Notting Hill & Paddington Attractions in London

Finding things to do in London's stunning Notting Hill happen naturally once visitors wander off the rather unexciting High Street and onto the charming side streets. Hugh Grant's movie Notting Hill thrust the neighborhood and the antique market on Portobello Road, now heaving on Saturdays, into the spotlight. While the area may not be full of main stream attractions, it's worth getting a visit to get lost in local life.

Portobello Road Market, a mixture of antiques and souvenir tat, is open on Fridays and Saturdays while the shops behind the market stalls are also open weekdays. From Portobello Road continue onto upscale Westbourne Grove for boutique shopping, art galleries and independent restaurants.

Art house film buffs flock to Notting Hill's three independent cinemas: The Gate, The Electric and The Coronet. Nostalgics will relish a look back at daily English life at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.

For two weeks in August the Notting Hill Carnival takes over the streets with parades, live music, Caribbean food and wild parties well into the wee hours as a celebration of the neighborhood's West Indian culture.

Nearby Notting Hill are three of London's largest green spaces. Holland Park attracts more of a local scene with children's playgrounds and sports ground while Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is popular with tourists and locals alike.

For those seeking active things to do, the Westway Sports Centre has an indoor climbing wall with over 300 routes available for casual use or taking courses. Queens Ice and Bowl in the edgier Bayswater has a subterranean indoor ice rink and a modern bowling alley. Or try boutique bowling at All Star Lanes also in Bayswater for a retro American experience.

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Portobello Road Market

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Portobello Road

London's most famous market... read more

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Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

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2 Lonsdale Road
Lonsdale Road

British brands and advertising... read more

Queens Ice & Bowl

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17 Queensway

Strikes & Lutzes... read more

Notting Hill Arts Club

21 Notting Hill Gate
Kensington and Chelsea

The Movers and Shakers in Music... read more

Original London Walks

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1 Various locations

Leg it round the city... read more

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Holland Park

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The Stable Yard Holland Park Ilchester Place

Beauty in Kensington... read more

All Star Lanes (Bayswater)

6 Porchester Gardens

Retro American diner, bowling and lounge... read more

Bankrobber Gallery

52 Lonsdale Rd

Street art inside... read more

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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

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West Carriage Drive

Largest of the royal parks... read more

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Westway Sports Centre

1 Crowthorne Road
Ladbroke Grove

Sports in the city... read more
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