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13 best pubs and bars in Notting Hill, London

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Normally known for its colourful markets and mews, Notting Hill in west London also has a number of nice neighbourhood pubs, music bars and historic, hoppy hangouts.

From classic British boozers and bars to fusion gastropubs, a peruse along Portobello Road before having a pint in a Victorian ‘boozer’ is a west London right of passage. Some of London’s best and most beautiful pubs such as The Elgin and Earl of Lonsdale can be found in the heart of Notting Hill so here is our guide to the best pubs and bars in Notting Hill, west London.

Best pubs and bars in Notting Hill map

Best pubs and bars in Notting Hill

1. The Cock and Bottle

The Cock and Bottle is a cracker of a bar tucked away in the back streets of Notting Hill , just off Westbourne Grove. We loved everything about our visit to the Cock and Bottle from the warm welcome from the bar staff to the old school interior, complete with bunting and the ‘grandad corner’ (their words) bedecked with old photos and vintage signs.

Cock & Bottle pub in Notting Hill London

The Cock and Bottle in Notting Hill feels so unashamedly old-fashioned and in our opinion all the better for it. We could imagine a Saturday night ‘knees-up’ (party) here and we also liked how the bar staff knew all the locals on first name terms (including the dogs!).

We stayed for a couple of drinks, a mixture of local breweries like Portobello Brewing as well as the usual mainstream beers like Amstel, and just enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere in the bar, red walls and all.

Address: 17 Needham Road, London W11 2RP

Cock & Bottle pub in Notting Hill London

2. The Eagle

An upmarket west London gastropub from the Hippo Inns team, the first thing you see as you enter this slick pub is the eponymous eagle located on the right hand side of the plush pub bar (a remnant of its days as a former Trumans Brewery pub).

The Eagle pub in Notting Hill London

With an emphasis on good quality food including steak nights, seasonal menus and sunday roasts, we like how the Eagle effortlessly combines culinary endeavours with a crowd pleasing beer roster and bar set-up.

We visited the Eagle one weekday lunch-time and it was glorious to hear the locals reminiscing with the bar staff or drinking old school ales around the cosy fireplace. A lovely pub, the Eagle soars high and is one of Notting Hill’s best bars by far.

Address: 250 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5LP

The Eagle pub in Notting Hill London

3. The Elgin

As the guy sat next to us in the sidebar told us over his lunch, Notting Hill’s The Elgin is one is one of the two oldest bars in Notting Hill ar over 150 years old (the other being the KPH just across the other side of Ladbroke Grove) – proving that not only is the Elgin an old school Victorian boozer but very friendly too.

The Elgin bar pub in Notting Hill London

The Elgin has sumptuous interiors inside and is a listed building; seriously, the Elgin is the best looking pub we’ve been to in Notting Hill. We particularly like the El Gin sidebar (see what they did there with the name) with its sparkling partitions, tiled walls and well stocked wooden bar.

The Elgin is a Young’s pub, however we didn’t actually try the food (we just had pints of Camden Hells and Beavertown) but it was a popular dining spot and most diners were eating.

Address: 96 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 1PY

The Elgin bar pub in Notting Hill London

4. The Duke Of Wellington

Located in the heart of Notting Hill along Portobello Road, we like The Duke of Wellington as a place to people watch both inside and out. With lush wood-panelled interiors and a gorgeous bar as a centrepiece that eager drinkers can pull up a stool at, this is a classic British bar popular with locals and tourists alike.

The Duke of Wellington pub in Notting Hill London

We were lucky enough to manage one of the two booths in the window directly overlooking Portobello Road so with our pints of Two Tribes in hand (brewed in nearby Kings Cross), we enjoyed the atmosphere and supped our pints and enjoyed Notting Hill life.

Some of the conversations we overheard in here for just AMAZING (promise we weren’t eavesdropping – the set-up just lends itself to hearing all the bar stool conversations). One of the regulars said that this was her favourite Notting Hill pub to ‘chill’ and that the sausages and mash here are amazing. Praise indeed!

Address: 179 Portobello Road, London W11 2HX

The Duke of Wellington pub in Notting Hill London

5. The KPH

Across the road from the Elgin on Ladbroke Grove, the KPH (Kensington Park Hotel) is a traditional west London pub that has undergone a serious transformation in recent years, with boutique hotel rooms upstairs and a shabby chic art deco bar interior with huge bay windows overlooking the main road.

The nearest pub to Ladbroke Grove Tube station, expect to see the likes of Beavertown, Sambrooks and nearby Portobello brewing on tap at The KPH and British pub classics and other hearty food fare.

