What comes to your mind when you think of Notting Hill? A hang out for the rich and famous. Home for excessively rich bankers. Setting of a very popular 90’s film. Portobello Road Market and The Notting Hill Carnival. Perhaps these are all phrases that would spring to your mind about this uber trendy area? But to me I think of my place of work and my lunch break hang out. That is because I work in this lovely area of London. I have spent many a happy hour exploring The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Here I will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the best shops and boutiques to fulfil any parents shopping appetite. The nearest tube station is Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Road is just a short 10 minute walk away.
My first stop has to be London Tree House, at 146 Portobello Road, W11 2DZ. A Children’s gift shop which specialises in traditional British characters, such as Paddington Bear amd Peter Rabbit to name but a few.
One of my great finds when I was in there recently was a hair accessories range by BowtiqueLondon. They make really cute handmade hair clips in a range of designs. My Daughter Amelia Loves wearing them in her ponytail!
You won’t want to miss my next find, just down Blenheim Crescent is Honeyjam Toy Shop, it is simply one of the most beautiful and original Toy Shops I have been to. The owners Jasmine Guinness and Honey Bowdery have made their shop into a real Aladdin’s cave of toys, games, art, activities and kids fashion. I especially love the pocket money table, where your child could choose something that doesn’t cost a small fortune.
I brought my Daughter a lovely cat necklace by Pop Cutie. This is a brand made in Denmark and it went down a treat with Amelia who is a big fan of cats and any sort of jewellery that she can squirrel away in one of her treasure boxes!
Next on my list is Pylones at 172 Portabella Road. It is a French based company, which sells every day items in quirky brightly coloured designs. It appears to have a Japanese influence. Perfect for a quirky adult gift too.
A lovely boutique shop at 88 Portobello Road. The owner also a gift shop in Hampstead at 31 South End Road, NW3 2PY. The vintage inspired kids children’s night wear really got my attention it is by Powell Craft.
Next head down to the well healed area of Westbourne Grove and you will find Fara Kids Charity Shop . I have been going here for a number of years now, because I know this is the place to find excellent quality second hand bargins. If you are lucky you might find some designer labels and most likely brands such as Mini Boden, Joules and Little White Company to name but a few!
Some other shops you might like to go to in the Westbourne Grove area:
Finally why not relax and take the weight off your feet after all that shopping, at one of my favorite Artisan Bakeries Gail’s, they are at 138 Portobello Road, W11 2DZ (they also have other branches throughout London). I would highly recommend their chicken and parmesan brioche roll and they make great coffee too.
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