Amanda Waggott is the co-founder of the Notting Hill Post, a webzine for Notting Hill locals with news and views on what’s going on in the area. It’s a fantastic read written by two ex-journalists who have lived in the area for more years than they care to mention. Here Amanda shares with us her favourite things to do in Notting Hill in the spring.
Strolling is the best thing to do in Notting Hill in the spring – morning, noon or dusk.
On Fridays stroll northwards up the Portobello Road and enjoy the market in full swing. For a morning boost pop into the Talk House just before the Westway on the left. Super smooth third generation coffee is brewed here; it is a slightly slower process but really worth the wait.
Under the canopied area of the Westway take some time to browse through the costume jewellery and vintage clothing then continue up the road and take a gander along Golborne with its eclectic shops and bric a brac stalls. Make sure you get as far as Rellik, the queen of vintage clothing shops in the shadow of Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower.
Back down the market take a left and head for All Saint’s Road for brunch at the Tin Shed. My favourite dish by far is the Avocado mash with a poached egg on seedy toast but also they make a magnificent omelette. Downstairs there is a bakery so all the loaves on display will have been baked that day on the premises. While you are there drop into Book and Kitchen who have wonderful literary and musical events, books and a small, perfect café in the basement. Further south is the Jacksons, a boutique with one off pieces run by the twin Jackson sisters.
At lunchtime on a sunny spring day I love to wander the streets of Notting Hill finding and gazing at all the extraordinary wisterias in the area. Best by far is in Holland Park; it stretches the full length of the Orangery walk. Cross over to Kensington Gardens and in about a month the Serpentine Pavilion will be open. Every year an architect bids to build a temporary building in the same spot and each year they are a rare treat. This year’s pavilion will be a multicoloured futuristic, amorphous construction by Spanish architects SelgasCano. I can’t wait to sip a latte in it.
Early evening don your trainers and stroll to Negozio Classica on the corner of Westbourne Grove and Portobello for a sun-downer. Order a courgette salad, plate of cheese or salami slice to go with your glass of Italian. Carry on southwards up Portobello and spot the house George Orwell lived in once and then take in a play at either the Print Room Theatre now resident in the old Coronet and about to open a brand new play by the amazing Peter Gill or try the Gate Theatre where there is a play on at the moment about women in a Liberian rebel camp.
28 April 2015