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Portobello Road – Notting Hill

‘You’ll find what you want in the Portobello Road!’

So last weekend we ventured to North London to visit Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill – the place most people associate with the 1999 romantic comedy ‘Notting Hill’ film starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

Portobello Road is located in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and is situated just a few minutes walk Ladbroke Grove station or Nottinghill Gate.

A place also famous for it’s Carnival – http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/.

We visited the lovely market stalls along the Portobello Road – stopping to look at things such as cashmere scarves , antique paraphernalia, old worn books with so much history to them, an unique hand crafted jewellery.

Portobello Road sign

There really is something for everyone on Portobello Road!

We stopped off for a quick drink in the ‘Duke of Wellington’ which had a lovely lively atmosphere, probably due to it being extremely busy because of the rain that had descended upon the market goers of Portobello Road!

Once the rain had cleared we made our way outside and further down Portobello Road until we came to Pizza East.

This is now one of my favourite places to eat in London – the decor is lovely and earthy with a large open pizza oven making the room lovely and warm and the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly. Our waiter (an Aussie gentleman) was amazingly helpful, friendly and a real credit to this place!

The food is also amazing – we ordered a pizza topped with Roast Pork and crackling and what more can I say! Delicious!

I recommend this place for a great night either chilling with friends or on a date as the ambience is great and food and staff also top notch.

You can book a table online and view the menu here.

Borough Market – London!

Hungry? Head to Borough Market!

Last weekend I took a lovely trip to London’s Borough Market. I was very excited to be visiting because since moving to London this is somewhere I have always been meaning to visit!

I got there around 12pm and it was super busy but the atmosphere was great and the hustle and bustle was really enjoyable rather than off putting.

I visited many of the stands, all with great selection of choice. The choices included stands for fresh cakes, pastries, cheeses, meats, truffles, oils and much much more.

The fresh street food section is also a must! I sampled falafel and then fresh lamb burgers! Both expertly cooked and thoroughly enjoyed.

I left Borough Market with many treats in my shopping bags including some gorgeous brie, truffle butter, muffins and two beautiful cakes. If you do visit I would make sure to carry plenty of cash / change on you to pay for any goodies that you come across.

I would personally recommend going early if you want to avoid the crowds and then once you are all shopped out there are plenty of places nearby you can stop for a drink afterwards! Borough Market though is a must visit for any Londoner or visitor to the area!

Borough Market is now open 6 days a week and you can plan your journey before hand by taking a look at their website to see which stands you would like to visit 🙂

St Christopher’s Place – London’s Hidden Gem!

Peckish whilst shopping? Visit St Christopher’s Place!

Thinking of heading down to Bond Street this weekend for some Christmas shopping? Well if so let me recommend a great place to stop for some pre or post shopping lunch / dinner : St Christopher’s Place.

Last weekend we visited Carluccios in St Christopher’s Place.

If you are not familiar with St Christopher’s Place, this could be because it is a little hidden gem, tucked in behind Bond Street off the main road!

St Christopher’s place is a gorgeous Al Fresco eating area perfect for hungry shoppers! However don’t let the Al Fresco side of dining put you off as there is plenty of room inside the restaurants or tucked under lovely patio warmers!

Now the festive season is upon us St Christopher’s Place is beautifully decorated and if you stop to take a look above the entrance (a small alleyway off Bond Street!) you will spot a beautiful glistening Angel.

We stopped in Carluccios out of all the other restaurants simply because of the gorgeous window display! (We even took home a beautifully boxed panettone!)

We dined on the ‘Menu Fisso’ – the fixed price menu. We chose 2 courses for ÂŁ10.95 which for central London dining is a bit of a bargain.

The atmosphere was great, the staff were really friendly and the food was simply amazing! We were in Italian heaven! I can recommend both the ‘Penne Alla Luganica’ and the ‘Milanese Di Pollo’.

We decided to split some Gelato for dessert and this was beautiful and full of flavour.

We finished with after dinner coffees and left with our tummy’s full and our shopping bags piled even higher after stopping to look at their festive section.

To take a look at the menu available please click here.

If Italian isn’t for you however there are plenty of other places in St Christopher’s Place that might take your fancy too 🙂

To find this amazing London hidden gem take a look at their ‘visit’ page on the website!

 

St Christopher's Place
St Christopher’s Place