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Hattie Lloyd 03/06/22


20 Notting Hill Date Ideas

Notting Hill.

Potentially one of the top romantic hotspots in the capital, considering that even bumbling shopkeepers can pick up world-famous movie stars in bookshops there.

Head over and you’ll probably experience a similarly overwhelming amount of romantic attention…which is why you’ll be needing all of these date ideas in Notting Hill to deal with it all.

Good luck.

1. GO ON AN ANTIQUES CRAWL DOWN PORTOBELLO ROAD

portobello market

Buy each other trinkets that you’ll never use again.

Details: Fridays & Saturdays (main day) Portobello Road, W10 5TY Free entry

2. THEN HIT THE QUIETER GOLBORNE ROAD

golborne deli

And stop off for brunch at Golborne Deli.

Details: Market days Friday & Saturday Golborne Road, London W10 5NR

3. SHOP FOR VINYL AT HONEST JON’S LEGENDARY RECORD STORE

honest jons

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Which means you should probably hunt for a turntable too.

Details: Open daily | 278 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TE

4. SCOFF MICHELIN STAR LEVEL STREET FOOD

portobello schoolyard

And sip cocktails in a leafy schoolyard.

Details: Saturdays 10am-4pm Vicente Cañada Blanch School, 317-318 Portobello Road, London W10 5SZ

5. ENJOY SOME ECLECTIC ENTERTAINMENT IN A CRUMBLING THEATRE

coronet theatre notting hill

Watch Korean contemporary dance troupes, spoken word poets and theatrical premieres, then discuss over wine in their rug-strewn, candlelit bar.

Details: Check site for listings | The Coronet Theatre, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3LB

6. TAKE A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE AT THE MUSEUM OF BRANDS, PACKAGING AND ADVERTISING

museum of brands

Although if they recognise stuff from the 40s, it’s possible they lied about their age on their dating profile.

Details: Open daily Museum of Brands, 111-117 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, London W11 1QT £9

7. WATCH A MOVIE AT THE GATE CINEMA

gate picturehouse

Try and keep your eyes off the ornately stuccoed ceilings.

Details: Screenings daily (half price on Mondays) | The Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3JZ

8. STOCK UP ON ORGANIC AT NOTTING HILL FARMERS’ MARKET

notting hill farmers market

And plan your future smallholding together.

Details: Saturdays 9am-1pm Car park behind Waterstones, Kensington Church Street, London W11 3LQ

9. THEN LEARN WHAT TO DO WITH IT ALL AT BOOKS FOR COOKS

books for cooks

But first, see how they do it and have lunch at one of the café tables hidden amongst the shelves at the back.

Details: Lunch Tues-Fri, 12-1pm Books for Cooks, 4 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN £7

10. WANDER AROUND THE KYOTO GARDEN IN HOLLAND PARK

Kyoto garden sunny day london

And let the love blossom.

Details: Open daily | Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, Holland Park Ave, Kensington, W11 4UA

11. THEN DISCOVER THE ART OF DATING AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM

Currently hosting this very interactive ASMR exhibition.

Details: Open daily Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG £10.50-12, book here

12. GO ROCK CLIMBING AT WESTWAY CLIMBING

In the name of health and safety, make sure you hook up.

Details: Open daily | Westway Sports & Fitness Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, London W10 6RP£9.50-12.50

13. GET A SOFA AT THE ELECTRIC CINEMA

electric cinema portobello

Order Old Fashioneds, and break the decency laws when the lights go down.

Details: Screenings daily 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ED Book tickets

14. GO FOR APÉRITIFS AT BUVETTE

buvette notting hill

And the chocolate mousse, should the feeling suddenly take you.

Details: Open daily | 9 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, W11 2EEBook here

15. BLEND YOUR OWN GIN AT THE GINSTITUTE

distillery ginstitute

And quickly consume for Dutch courage.

Details: Sessions Thursday – Sunday The Distillery, 186 Portobello Road, W11 1LA£120pp, book here

16. SKATE, DINE AND BOWL AT QUEEN’S SKATE, DINE, BOWL

activity bars london skating

Then – curveball! – do a little karaoke, too.

Details: Open daily Queens: Skate, Dine, Bowl, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP Book here

17. ICE YOUR OWN BISCUITS AT BISCUITEERS

Biscuiteers afternoon tea London

And cover them with inappropriate messages detailing what you’d like to do afterwards.

Details: Thursday evenings throughout summer | Biscuiteers, 194 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ES | £70, book here

18. EXPLORE THE CATACOMBS IN A VICTORIAN CEMETERY

kensal green cemetery

Maybe more of a third date thing.

Details: Open daily Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, London W10 4RAFree

19. GO ON A MEWS CRAWL

And see who can photobomb the most influencers.

20. VISIT THE TRAVEL SECTION OF NOTTING HILL BOOKSHOP

Notting Hill bookshop delivery

Discuss the merits of books on Turkey, and plan a holiday.

Details: Open daily | 13 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 2EE

 


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