has an immense collection of goods, clothing and gifts at great prices.

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