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Guidebook for Greater London

Essentials
Largest supermarket nearby, good quality. Open Monday – Saturday 7.30am-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm (National holiday hrs may vary).
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Waitrose & Partners
38 Porchester Rd
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Largest supermarket nearby, good quality. Open Monday – Saturday 7.30am-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm (National holiday hrs may vary).
Local for grocery emergencies: Open daily 7am (8am on Sundays) to midnight (National holiday hrs may vary). Very close and open early/late so very convenient for any emergency groceries but you won’t find unusual or high quality produce.
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Sainsbury's Local
86 Westbourne Grove
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Local for grocery emergencies: Open daily 7am (8am on Sundays) to midnight (National holiday hrs may vary). Very close and open early/late so very convenient for any emergency groceries but you won’t find unusual or high quality produce.
Closest Asian food store. Produce & ingredients from China, Thailand, Japan & Malaysia. Open 9.30am-8pm every day.
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Tawana Oriental Supermarket
18 Chepstow Rd
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Closest Asian food store. Produce & ingredients from China, Thailand, Japan & Malaysia. Open 9.30am-8pm every day.
A good range of dried foods & ingredients from India, China and South East Asia. Open 8am daily (8.30am on the weekend) until midnight every day.
FOOD BASICS Oriental Superstore
28 Queensway
A good range of dried foods & ingredients from India, China and South East Asia. Open 8am daily (8.30am on the weekend) until midnight every day.
Open Monday – Saturday 7.30am-9pm, Sunday 12noon – 6pm (National holiday hrs may vary) Organic & health foods, supplements, vegan & gluten-free diet foods
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Planet Organic
42 Westbourne Grove
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Open Monday – Saturday 7.30am-9pm, Sunday 12noon – 6pm (National holiday hrs may vary) Organic & health foods, supplements, vegan & gluten-free diet foods
Just fruit & veg. Good range, very convenient. Open 8am-8pm every day.
Bens Fruit & Vegetables
80 Westbourne Grove
Just fruit & veg. Good range, very convenient. Open 8am-8pm every day.
Pharmacy: Closest one with late opening hours. Open daily 9am-midnight, except 12noon-6pm Sundays.
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Boots
114 Queensway
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Pharmacy: Closest one with late opening hours. Open daily 9am-midnight, except 12noon-6pm Sundays.
An NHS walk-in centre for minor injuries, fractures, sprains etc. Good alternative to the A&E department at St Mary's because the wait time is much much shorter. Also free. Open 8am - 9pm daily but the x-ray facilities are only open until 7.30pm weekdays and from 10am-7.30pm on weekends.
St. Charles NHS Urgent Care Walk-in Centre
An NHS walk-in centre for minor injuries, fractures, sprains etc. Good alternative to the A&E department at St Mary's because the wait time is much much shorter. Also free. Open 8am - 9pm daily but the x-ray facilities are only open until 7.30pm weekdays and from 10am-7.30pm on weekends.
Hopefully you won't need it but jut incase - this is the closest Accident & Emergency department open 24/7. If you have minor injury think about using St Charles walk-in centre instead - the wait time is likely to be much shorter.
St.Mary's Hospital : Emergency Room
Hopefully you won't need it but jut incase - this is the closest Accident & Emergency department open 24/7. If you have minor injury think about using St Charles walk-in centre instead - the wait time is likely to be much shorter.
Private Walk-In Urgent Care Centre at The Wellington Hospital. Open 7am-11pm daily. Initial consultation is £100, everything after that is extra. Only treat adults, the closest private urgent care for children is at the Portland. Good alternative to NHS urgent care if you prefer not to wait and don't mind paying. Call ahead if you can.
The Wellington Hospital, South
Private Walk-In Urgent Care Centre at The Wellington Hospital. Open 7am-11pm daily. Initial consultation is £100, everything after that is extra. Only treat adults, the closest private urgent care for children is at the Portland. Good alternative to NHS urgent care if you prefer not to wait and don't mind paying. Call ahead if you can.
The second closest private adult Walk-In Urgent Care Centre at the Princess Grace Hospital in Marylebone. Open 8am-10pm daily. Unsure of the prices but likely to be similar to the Wellington. Always good to call ahead if you can.
HCA UK Urgent Care Centre - Marylebone
The second closest private adult Walk-In Urgent Care Centre at the Princess Grace Hospital in Marylebone. Open 8am-10pm daily. Unsure of the prices but likely to be similar to the Wellington. Always good to call ahead if you can.
