If it’s your first time visiting Notting Hill, you’ll be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed with what to do first.

Notting Hill is synonymous with vintage shopping, lush greenery and celebrities. However, this area of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has a thriving art and music scene, a wonderful tight-knit community and plenty of opportunities for family fun.

There are so many things to do in Notting Hill for first timers, and here are a few great places to get you started!

What to Do in Notting Hill

Portobello Market

The market is a must-do in Notting Hill for first timers.

From street performers to excellent shopping, including amazing antiques, bric-a-brac, and awesome vintage finds, to marvelous food, it’s no wonder this market is famous the world over!

Marvel at the colours that surround and make up the market, and fully immerse yourself in the eccentricity, weird and wonderful of it all.

Website: portobelloroad.co.uk

Bay Sixty 6

For the sporty member of the family, Bay Sixty skatepark is the place to skate. The famous skatepark, which has been featured in music videos, movies and skate documentaries, and is the home of many competitions, including the Nike SB competition event, is a great place to stretch your skating muscles. There are also kid and adult skate camps available for those who want to pick up the spot or get back on the grind!

There’s everything from the traditional half-pipe, to ramps of different sizes, for different abilities. And there’s also a skate shop on site, so you can take a look at some of the most amazing artwork to grace a skateboard.

Website: baysixty6.com

Pembridge Road

Just off the bustling main street of Notting Hill, sits this famous wonderful little haven aligned with vintage shopping, art galleries and quaint cafes.

A must see for anyone visiting the area, and one that sits on all lists for things to do in Notting Hill for first timers. And rightly so. It’s home to unconventional art, great food, shopping and has a great atmosphere.

Plus, it’s great for a little celeb spotting!

Notting Hill Carnival – family/children’s day

It would be a shame to visit Notting Hill for the first time and not enjoy the brilliant sights and sounds of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Every summer, the streets of Ladbroke Grove, Portobello and Westbourne Park sound out wonderful Afro-Caribbean tunes and vibes. From steel band parades, to soca dancers and amazing music floats showcasing the colour and beauty of Afro-Caribbean culture within London, it’s a treat for all the family!

What’s more, you’ll get many chances to tuck into the amazing dishes on offer. Enjoy some traditional Jamaican patty or some West African Jollof rice. Truly one of the best things to do in Notting Hill for first timers.

Website: thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com

Museum of Brands

Through the doors of this top Notting Hill attraction you’ll find an amazing collection of historical branded goods. It truly is a step back in time!

Marvel at the old brands you used to enjoy as a kid, or learn about the inspiring history behind certain brands and advertising during WWII.

The Museum’s displays date back to the 1800’s, and feature fashion, cosmetics, food and advertising artwork. It’s a wonderful trip down memory lane and a wonderful trip for all the family.

Website: museumofbrands.com

Communal Gardens

The colours, the scents and the feeling of escapism make the communal garden of Notting Hill a must-see. Sixteen beautiful gardens, tended to and loved by the Ladbroke Association fill the area with amazing colour.

In spring, watch the gardens come alive as nature makes way for the glorious wildlife that inhabit the gardens. In summer, take full advantage of the grounds and enjoy a picnic. In the cooler months, the gardens are a fairy tale of autumn hues and wintry tones.

Website: ladbrokeassociation.info

Colourful Home Spotting

A favourite with first-timers to Notting Hill, the fun residential properties along Portobello Road, Elgin Crescent and Westbourne Park Road offer a wonderful treat of colour. These streets are aligned with some of the prettiest and funkiest buildings around, not to mention the beautiful blossom trees that make an appearance along these streets during spring.

Great for photography enthusiasts, and Instagram!

George’s Portobello Fish Bar

This fish bar is something of a celebrity within the Notting Hill community. A favourite with kids and families (and celebrity locals!), it is a long time resident of the Portobello Road dining sect.

George’s is often busy but always the best place to grab yourself some good old fish and chips, or a range of other delicious fish dishes. Service is fast and delivered with a smile, and has a very welcoming family feel to it.

Address: 329 Portobello Road, W10 5SA

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