The perfect day in Notting Hill

With its pretty pastel houses, its busy flee-food-and-everything-inbetween market and some of the most fantastic stores and restaurants in London, Notting Hill is always a good choice for a perfect day in London.

But how to make the most of your day in West London most beautiful neighbourhood? Below are a few ideas…

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10 AM: There’s only one way to start a perfect day in Notting Hill: late (ish), with a side of buttery pastries and your choice of hot drinks. There are a few places nearby offereing just that, but my favourite has to be the Swedish-inspired, tiny but perfectly formed Fabrique Bakery on Portobello Road.

The perfect Autumn day in Notting Hill | Cake + Whisky

With marble tables, shabby-chic decor, amazing bread and more pastries than even I can manage, it’s the perfect spot to start the day the hygge way.

The perfect Autumn day in Notting Hill | Cake + Whisky

11 AM: Roam the area until you find your dream house.

Because if you haven’t ‘grammed 25 billion pictures of pretty pastel houses, have you even been to Notting Hill?

The perfect Autumn day in Notting Hill | Cake + Whisky

12 PM: Build up an appetite with a peak at what’s available at Portobello Market.

Open Monday to Saturday, the world-famous flee market is a happy mix of antiques, collectable, vintage fashion, bric-à-brac and of course, food!

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If you like mushrooms, make sure you hunt down the Mushroom guy for one of the city’s best selection (and prices!) of funghi of all sorts!

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There’s also a fantastic Spanish food store down Portobello Road where you can stock on Iberic staples…

(because this + jamon = the perfect Autumn dinner!)

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1 PM: I could taco ’bout where to have lunch for hours, but it’s getting quite cold these days, so I highly recommend you head straight for Taqueria for a feast of the best tacos this side of the Atlantic.

Taco feast at Taqueria, Notting Hill | Cake + Whisky

The place itself is an absolute interiors dream, but believe it or not, the food is even better!

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Whatever you order, I don’t think you can go wrong, but if you’re not sure what to get, the signature guac’ and the fish tacos are a good place to start.

Plus a portion of the steak tacos with browned cheese. Or two, ’cause you might not want to share those…

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3 PM: Whether you’re in the mood for window shopping, or absolutely ready to get a headstart on your Christmas shopping, Notting Hill is a fantastic place to shop!

I especially love the independant, rather niche selection on Blenheim Crescent, ranging from beautiful flowers to kids clothing & toys, speciality food store & the all-round fantastic Books for Cooks.

Crammed with thousands of tasty titles and equipped with a squashy sofa for cookbook junkies in need of a long read, it’s every foodie’s dream come true (and my bank account’s worst nightmare).

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Across the street, The Spice Shop is the ultimate Aladdin’s cave stocking over 2,500 spices and ingredients from around the world.

Plus, how cute is the brand’s signature yellow tin box?!

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Traditional sweets’ shop Ask Mummy & Daddy offers a wide array of treats and always have some of the sweetest windows around…

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But if you’re after a more substancial sweet treat, Biscuiteers is where it’s at for the prettiest novelty iced bicuits, a spot of afternoon tea or a hands-on icing masterclass!

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6PM: Time for the cinema experience of a lifetime at Electric Cinema!

Forget the usual unconfortably shaped seats & full-on air conditioning. This is something else entirely.

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Sixty-five leather armchairs with footstools and side tables offer unparalleled comfort.

In addition there are also 2-seater sofas at the rear of the theatre and six double beds in the front row in case you want to get snuggly.

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Oh, and there’s also individual cashmere blankets, Champagne and snacks you’ll actually want to eat…

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What to do in London when it rains

? It’s raining, it’s pouring… ?

But it’s no reason to stay in! Even in the rain, London’s quite an exciting city !

(and it’s just as well as it’s not exactly famous for its gorgeous weather anyway…)

So put your (rain) boots on and take a look below for a few ideas of what to do in London when it rains!

1. Invest in a new umbrella

Not only is it a matter of survival (no way this £1 Primark one is not going to survive the wind gusts!), but it’s also the perfect excuse to step back in time and visit London (and the world)’s only store specialising in umbrella retail.

What to do in London when it rains | Buy an umbrella at James Smith & Sons

Founded in 1830, James Smith & Sons offers a wide range of outstanding umbrellas, as well as repair service for them.

What to do in London when it rains: buy an umbrella at James Smith & Sons

A rain-themed Aladdin’s cave of sorts!

2. Go to the pub

The ultimate British fix when something goes wrong.

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Your government just made a terribly stupid decision? Go to the pub, that’ll cheer you up!

Your football team got out of a major tournament? Go to the pub.

The weather’s so awful you can’t even…? Go. To. The. Pub.

Radicals & Victuallers London | Restaurant review | Cake + Whisky

There’s pints and comfort food, and comfy chairs and you can just hide away from the world for as long as you’d like.

God save the pubs!

Radicals & Victuallers London | Restaurant review | Cake + Whisky

There are many great pubs to choose from, but if it’s not too much of a trek, give Radicals & Victuallers a go. They have live sports & board games & mac’n’cheese and are a perfect rain-escape plan!

3. Have afternoon tea

You know what makes everything better? Cake.

And tea, and a couple of hours in a plush chair catching up with your favourite people.

Little Nan's Cocktail Afternoon Tea at Sutton House | Cake + Whisky

Which is exactly why afternoon tea is perfect for rainy days.

Little Nan's Cocktail Afternoon Tea at Sutton House | Cake + Whisky

Go to Little Nan’s vintage & funky tea at Sutton House or treat yourself to Cake Boy extraordinaire Eric Lanlard’s version at Palmcourt at the Parklane Hotel, sit down aaaaand relax!

4. Visit the Kew Gardens

Grim weather is one of the most depressing things there is.

But nothing loads of flowers can’t fix.

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And there’s only one rain-prooved place for that: the Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens | Cake + Whisky

A rainy day is the perfect time to visit, because you’ll have the place almost to yourself and can truly take your time to discover Mother Nature’s most incredible creations!

Flower power!

5. Play the time away at Draughts

Draughts is London’s first board game café and a haven for game lovers.

What to do in London when it rains: play board games at Draughts

With a huge library of games – 600 and counting! – as well as food and snacks, a range of local craft beers, ales, ciders, and wines, it’s a brilliant spot to stay dry and have fun!

What to do in London when it rains: play board games at Draughts

Check & mate, weather man!

6. Close your eyes and pretend like you’re actually on the French Riviera

This Summer, Le Méridien Piccadilly is bringing Nice to London!

Le Méridien Piccadilly Summer Soirée | Cake + Whisky

Their Terrace Bar & Grill, has been transformed into an idyllic coastal resort, complete with sun loungers, sun umbrellas, blossoming climbing plants, espadrilles, apéritif and even a pétanque field!

Le Méridien Piccadilly Summer Soirée | Cake + Whisky

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What’s your favourite thing to do in London when it rains? Any top tips? 

What to do in London when it rains