Private Walk-In Urgent Care Centre for children at The Portland Hospital. Open daily 8am-8pm. Initial consultation is £150, everything after is extra (may also be covered by your medical insurance). For non-life threatening injuries & illnesses. Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do need emergency care going to a private hospital avoids the long wait at an NHS centres. Although its walk-in calling ahead is helpful.
Urgent Care Centre for Children - Fitzrovia
205 Great Portland St
Private Walk-In Urgent Care Centre for children at The Portland Hospital. Open daily 8am-8pm. Initial consultation is £150, everything after is extra (may also be covered by your medical insurance). For non-life threatening injuries & illnesses. Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do need emergency care going to a private hospital avoids the long wait at an NHS centres. Although its walk-in calling ahead is helpful.
Private same-day doctors clinic close to Paddington. Book via the London Doctors Clinic website. Costs £55 for a 15minute doctors consultation. Tip: Use an online doctors consultation service instead (e.g. pushdoctor.co.uk) which will cost you £20 or less and if you need a prescription it will be sent straight to a local pharmacy to pick up!
London Doctors Clinic Private GP
20 Eastbourne Terrace
Private same-day doctors clinic close to Paddington. Book via the London Doctors Clinic website. Costs £55 for a 15minute doctors consultation. Tip: Use an online doctors consultation service instead (e.g. pushdoctor.co.uk) which will cost you £20 or less and if you need a prescription it will be sent straight to a local pharmacy to pick up!
Good range of stationary essentials!
Ryman Stationery Notting Hill Gate
56 Notting Hill Gate
Good range of stationary essentials!
Professional & reliable dry cleaners, also clean handbags & do shoe repairs. Unfortunately rather pricey but by far the best dry cleaners. Open daily 8.30am-5.30pm except Sundays and closes early at 5pm on Saturdays.
Jeeves Of Belgravia
271 Kensington High St
Professional & reliable dry cleaners, also clean handbags & do shoe repairs. Unfortunately rather pricey but by far the best dry cleaners. Open daily 8.30am-5.30pm except Sundays and closes early at 5pm on Saturdays.
A great British brand supermarket. This is one of their small 'Simply Food' stores - small range but particularly good quality fruit & veg. Open 8am-10pm daily. Next to Little Waitrose, and a few doors down from Tesco and Boots at Notting Hill Gate.
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Marks & Spencer NOTTING HILL GATE SIMPLY FOOD
146-154 Notting Hill Gate
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A great British brand supermarket. This is one of their small 'Simply Food' stores - small range but particularly good quality fruit & veg. Open 8am-10pm daily. Next to Little Waitrose, and a few doors down from Tesco and Boots at Notting Hill Gate.
Farmers market open every Saturday 9am-1pm. Purchase some good quality farm produce directly from the farmers, just try to ignore the rows of bins and unpleasant grubbiness of the rather unfortunate location around the back of the buildings at Notting Hill Gate!!
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Notting Hill Farmers' Market
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Farmers market open every Saturday 9am-1pm. Purchase some good quality farm produce directly from the farmers, just try to ignore the rows of bins and unpleasant grubbiness of the rather unfortunate location around the back of the buildings at Notting Hill Gate!!
Smaller version of the Waitrose supermarket. Handy if you've just got off the Tube at Notting Hill Gate. Open daily 7am-10pm.
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Little Waitrose & Partners
123-138 Notting Hill Gate
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Smaller version of the Waitrose supermarket. Handy if you've just got off the Tube at Notting Hill Gate. Open daily 7am-10pm.
Large supermarket selling natural and organic groceries, health foods, housewares etc. Basically a much larger version of Planet Organic. Open daily 8am-10pm except 12pm-6pm Sundays.
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Whole Foods Market
63-97 Kensington High St
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Large supermarket selling natural and organic groceries, health foods, housewares etc. Basically a much larger version of Planet Organic. Open daily 8am-10pm except 12pm-6pm Sundays.
Recently opened. New closest supermarket for grocery essentials
Co-op Food - Westminster
108 Westbourne Grove
Recently opened. New closest supermarket for grocery essentials
Food Scene
The place I (nearly) always go for Brunch. Great Bruch menu, plenty of space to park a pushchair. Tip: Avoid the long queue outside Granger and head further down Westbourne Grove to Cafe 202. The queue will be shorter, the menu similar, and the tables are much better spaced.
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202
202 Westbourne Grove
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The place I (nearly) always go for Brunch. Great Bruch menu, plenty of space to park a pushchair. Tip: Avoid the long queue outside Granger and head further down Westbourne Grove to Cafe 202. The queue will be shorter, the menu similar, and the tables are much better spaced.
