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The Best Bars in Notting Hill

Turns out “you’re barred” is not, in fact, a term of high praise for someone who has valiantly spent all evening assessing the best bars to visit in a particular area, no matter how long you debate it with the doorman. We found this out the hard way. But now you don’t have to…

The Distillery

Distillery London gin bars

The ultimate modern-day gin palace, The Distillery is a four-story bonanza dedicated to Mother’s Ruin (and a little bit to whisky), with 3 bars and over 200 types of gin, as well as The Ginstitute – where you can learn to blend your own gin if none of those are quite up to scratch.
Details: The Distillery, 186 Portobello Road, W11 1LA

The Churchill Arms

‘If you’re going through hell, keep going…’

…or just head to The Churchill arms for a pint of real ale and let your problems wash away in one of London’s most famous watering holes, a favourite of Churchill’s grandparents back in the day. What’s more, it was the very first pub in London with a Thai restaurant, and is now garlanded with so many hanging shrubs and flowers that it may well be the prettiest of its kind, too.

Details: 119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN

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The pursuit of happiness can be a long and winding road. Luckily for you, we know a shortcut. And it leads to a hidden little tiki den on Portobello Road.

The intimate basement lounge bar is wall to floor kitsch with dodgy decor and a 60’s playlist that will have your foot tapping, even if you don’t want it to. Expect tiki twists on classic cocktails like their Trailer Colada mixing rum, coconut tequila, and pineapple roasted in molasses.
Details: 177 Portobello Road, W11 2DY

Notting Hill Arts Club

notting hill arts club

Notting Hill Arts Club has a habit of launching things. Mainly careers (Lily Allen and La Roux can attest to that), but also in the form of your night from mediocre to marvellous.

Blank walls are lit up by arty projections, providing the backdrop for live bands, DJs and other music nights with everything from reggae, to house, to punk, to indie, to everything in between. Drown cocktails and bottled beers from the circular basement bar, and mingle with trendy creative types.
Details: 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ

Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanket babylon bar

Beach Blanket Babylon has occupied an old Georgian Mansion in the heart of Notting Hill since 1990. Within its walls are more gold statues, candelabra and lavish chinaware than you can shake an ornately carved stick at.

Which is great if you’re after your Rococo fix, but also if you want eclectic handcrafted cocktails (like their famous Pornstar Martini with vanilla vodka, passion fruit puree and vanilla sugar). It’s become a glamorous institution of the London restaurant, bar and club scene. And it’s still going strong after 25 years.

Well, if it ain’t baroque…
Details: 45 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA

The Pelican

When it’s bucketing down outside, there’s only one place to take shelter: this recently revamped, plaster-walled, utterly beautiful neighbourhood pub. There’s a stellar drinks list, with ales served in dimple mugs, some fantastic wines and well-crafted classic cocktails, and if you get peckish they serve some of the best food in Notting Hill, too.

Details: 45 All Saints Road, London, W11 1HE


buvette notting hill

Buvette is a French restaurant named after little drinking holes across the channel. Open all day, it’s the epitome of Parisian café culture, and its location – tucked away on a quiet side street of Portobello Road – makes it the perfect escape route when the main drag gets too busy and you fancy a pitch-perfect apéritif. The trio of shandies (beer with picon, lemonade or grenadine) are a good lunchtime refresher, but they also do a strong line in negronis, martinis, old-school classics like the Penicillin, and in winter, vin brûlé.

Details: 9 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 2EE

The Mitre

the mitre notting hill pub

Because you can never have too many nice boozers on one list. Especially if that list is specifically about the best bars in Notting Hill.
Details: 40 Holland Park Avenue, W11 3QY


Last Updated: 13th June 2022

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