Address: 139 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HJ

KPH pub in Notting Hill London

6. The Churchill Arms

…or as we like to call it, the most colourful pub in London. OK, it is debatable whether the Churchill Arms is actually more Kensington based than Notting Hill, but what we can tell you this is one of the most beautiful pubs in west London. The exterior is decorated thousands of flowers or hundreds of Christmas trees depending on the time of the year – and as for the tasty Thai food…

Thai restaurant at The Churchill Arms pub Notting Hill London

One of our favourite pubs in London, the Churchill Arms is a fine Fuller’s Brewery pub dating back to the 1750s deriving its name from the fact Sir Winston’s grandparents used to drink here. History aside, what also attracts drinkers in droves here is the cosy interior with old trinkets and wartime artefacts and memorabilia.

Read our dedicated guide to the Churchill Arms, its secret garden and Thai food restaurant in our dedicated blog guide here >

Address: 119 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LN

Churchill and wartime memorabilia at The Churchill Arms pub in Kensington / Notting Hill

7. The Windsor Castle

A little off the main tourist trap you’d usually associate with Notting Hill, we used to often visit The Windsor Castle when we worked in Kensington High Street, as it a cute and charming Campden Hill Road bar that has the historic panels you have to duck under to get to certain parts of the bar, similar to Earl of Lonsdale (Sam Smiths) pub down the road.

With its black and white exterior and residential setting, you’d almost be forgiven for thinking this was more of a cottage when you first approach. The Windsor Castle is a wonderful watering hole with a massive beer garden out back too.

Address: 114 Campden Hill Road, London W8 7AR

8. The Castle, Portobello Road

We’ve included The Castle on Portobello Road as whilst we didn’t have the best experience, it has potential to be a great pub given its prime location on Portobello Road and in previous times when we’ve walked past, it has been really busy (although that may just be one-off tourists).

We visited The Castle in Notting Hill on a cold, wintery weekday afternoon and this might be why we were initially the old people inside except for one lone member of staff and also why it was so damn cold in the pub (we had to keep our coats on).

The Castle Portobello Road pub in Notting Hill London

We liked the tap range at the Portobello as it has some of the more eclectic beers on tap (e.g. Tiny Rebel’s Stay Puft and Sierra Nevada) alongside traditional favourites like London Pride (and on the day we visited The Castle, a man from Fullers was testing the London Pride and said it was spot on so at least the beer is good).

The Castle is all about location, location location and we will do a revisit on our next trip to Notting Hill to see if things have improved.

Address: 225 Portobello Road, London W11 1LU

The Castle Portobello Road pub in Notting Hill London

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9. The Sun in Splendour

Or as most people call it, that bright yellow pub in Notting Hill! Whilst the jury is still out on the exterior (wear sunglasses), it is a veritable Victorian pub popular with tourists due to its close proximity to Portobello Road.

Reputedly the oldest pub in the area, the Sun in Splendour boasts a beer garden out back and classic British pub grub like fish and chips, sausage and mash plus more healthy foods like nourish bowls.

Address: 7 Portobello Road, London W11 3DA

10. The Earl of Lonsdale

This laid back and cosy Notting Hill bar is run by Samuel Smiths – a Yorkshire based brewer that has a reputation for running some of the most historic yet inexpensive pubs in London (although mobile phones are banned so swings and roundabouts…).

One of the most quirky heritage features of the Earls of Lonsdale are the partitions between each bar ‘snug’ sections which you need to duck under to walk through (not easy after several pints of Samuel Smith’s Taddy lager)! The pub has a large beer garden (quite the feat in Notting Hill), and they also serve great British classic dishes such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts.

Address: 277-281 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

11. The Ginstiute

A celebration of all things juniper and gin, the Ginstiute (we see what you did there!) is in the heart of Notting Hill on a Portobello Road crossroads, with tables and large windows directly overlooking the market – just the ‘tonic’ when in west London!

Easy to spot due to its beautifully painted exterior, the Ginstitute also run regular gin tasting classes and even gin making courses where you can blend your batch – gin-incredible!

Address: 186 Portobello Road, London W11 1LA

The Distillery bar in Notting Hill London

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12. Ukai

Ukai is more of a Japanese gastropub sushi restaurant with an Asian twist than an old school Notting Hill pub but you can still enjoy drinks here overlooking Portobello Road.

Cosmopolitan, convivial and a welcome addition to the Notting Hill neighbourhood, we sadly haven’t eaten here (yet) but if the sushi and service is as good as their exterior decor, you’ll likely be in for a tasty treat.

Address: 240 Portobello Road, London W11 1LL

Ukai Notting Hill

13. The Walmer Castle

At the time of writing and our last visit to Notting Hill, the Walmer Castle pub was closed with major renovations and scaffolding – we’ll update the blog in due course if the Walmer Castle circumstances change or it reopens.

Address: 58 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AJ

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