Most convenient place locally to go with small children. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink. Usually fairly quiet, large, tables well spaced. Californian menu. Outside dining at the back, plenty of space for pushchair parking, kids menu, family friendly.
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Pomona's Restaurant & Bar
47 Hereford Rd
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Most convenient place locally to go with small children. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink. Usually fairly quiet, large, tables well spaced. Californian menu. Outside dining at the back, plenty of space for pushchair parking, kids menu, family friendly.
Nothing fancy, just great authentic Mexican bistro for lunch or dinner. Small plates. Questionable exterior, no prizes for the decor, but great food!
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Taqueria
141-145 Westbourne Grove
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Nothing fancy, just great authentic Mexican bistro for lunch or dinner. Small plates. Questionable exterior, no prizes for the decor, but great food!
Pan-asian superfood & juice bar, perfect for a vegan/gluten-free diet. Good for a guilt-free brunch, lunch or just an afternoon juice.
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Jusu Brothers
147-149 Westbourne Grove
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Pan-asian superfood & juice bar, perfect for a vegan/gluten-free diet. Good for a guilt-free brunch, lunch or just an afternoon juice.
Great Peruvian menu with small dishes. Try the octopus - its amazing! New to the area but already very popular. Great for lunch & dinner. They have a bakery & cafe next door which i've only been to once and was less impressed with (but would love to learn that i'm wrong!)
Andina Notting Hill
157 Westbourne Grove
Great Peruvian menu with small dishes. Try the octopus - its amazing! New to the area but already very popular. Great for lunch & dinner. They have a bakery & cafe next door which i've only been to once and was less impressed with (but would love to learn that i'm wrong!)
Great vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Good for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. It used to have a queue outside most evenings with a 1hr wait time but now, happily, they take bookings via their website.
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Farmacy
74-76 Westbourne Grove
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Great vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Good for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. It used to have a queue outside most evenings with a 1hr wait time but now, happily, they take bookings via their website.
Was located in the Orangery, now in the Pavilion, at Kensington Palace. Book the pavilion to experience a traditional British Afternoon Tea!
The Kensington Palace Pavilion
Was located in the Orangery, now in the Pavilion, at Kensington Palace. Book the pavilion to experience a traditional British Afternoon Tea!
A new seafood bistro open for lunch and dinner. The menu looks like a modern take on a traditional seaside fish&chip shop. It has some good reviews but I haven't had a chance to experience it yet so if you try it let me know what its like!
Bucket
107 Westbourne Grove
A new seafood bistro open for lunch and dinner. The menu looks like a modern take on a traditional seaside fish&chip shop. It has some good reviews but I haven't had a chance to experience it yet so if you try it let me know what its like!
Granger is a very popular destination, personally I find the tables too closely spaced, its definitely not pushchair friendly and it gets over crowded. You can't book in advance, however, I would recommend Granger if you plan on having an early breakfast! It opens at 7am so the trick is to go early. By brunch time there is a queue.
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Granger and Co.
175 Westbourne Grove
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Granger is a very popular destination, personally I find the tables too closely spaced, its definitely not pushchair friendly and it gets over crowded. You can't book in advance, however, I would recommend Granger if you plan on having an early breakfast! It opens at 7am so the trick is to go early. By brunch time there is a queue.
Artisan bakery and cafe. Good for coffee or light brunch. Its very very small, definitely not pushchair friendly but lovely atmosphere, very cute.
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The Tin Shed
33 All Saints Rd
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Artisan bakery and cafe. Good for coffee or light brunch. Its very very small, definitely not pushchair friendly but lovely atmosphere, very cute.
I'm a big fan of Ottolenghi and this is one of my favourite places to get lunch. Very small, not pushchair friendly at all, can be crowded, and only 1 communal table at the back. But... the salads & cakes are so good its worth a try if you're on your own or just 2 of you! If you're out with the family one of you can pop inside to grab some salads & cakes to take-away. Note that you pay by weight and it is very pricey!
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Ottolenghi Notting Hill
63 Ledbury Rd
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I'm a big fan of Ottolenghi and this is one of my favourite places to get lunch. Very small, not pushchair friendly at all, can be crowded, and only 1 communal table at the back. But... the salads & cakes are so good its worth a try if you're on your own or just 2 of you! If you're out with the family one of you can pop inside to grab some salads & cakes to take-away. Note that you pay by weight and it is very pricey!
One of my favourite local restaurants for dinner - excellent wines and food - French tapas-style sharing dishes. Small, cosy and intimate. Can get a bit noisy. Pre-book.
