In addition to candy-coloured homes and leafy streets, Notting Hill boasts a wonderful assortment of places to imbibe. Should you find yourself in the picturesque neighbourhood wanting an adult beverage, try one of these haunts.
95-97 Portobello Road, London W11 2QB
With a natural wine list and carefully curated seasonal cocktail menu, the first-floor bar at this local restaurant has established itself as a prime place to stop in for a drink. Enter through the dramatic mural on the front of the building to dark and stylish interiors, the perfect environs for a drink later in the evening—unlike many places in the area, Gold is open until 12.30 or 1am every night.
Try the House On Fire, a fiery interpretation of a margarita using mezcal and habanero syrup. And if you’re teetotal, there are options too, such as Fresh Activated Charcoal Lemonade and an Organic Kefir & Peppermint Fizz.
Electric Diner & Electric House
191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
This American-style diner serves classics until late seven days a week. The long bar, with a windowed front area, is an excellent place to people watch whilst enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine. The upstairs member’s only club from Soho House, Electric House, is cosy with two bars. Serving signature House Tonics, the dimly lit interiors are ideal for enjoying a drink—or two.
If you aren’t a member and find yourself in the Diner, in warmer weather, opt for an outdoor table. The location in the middle of Portobello’s busiest area means you’ll have a prime spot in the centre of the action while you enjoy your drink.
135 Portland Road, London W11 4LW
Lavishly decorated in gold, marble, and antique brass, the local’s favourite Champagne Bar at Julie’s is newly reopened. Now serving a cocktail menu alongside their extensive wine and champagne list, every guest can find something they fancy to enjoy on the sumptuous black leather banquettes.
Try a bottle of Château D’arcole Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Biologic, Bordeaux, France, 2015, a hearty organic red, or opt for one of the perfectly crafted cocktails, such as the Gone In Guyana which will instantly transport you to warmer climes. Should you be hungry, nibble on a starter from Chef Patron Shay Cooper’s modern British menu.
10 Golborne Road, London W10 5PE
A new member’s only club in support of emerging musicians and creative, Laylow is a chic place to have a drink if you’re a member (or friend of a member). The comfortable living-room esque decor beckons you to settle in and stay for a while. It is the ideal place to while away a few hours, then eat something, and eventually end up at a performance in the lower level music space.
If you aren’t a member, you can still visit—the ground floor restaurant is open to the public if you’d like to eat and drink—the brunch, in particular, is excellent.
186 Portobello Road, London W11 1LA
More than a working distillery, this unique Portobello-stalwart features a ‘Ginstitute’ where patrons can taste and blend their own gin, various bar spaces, private dining areas, and even three rooms for lodging. They carry 100 gins from around the world and have paired each with complementary mixers and garnishes to allow the unique character of each flourish.
Outdoor tables along Portobello are ideal for summertime drinking al fresco. Should you wish to deviate from the classic G&T, try Paddington Bear’s Marmalade Sandwich, which mixes their Distillery Celebrated Butter Gin (a unique gin redistilled with salted English butter) with marmalade, egg whites, Aperol, and ‘toast dust.’ A food menu is on offer as well.
6 Chepstow Road, London W2 5BH
Perhaps not what you’re envisioning when you think of ‘having a drink,’ Redemption Bar is entirely alcohol-free. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have an excellent ‘mocktail’ list—they’ve even published a book detailing the benefits of their numerous alcohol-free cocktails.
Alongside the vegan (and mostly raw) menu, the cocktail list features alcohol-free wine and beer alongside ‘virgin’ iterations of favourite cocktails. Try the Pious Pina Colada, which combines fresh pineapple with probiotic-boosted coconut yoghurt, or the Three Spirits Espresso Martini, which marries cold-pressed beetroot juice with espresso for a concoction that very well may be better than the real thing.
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