One of the fun things about being an Airbnb guest is the opportunity to have a fantasy local life during your stay. If you’re near bustling Portobello Road, the commercial heart of Notting Hill, here is the ultimate guide to shopping in the neighborhood. You will feel positively native… without breaking your travel budget. Continue reading “AirBnb guest guide to Portobello Road: 5 essential shops”
2017 was a banner year for my travel. Some destinations were carefully planned but others were just serendipitous, popping up out of the blue. Either way, believe me, the travel gods cranked it out on my behalf. During this remarkable stretch of travel and exploration, the trips were chronicled in this space. And now, as the year winds to a close, here are my 5 favorite destinations for 2017. I hope you’ll find some ideas and inspiration for your 2018 travel plans.
It’s at The Distillery, on Portobello Road in trendy Notting Hill. Hands down best. Not the kind of gin and tonic with the anemic slice of lime that you you find at summer cocktail parties. Oh no, not here.
Here, gin is an art form with over a hundred brands on hand from around the world and a dozen or so different tonic waters and curated garnishes paired to enhance its flavor and aroma.
My ‘gin-perience’ began at The Distillery’s unique gin bar, Gintonica….
A few months ago, 3 Score recommended five Notting Hill ‘must’ destinations and a recent visit affirmed their places on the list. Re-visiting a place brings it into sharper focus; it’s a chance to drill down and experience the neighborhood at close range. And drill down I did, spending about three weeks, so the least I can do is share discoveries along Notting Hill’s All Saints Road.
So with a nod to my earlier post, here are a few stops to add to your Notting Hill itinerary ….all mapped out.
The reasons to visit London’s Notting Hill are many and varied. Elegant ivory-faced residential crescents and squares border equally affluent Kensington and Holland Park. The Portobello Market’s funky bargain-hunting and the carnival atmosphere every weekend. The global village feel of Golborne Road. People-watching is an art form given the eclectic mix of characters. Notting Hill is probably best experienced by becoming embedded during a short (or long) stay and not dropping in or heading for a destination restaurant. . More on that further down……