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cépage[s] wine bistro
69 Westbourne Park Rd
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One of my favourite local restaurants for dinner - excellent wines and food - French tapas-style sharing dishes. Small, cosy and intimate. Can get a bit noisy. Pre-book.
Very convenient. Italian fine dining upstairs, bar/pizzeria downstairs. The two are run separately so do be clear when you book the you're after the upstairs restaurant. Downstairs the food is still good but its often empty and I find the decor slightly cold - overall its better suited to functions/large groups.
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Assaggi Restaurant
39 Chepstow Pl
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Very convenient. Italian fine dining upstairs, bar/pizzeria downstairs. The two are run separately so do be clear when you book the you're after the upstairs restaurant. Downstairs the food is still good but its often empty and I find the decor slightly cold - overall its better suited to functions/large groups.
A convenient high-street Italian-style pizza/pasta chain restaurant. Nothing fancy but very convenient for families, kids menu, space for pushchairs & budget friendly. You can order takeaway from here on Deliveroo
Zizzi
A convenient high-street Italian-style pizza/pasta chain restaurant. Nothing fancy but very convenient for families, kids menu, space for pushchairs & budget friendly. You can order takeaway from here on Deliveroo
Like Zizzi, a convenient high-street Italian-style pizza chain. Fast service, kids menu, budget friendly. You can order takeaway from here on Deliveroo
Pizza Express
Like Zizzi, a convenient high-street Italian-style pizza chain. Fast service, kids menu, budget friendly. You can order takeaway from here on Deliveroo
Excellent dining on British tapas-style sharing dishes... in a shed! The downside is that it is extremely popular and gets overcrowded plus the seats are very uncomfortable. So either go early (particularly with kids) to avoid the crowds and choose relatively comfortable seats, or if you don’t mind a rickety stool and like a buzzy vibe, just go for it. The Shed’s speciality is that they source most of their produce from their own farm in Sussex, and they have award winning British wines. Pre-book.
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The Shed
122 Palace Gardens Terrace
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Excellent dining on British tapas-style sharing dishes... in a shed! The downside is that it is extremely popular and gets overcrowded plus the seats are very uncomfortable. So either go early (particularly with kids) to avoid the crowds and choose relatively comfortable seats, or if you don’t mind a rickety stool and like a buzzy vibe, just go for it. The Shed’s speciality is that they source most of their produce from their own farm in Sussex, and they have award winning British wines. Pre-book.
2 Michelin Star fine dining experience. Book well in advance. Tasting menu available and also does lunch – you’re more likely to be able to get a lunch booking at short notice!
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The Ledbury
127 Ledbury Rd
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2 Michelin Star fine dining experience. Book well in advance. Tasting menu available and also does lunch – you’re more likely to be able to get a lunch booking at short notice!
Classic British food with a decent amount of elbow-room, and for when you dont want to have to shout over the noise to have a decent conversation
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Hereford Road Restaurant
3 Hereford Rd
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Classic British food with a decent amount of elbow-room, and for when you dont want to have to shout over the noise to have a decent conversation
Clare Smyth was previously London’s only three Michelin-star female chef when she ran Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Core opened very recently and doesn’t yet have a Michelin star but is likely to be in next year’s list. Pre-Book (easier to get a table at short notice than at The Ledbury and the food is basically just a good)! Uses local British produce. Update: Awarded 2 Michelin Stars in the 2018 list.
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Core by Clare Smyth
92 Kensington Park Rd
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Clare Smyth was previously London’s only three Michelin-star female chef when she ran Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Core opened very recently and doesn’t yet have a Michelin star but is likely to be in next year’s list. Pre-Book (easier to get a table at short notice than at The Ledbury and the food is basically just a good)! Uses local British produce. Update: Awarded 2 Michelin Stars in the 2018 list.
Fine dining - modern British with a European influence. Pre-book. Spacious, no need to shout over the noise to hear each other speak, good for groups. Located in the ballroom of a 17th century mansion inside Holland Park (off Abbotsbury Road). Wear sensible shoes if you plan to walk there, otherwise grab a taxi.
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The Belvedere
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Fine dining - modern British with a European influence. Pre-book. Spacious, no need to shout over the noise to hear each other speak, good for groups. Located in the ballroom of a 17th century mansion inside Holland Park (off Abbotsbury Road). Wear sensible shoes if you plan to walk there, otherwise grab a taxi.
Authentic Mexican bistro. Not family friendly, questionable exterior, small, crowded... but great buzzy vibe and excellent food! Pre-book. If you stay late they clear the tables away in the back room and it becomes a night club.
