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Notting Hill is famous for its annual Carnival over August Bank Holiday weekend and the crowded Portobello Road market. A certain film with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts also did the area’s reputation no harm. www.thehill.co.uk/shopping.htm

Tube: Notting Hill Gate

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Temple Gallery

Richard Temple founded this gallery in 1959 to study, restore and exhibit ancient icons and sacred art. He has helped several major museums acquire icons, including the British Museum, the Louvre and the Museum of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Moscow.
6 Clarendon Cross W11
Tel: 020 7727 3809 
/www.templegallery.com

Fara

The amazing window displays here mark this charity shop out from the norm. There is an eclectic mix of clothes and other odds and ends, while the fitting room walls are covered in slogans and thought-provoking sayings. The enthusiasm staff provide service to match.

10 Elgin Crescent, W11
Tel: 020 7243 6381
Tube: Ladbroke Grove

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Portobello Market

Becoming a victim of its own fame, packed with camera-toting visitors, this is still an exciting place to chase a bargain in antiques, new and second-hand goods, as well as fashion. It gets going at 10am and winds down about 4pm daily (Thursdays 1pm, closed Sundays).

Portobello Road W11
www.portobellomarket.org

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The Travel Bookshop

Famous as the inspiration for Hugh Grant’s bookshop in the film Notting Hill (though the actual shop used in the film is now a shoe shop at 142 Portobello Road). Selling travel books, as its name implies, it also hosts several author events every month.

13-15 Blenheim Crescent W11
Tel: 020 7229 5260
www.thetravelbookshop.com

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Trellick Tower

This 31-storey concrete tower by Hungarian architect Erno Goldfinger was built in 1972. His modernist work was so unpopular, he gave his name to the James Bond villain – and film. With some of the best views in London, it has lately become a fashionable address, and most of the former council-owned flats are now in private hands.

Golborne Road W11

Notting Hill Farmers Market

Every Saturday, from 9am to 1pm, this hidden market is one of London’s largest farmers’ markets. Strict rules guarantee that everything is sold by the farmer who grew it and there is plenty of organic produce on sale and a lovely atmosphere.

off Kensington Place W8
www.lfm.org.uk/nott.asp

Osteria Basilico ££

Great atmosphere and good food makes this a popular local restaurant – the sort of place that put Notting Hill on the map. It offers a full range of Italian cuisine and wine – and waiters – and the pizza is just as good as everything else on the menu.

29 Kensington Park Rd W11
Tel: +44 (0)20 7727 9372
www.osteriabasilico.co.uk

Portobello Pizzeria    ££

Impossibly romantic looking at night, this pizzeria serves up pizza by the metre (call it  a yard) in true Sorrento style. That means thin base, hot, fresh ingredients – simple food that has to be done well to work. It works here and no surprise the  locals love it.

7 Ladbroke Road W11
Tel: +44 (0)20 7221 1373
www.portobellolondon.co.uk

Mulberry Street ££

Named after the main street in New York’s Little Italy, this pizzeria shouts ‘Big Apple’ at you, from the ‘Walk, Don’t Walk’ sign at the door to the very large portions. Packed with Americans homesick for ‘proper’ pizza, others might find the taste a bit bland.

84 Westbourne Grove W2
Tel: +44 (0)20 7313 6789
www.mulberrystreet.co.uk