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Resturants and hidden sites in Notting Hill

I will be staying at Vancouver Studios in Notting Hill in June. Looking for any suggestions for favourite places to grab a meal or snack. I am travelling solo so not looking for somewhere to linger over dinner, possibly even a take away. Any favourite Bakeries would be great as well. As well any hidden favourite sites in the area. I have been to London before so aware of the major sites but lesser knowen ones would be great. A friend suggestion the Design Museum which I have not been to in my previous trips.

Thanks Wendy

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We stayed at Vancouver Studios in October. Two restaurants we ate at that may fit your criteria are Bella Italia, an Italian restaurant chain, and a pub, the King’s Head. We had a kitchen in our apartment so we made dinner a few nights in house. We picked up some yummy baked goods from Granier Bakery while on our way to the tube station.

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You’ll like Vancouver Studios. Was my go to place for a number of years. No elevator if that’s important to you.

If you walk about a block and a 1/2 the Kings Head Pub has good food.

On Queensway you’ll find cafes, shops, restaurants. Imagine a few bakeries as well.

Popular bakery chains are Gail’s and Paul’s.

You’ll be close to Kensington Palace and the Round Pond. Nice place to sit on a bench and people watch. 15 minute walk from Vancouver Studios.

On Kensington Palace Gardens road you’ll find a number of embassies. Old world mansions. If you walk it you’ll wind up at Kensington High Street.

Kyoto Gardens is a 25 minute walk.

Holland Park is close to the Design Museum and the wonderful Leighton House Museum. The later is not often on a tourist’s radar.

Enjoy your trip.

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Thank you for the suggestions I have added Leighton House Museum to my list of museums to see. I will be taking advantage of the kitchen at the hotel to cook some dinners but the suggestions for resturants and the bakery look great.

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It's a lot closer to the Ladbroke Grove Underground Station than to Notting Hill (convenient if you're going to the Portobello Road market), but I enjoyed Fez Mangal when I stayed in the area in 2018. It's a casual, reasonably priced Turkish place with more on the menu than the same stuff you find at other Turkish spots. It does a good carry-out business, too, but it's probably too far from your lodgings to be practical for carrying out hot food.

There are quite a few restaurants stretching along Notting Hill Gate near the Underground Station, a lot of them being chains. There's also a convenient Tesco Express about one block west of the station.

I, too, recommend the Leighton House and the nearby Design Museum. The latter is free/donation requested, but there will be a fee for entry to its special exhibitions. I see that it's now open till 9 PM on Friday.

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Japan House London
020 3972 7100

Japan house has a great programme curating Japanese culture especially intangible cultural heritage to the British audience. They have some evening talks sometimes.

ONE ZO Bubble Tea
020 7229 6699

A bubble tea brand from Taiwan. A lot of unique drinks and bites.

Eat Tokyo (Notting Hill Gate)
020 7792 9313

Not top notch but it is generous in portions.

Lisboa Patisserie
020 8968 5242

There is always a queue. The settings seem quite Portuguese as well.

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Gail's Bakery and Ottolenghi are in Notting Hill. Probably 10-15 minute walk from your lodging.

For places to visit: Leighton House and Little Venice.

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Books for Cooks is a bookstore in Notting Hill, but they have a test kitchen/cafe in the back, and at lunchtime they choose a cookbook and serve recipes from it.

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So many amazing suggestions thank you very much. I have made notes of many and put Leighton House onto my list of places to see. I have just over a month in London with two two night trips to Bath and York. Excited to see many of the lesser knowen sites that don't make most tourist guides top ten (will be doing many of these but most will be a repeat visit from my previous trips)

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Across from the Russian Embassy (NW corner of Hyde Park) is The Champion pub and, from what I have read, was frequented by Freddie Mercury and where he wrote We Are The Champions ... it's my dinner stop after visiting Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and walking around the park ... then heading to Bandiani Gelato afterwards.

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Stayed in Notting Hill in 2017 for a week so had a chance to try several spots. A few favorites: Saporitalia had excellent pizza, great staff. Duke of Wellington was fine for a beer, but we also went there for an affordable and tasty afternoon tea. No idea if they still offer that.

The Electric Cinema was worth at least a pop in and I wish I'd taken the time to see a film there. Talk about civilized! No theaters like that I've seen in California. And next door was the Electric Diner. We ate there multiple times, was very good.
Those places are all on Portobello Road.
I'll also echo comment re The Champion. We ate there twice in 2017 and I returned last fall. Wow the steak and ale pie was one of the best I've had. I also recall quite a nice bloody Mary. And the nearby embassies made an interesting route to Kensington Palace..

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Just got back from staying there.

Would recommend:
La Coccotte
granger and co

And triple super extra recommend Leighton House.