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Santo
299 Portobello Rd
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Authentic Mexican bistro. Not family friendly, questionable exterior, small, crowded... but great buzzy vibe and excellent food! Pre-book. If you stay late they clear the tables away in the back room and it becomes a night club.
Trendy Pan-Asian dining. The front section is a buzzy bar and the back is a great modern fine dining restaurant. Pre-book. I've only ever been for dinner but they also do lunch.
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E&O
14 Blenheim Cres
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Trendy Pan-Asian dining. The front section is a buzzy bar and the back is a great modern fine dining restaurant. Pre-book. I've only ever been for dinner but they also do lunch.
Nothing fancy, just reliable, good quality Indian food with good service. Good for families but probably not young children.
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Durbar Tandoori Restaurant
24 Hereford Rd
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Nothing fancy, just reliable, good quality Indian food with good service. Good for families but probably not young children.
Great authentic every-day Japanese – where Japanese in Notting Hill go to eat. Non-fancy no-frills decor, menus are in Japanese, Japanese TV on in the background. Usually very busy so book beforehand, order to take-away, or be prepared for a short wait. Also open for Lunch.
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Eat Tokyo (Notting Hill Gate)
17 Notting Hill Gate
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Great authentic every-day Japanese – where Japanese in Notting Hill go to eat. Non-fancy no-frills decor, menus are in Japanese, Japanese TV on in the background. Usually very busy so book beforehand, order to take-away, or be prepared for a short wait. Also open for Lunch.
Authentic Italian gelato. The dark chocolate sorbet is amazing. Worth going just to see how they prepare it - your ice cream will be served looking like petals of a flower, and if you want each petal can be a different flavour. Yum.
Amorino Notting Hill
22 Pembridge Rd
Authentic Italian gelato. The dark chocolate sorbet is amazing. Worth going just to see how they prepare it - your ice cream will be served looking like petals of a flower, and if you want each petal can be a different flavour. Yum.
Another branch of the Amorino Italian gelato chain. The one on Pembridge Road is closer. Try the dark chocolate sorbet. Its amazing.
Amorino
21 Queensway
Another branch of the Amorino Italian gelato chain. The one on Pembridge Road is closer. Try the dark chocolate sorbet. Its amazing.
Lakeside bistro in Hyde Park - stop for breakfast after a morning run or lunch after boating on the Serpentine! Outside seating, kids menu, but be warned it can get very crowded at lunch time.
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Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
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Lakeside bistro in Hyde Park - stop for breakfast after a morning run or lunch after boating on the Serpentine! Outside seating, kids menu, but be warned it can get very crowded at lunch time.
New highly acclaimed restaurant on Piccadilly from one of Britains best chefs, Ollie Dabbous. Impressive venue (check out the amazing staircase), impressive menu. Great for business dinners and for date nights. Awarded a Michelin star in 2018
HIDE
85 Piccadilly
New highly acclaimed restaurant on Piccadilly from one of Britains best chefs, Ollie Dabbous. Impressive venue (check out the amazing staircase), impressive menu. Great for business dinners and for date nights. Awarded a Michelin star in 2018
Trendy date night sushi experience in Mayfair.
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Nobu
15 Berkeley St
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Trendy date night sushi experience in Mayfair.
Fine Italian date night destination in South Kensington. Also possible to book a private function room.
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Daphne's
112 Draycott Ave
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Fine Italian date night destination in South Kensington. Also possible to book a private function room.
Modern European date night destination in St. James's.
45 Jermyn St.
45 Jermyn St
Modern European date night destination in St. James's.
Classic British date night and post-theatre destination in Covent Garden.
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The Ivy
1-5 West St
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Classic British date night and post-theatre destination in Covent Garden.
Formerly Cipriani's. Fine Italian date night or business dinner in Mayfair.
C London
23-25 Davies St
Formerly Cipriani's. Fine Italian date night or business dinner in Mayfair.
Parks & Nature
The western half of Hyde park. Closest park, 5-10 minutes walk from the house. Enter through the gates opposite Orme Square, open from 6am to dusk (the gates in to Hyde Park open at 5am and close at 12midnight). If you’re heading to the museums etc. in Kensington on a nice day walk though the park to get there - from the house it is about a 25-minute walk to the Royal Albert Hall. Also home to Kensington Palace, The Pavilion cafe and the Diana Memorial Playground.
