Tips from a Local: Hillary in Notting Hill

Hillary Graves is founder of award-winning healthy children’s food brand Little Dish. She lives in Notting Hill with her husband Dean and her sons Monty and Ridley (aged 9 & 7). Here are her local tips:

1. Best date night restaurant: Six Portland Road, run by husband and wife team Oli & Ra Barker. The food is amazing.

2. Favourite family-friendly dinner spot: We love Portobello Pizza for their friendly staff, good food and the fact that you can book a table early.

3. Cosiest local cafe (and/or best place to grab a take-away): Egg Break on Uxbridge Street is a local favourite. For take away coffee, Chegworth Farm Shop on Kensington Church Street.

4. Trusted children’s shop: Now that my children are a bit older (ages 7 and 9), we like to visit book shops whether we are buying books or just browsing. Daunt Books on Holland Park Avenue and Waterstones on Notting Hill Gate both have helpful, knowledgeable staff and good children’s selections. For baby gifts Petit Bateau on Ledbury Road, Bonpoint on Westbourne Grove and Cologne & Cotton on Kensington Church Street.

5. Favourite women’s shop: DVF on Ledbury road

6. Coolest local playground: The adventure play ground in Holland Park

7. Favourite food shop: There are so many, it is difficult to choose just one. We love Kensington Place fish shop, the Greengrocer on Clarendon Road, Speck the Italian delicatessen on Portland Road, Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road and Huntsworth wine shop on Kensington Church Street.

8. Best shop for homewares, fun finds, or special gifts: Summerill & Bishop on Portland Road has a really beautiful selection. It can be pricey, but there are some affordable options in the mix as well. I think flowers always make a great gift and John & Jessie flower shop on Peel Street is the best.

9. Local activity center or museum: We are excited about the Design Museum on Kensington High Street which is finally opening at the end of November.

10. Favourite park or outdoor space: For us, it’s all about where the boys can kick their football so we head to either Kensington Gardens or Holland Park.


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