Notting Hill Shops
36 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill
Long kimono robes, cute little pajama sets, and supima cotton underwear and bras exist for days at this shop. There are flashes of lace and really flattering cuts, which means that while the offerings are simple, they're still sexy.
Books for Cooks
4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill
A London foodie hub, this store is crammed with cookbooks, food writing, books on nutrition, fiction and more. New releases and classic tomes are mixed together by this store's knowledgeable staff. The shop has its own test kitchen, where you can sample many of the recipes the Books for Cooks staff is excited to try. Don't miss their themed workshop meals in the demonstration kitchen upstairs, where you'll learn how to make global cuisines from a group of experts in different foodie fields.
Couverture and the Garbstore
188 Kensington Park Rd., Notting Hill
Run by husband-and-wife team Ian Paley and Emily Dyson, this multi-level space is stocked with independent designers from all over the globe. While the women's section is home to plenty of international names which are hard to find elsewhere (along with a strong NYC contingent like Rachel Comey and Steven Alan), it's the meticulously edited kids selection—Morley tees, Oeuf toys—that's earned the shop praise from locals and visitors alike.
52 Lonsdale Rd., Notting Hill
Affordable jewelry by lesser-known designers is nearly impossible to find in London, which makes Hall, a hole-in-the-wall shop tucked away behind Westbourne Grove, so special. Here, owner and designer Min Lee gathers her favorite designers and displays them along with her own designs. You'll find Annette Ferdinandsen's organic, insect-inspired pieces next to Ilana Ariel's more angular designs, along with Min's own collection of fashion jewelry—everything from simple bangles to gemstone earrings and cuffs, to signature wave rings, and more. Look for Min at the shop for inspiration on how to put it all together—she truly is the master of layering jewelry, high and low.
Harper & Tom’s
73 Clarendon Rd., Notting Hill
The flower kiosk on Elgin Crescent is a Notting Hill icon, part of a floristry business that's now 25-years-old and still going strong. Lush, colorful, and seasonal bunches—inspired by the English countryside—are what's on offer at this legendary spot, which is why they've been endlessly replicated across the city. Harper & Tom's offer flower delivery subscriptions—they'll come and arrange all the vases in your house—along with gardening contracts in a similar, countrified vein.
19 Kensington Park Rd., Notting Hill
Owner Sophie Merchant was, until recently, a well-kept industry secret, helping designers (of brands we couldn’t possibly out) build their vintage archives for runway inspiration. In 2007, she took her skills in-house and opened her own, appropiately named Merchant Archive. At the store in Notting Hill, you'll find her immaculate vintage trove from Chlo to Ossie Clark and more, along with her vintage-inspired line and picks from brands like Paper London, Robert Clergerie and Preen. She has some exquisite finds for wedding shoppers as well.
Native & Co.
116 Kensington Park Rd., Notting Hill
Form and function is the resounding thesis at Sharon Jo-Yun Hung and Chris Yoshiro Green's shop of Japanese and Taiwanese discoveries, from the most beautiful brooms and simple, graphic tenugui cloths, to super-useful and elegant porcelain ceramics from Akira, to those gorgeous copper tea canisters, to the most fundamentally perfect stationery. Everything in the shop adheres to a subtle palette of brown and greige and comes together picture-perfectly, so beyond the objects, the shop is an aesthetic experience in and of itself.
206 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
This Notting Hill shop started selling traditional tailored swim trunks for men and women, though the brand quickly expanded to include more colorful and extremely well-made basics. They also have an outpost in the Hamptons.
Talbot Rd., Notting Hill
It's all about bright colors and all things British-made here. Favorites are the selection of vintage globes, satchels, enamelware, and classic old-school bus paraphernalia.
Portobello Road Market
Portobello Rd., Notting Hill
Here, a seemingly endless row of stalls are packed with everything from antiques, to china, books, furniture, and vintage clothes in addition to a section where you can buy beautiful fresh produce and delicious prepared food. It gets busy on weekends, but squeezing through the crowds on this adorable old street is an essential London experience.
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