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Kensington Gardens
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The western half of Hyde park. Closest park, 5-10 minutes walk from the house. Enter through the gates opposite Orme Square, open from 6am to dusk (the gates in to Hyde Park open at 5am and close at 12midnight). If you’re heading to the museums etc. in Kensington on a nice day walk though the park to get there - from the house it is about a 25-minute walk to the Royal Albert Hall. Also home to Kensington Palace, The Pavilion cafe and the Diana Memorial Playground.
Attached to Kensington Gardens, together they are the closest & largest park. Great of a picnic, also has a range of activities including boating on the Serpentine, horse riding, tennis & lawn bowls, lakeside cafe, as well hosting concerts & events and Serpentine art gallery. See the royal parks website for more info https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park or I have listed separate activities here in the guide book.
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Χάιντ Παρκ
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Attached to Kensington Gardens, together they are the closest & largest park. Great of a picnic, also has a range of activities including boating on the Serpentine, horse riding, tennis & lawn bowls, lakeside cafe, as well hosting concerts & events and Serpentine art gallery. See the royal parks website for more info https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park or I have listed separate activities here in the guide book.
Open daily from 7.30am to 30 minutes before dusk. Smaller than Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park and a bit further to get to but worth it. Less touristy, very family friendly with a toddler playground near the café, and ‘adventure playground’ by the carpark for big kids. Peacocks roam the park; the Japanese-styled Kyoto Garden is beautiful; there are wild areas, meadows, and open spaces to play & picnic. The Belvedere restaurant is located in Holland Park and in the summer there is open-air theatre and opera.
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Holland Park
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Open daily from 7.30am to 30 minutes before dusk. Smaller than Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park and a bit further to get to but worth it. Less touristy, very family friendly with a toddler playground near the café, and ‘adventure playground’ by the carpark for big kids. Peacocks roam the park; the Japanese-styled Kyoto Garden is beautiful; there are wild areas, meadows, and open spaces to play & picnic. The Belvedere restaurant is located in Holland Park and in the summer there is open-air theatre and opera.
Entertainment & Activities
Kids playground in Kensington Gardens. Open daily from 10am to dusk. The playground is gated & has a security guard. They only allow adults accompanying children, however, I would recommend that you are still vigilant in terms of child safety and security. On busy weekends in the summer there can be a queue to get in as they allow a limited number only. Has a café and toilet facilities.
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Diana Memorial Playground
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Kids playground in Kensington Gardens. Open daily from 10am to dusk. The playground is gated & has a security guard. They only allow adults accompanying children, however, I would recommend that you are still vigilant in terms of child safety and security. On busy weekends in the summer there can be a queue to get in as they allow a limited number only. Has a café and toilet facilities.
Boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Hire a rowing boat or a pedalo for a fun or leisurely paddle around the Serpentine, or be driven around by the Solar Shuttle. Open from April - October from 10am-8pm. Closing time can vary so always good to call ahead/check online at http://www.solarshuttle.co.uk/hyde-park.htm
Bluebird Boats Ltd
Boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Hire a rowing boat or a pedalo for a fun or leisurely paddle around the Serpentine, or be driven around by the Solar Shuttle. Open from April - October from 10am-8pm. Closing time can vary so always good to call ahead/check online at http://www.solarshuttle.co.uk/hyde-park.htm
Experience Hyde Park on horseback. From age 4 - adult. Would advise having previous riding knowledge to get the most out of this experience and book to ride through the park, rather than an arena lesson. Daily 9am-4pm, book online at https://hydeparkstables.com. Be warned it pricey - from £109 for 1 hour.
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Hyde Park Stables
63 Bathurst Mews
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Experience Hyde Park on horseback. From age 4 - adult. Would advise having previous riding knowledge to get the most out of this experience and book to ride through the park, rather than an arena lesson. Daily 9am-4pm, book online at https://hydeparkstables.com. Be warned it pricey - from £109 for 1 hour.
Great outing with the kids: Walk-through tropical butterfly house on the Natural History Museum lawn, open every summer, late March - mid-September. Book in advance via the Natural History Museum website. And why not visit the Natural History Museum too while you're there!
Sensational Butterflies
Great outing with the kids: Walk-through tropical butterfly house on the Natural History Museum lawn, open every summer, late March - mid-September. Book in advance via the Natural History Museum website. And why not visit the Natural History Museum too while you're there!
Arts & Culture
Royal residence in Kensington Gardens. Currently a Diana exhibition and a Queen Victoria exhibition on. Kids events on the last Sunday of every month. Visit the Historical Royal Palaces website to book tickets and see exhibition details: https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/ Also home to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Wills and Kate, Harry & Megan!). Why not visit the Pavilion for a classic afternoon tea while you're there.
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Παλάτι του Κένσινγκτον
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Royal residence in Kensington Gardens. Currently a Diana exhibition and a Queen Victoria exhibition on. Kids events on the last Sunday of every month. Visit the Historical Royal Palaces website to book tickets and see exhibition details: https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/ Also home to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Wills and Kate, Harry & Megan!). Why not visit the Pavilion for a classic afternoon tea while you're there.
One of my favourite museums in London. A small but wonderful formerly private collection of art, porcelain, furniture and armour in Hertford House. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission free but you can pre-arrange a (paid) guided tour. Not on the main tourist circuit so usually quiet. Has a great café in the covered courtyard so perfect for a rainy day visit to the museum followed by lunch/afternoon tea.
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The Wallace Collection
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One of my favourite museums in London. A small but wonderful formerly private collection of art, porcelain, furniture and armour in Hertford House. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission free but you can pre-arrange a (paid) guided tour. Not on the main tourist circuit so usually quiet. Has a great café in the covered courtyard so perfect for a rainy day visit to the museum followed by lunch/afternoon tea.
A great little independent museum in Notting Hill focussed on the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. £5-£9 for admission. Open daily 10am-6pm, except 11am-5pm on Sundays. Another one that is off the main tourist circuit so relatively quiet.
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Museum of Brands
111-117 Lancaster Rd
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A great little independent museum in Notting Hill focussed on the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. £5-£9 for admission. Open daily 10am-6pm, except 11am-5pm on Sundays. Another one that is off the main tourist circuit so relatively quiet.
Iconic concert hall to the south of Kensington Gardens. Take a walk through the park and book a guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall (available from July - December), or take a look at their website to see upcoming events & shows https://www.royalalberthall.com including the annual BBC Summer Proms, films in concert, and the Cirque du Soleil (Jan-Feb 2019)
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Royal Albert Hall
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Iconic concert hall to the south of Kensington Gardens. Take a walk through the park and book a guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall (available from July - December), or take a look at their website to see upcoming events & shows https://www.royalalberthall.com including the annual BBC Summer Proms, films in concert, and the Cirque du Soleil (Jan-Feb 2019)
One of 3 major museums in Exhibition Road, the world famous Natural History Museum. Along with the Science Museum, the best museum for kids. Plenty of interactive and impressive exhibits for kids to enjoy, family friendly cafes & amenities. Free entry although some temporary exhibits charge a fee - take a look online to see whats on. Open daily 10am-5.30pm. Warning: Can get very crowded. Tip: Go early to avoid the crowds, or if thats not an option and there is a long queue at the main Cromwell Road entrance, nip round the side of the building and enter through the smaller Exhibition Road entrance - the queue is usually much shorter.
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Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας του Λονδίνου
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One of 3 major museums in Exhibition Road, the world famous Natural History Museum. Along with the Science Museum, the best museum for kids. Plenty of interactive and impressive exhibits for kids to enjoy, family friendly cafes & amenities. Free entry although some temporary exhibits charge a fee - take a look online to see whats on. Open daily 10am-5.30pm. Warning: Can get very crowded. Tip: Go early to avoid the crowds, or if thats not an option and there is a long queue at the main Cromwell Road entrance, nip round the side of the building and enter through the smaller Exhibition Road entrance - the queue is usually much shorter.
Along with the Natural History Museum, the best museum for kids - lots of interactive science exhibits, a play area and family friendly facilities. Free entry although some temporary exhibits charge a fee. Open daily 10am-6pm. If you get there early it is possible to tour both museums in one big family day out! Or pace yourselves and visit on separate days!
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Μουσείο Επιστημών του Λονδίνου
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Along with the Natural History Museum, the best museum for kids - lots of interactive science exhibits, a play area and family friendly facilities. Free entry although some temporary exhibits charge a fee. Open daily 10am-6pm. If you get there early it is possible to tour both museums in one big family day out! Or pace yourselves and visit on separate days!
Vast museum of decorative arts & design from 5000yrs ago to present day. Great destination for those interested in art, design & fashion. Currently hosting a Frida Kahlo exhibition and Jameel Prize 5 showcase. Less of a young-kids museum than the Natural History & Science museum but it does hold drop-in activity sessions for kids and has family friendly amenities & cafes. Have a look at their website https://www.vam.ac.uk to see whats on. Open daily 10am-5.45pm, except Friday when it closes late at 10pm.
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Μουσείο Βικτόρια και Άλμπερτ
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Vast museum of decorative arts & design from 5000yrs ago to present day. Great destination for those interested in art, design & fashion. Currently hosting a Frida Kahlo exhibition and Jameel Prize 5 showcase. Less of a young-kids museum than the Natural History & Science museum but it does hold drop-in activity sessions for kids and has family friendly amenities & cafes. Have a look at their website https://www.vam.ac.uk to see whats on. Open daily 10am-5.45pm, except Friday when it closes late at 10pm.
Sightseeing
If you're making an outing to Kensington Palace or Kensington Gardens get there via this beautiful de-tour. Take a leisurely stroll down Kensington Place Gardens and turn left into the park via the gate that leads you right past Kensington Palace. A gated tree-lined street with impressive palatial embassies and private homes on either side. Known as London's most expensive street. Surprisingly quiet and tranquil spot in central London.
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Kensington Palace Gardens
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If you're making an outing to Kensington Palace or Kensington Gardens get there via this beautiful de-tour. Take a leisurely stroll down Kensington Place Gardens and turn left into the park via the gate that leads you right past Kensington Palace. A gated tree-lined street with impressive palatial embassies and private homes on either side. Known as London's most expensive street. Surprisingly quiet and tranquil spot in central London.
One of London's most famous street markets. Portobello Road Market is featured in the film ‘Notting Hill’ and the ‘Paddington Bear’ films. The main market day is Saturday, when all five sections are opened: antiques, second-hand goods, clothing and fashion, household essentials and fruit & veg. Tip: Portobello Road is a main tourist attraction and gets extremely crowded so go early before 11.30am, or on a Friday when there are also a lot of stalls open. Various sections are open Monday-Saturday from 9am-6/7pm except Thursday when it closes at 1pm.
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Artbees
73 Lewisham High St
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One of London's most famous street markets. Portobello Road Market is featured in the film ‘Notting Hill’ and the ‘Paddington Bear’ films. The main market day is Saturday, when all five sections are opened: antiques, second-hand goods, clothing and fashion, household essentials and fruit & veg. Tip: Portobello Road is a main tourist attraction and gets extremely crowded so go early before 11.30am, or on a Friday when there are also a lot of stalls open. Various sections are open Monday-Saturday from 9am-6/7pm except Thursday when it closes at 1pm.
For kids who love the Paddington Bear films! Alice's Antiques is the site of Gruber's Antiques in Paddington Bear.
Alice's
86 Portobello Rd
For kids who love the Paddington Bear films! Alice's Antiques is the site of Gruber's Antiques in Paddington Bear.
Shopping
Another great place to purchase hospitality gifts so you don't turn up empty handed at a friends place!
Oliver Bonas
129-131 Kensington High Street
Another great place to purchase hospitality gifts so you don't turn up empty handed at a friends place!
Boutique luxury chocolate maker. Gorgeous chocolates, perfect for hospitality gifts or as treat to self! They also run chocolate work-shop sessions for adults and children, book online in advance https://www.meltchocolates.com. Open 11am - 6.30pm daily, except Sunday when it closes at 5pm.
Melt Chocolates
59 Ledbury Road
Boutique luxury chocolate maker. Gorgeous chocolates, perfect for hospitality gifts or as treat to self! They also run chocolate work-shop sessions for adults and children, book online in advance https://www.meltchocolates.com. Open 11am - 6.30pm daily, except Sunday when it closes at 5pm.
Conveniently close luxury British florists. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm but go in the morning if you want there to be a good range of flowers left. Alternatively order a pre-designed bouquet online by 5pm for same day delivery. Note that its pricey, and they could work on 'service-with-a-smile'. For a friendlier service, and also friendlier to the bank balance, walk a bit further to Harper & Toms on Elgin Crescent.
Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart, Notting Hill
222 Westbourne Grove
Conveniently close luxury British florists. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm but go in the morning if you want there to be a good range of flowers left. Alternatively order a pre-designed bouquet online by 5pm for same day delivery. Note that its pricey, and they could work on 'service-with-a-smile'. For a friendlier service, and also friendlier to the bank balance, walk a bit further to Harper & Toms on Elgin Crescent.
My go-to flower shop unless i'm in a real hurry in which case I choose the closer Wild At Heart. Open daily 9am-7pm, except Sunday its 10am-5pm. You can order a bespoke bouquet in person or over the phone for same-day delivery, or a pre-designed bouquet online.
Harper & Toms Flowers
My go-to flower shop unless i'm in a real hurry in which case I choose the closer Wild At Heart. Open daily 9am-7pm, except Sunday its 10am-5pm. You can order a bespoke bouquet in person or over the phone for same-day delivery, or a pre-designed bouquet online.