Jojo loves Notting Hill

Jojo loves Notting Hill

"Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."

Notting Hill holds a very special place in my heart. It exudes a sort of unique charm, infectious energy and offers a plethora of wonderful attributes that make it a favourite among locals and visitors alike. For many years, it was the place I called home, during a part of my life when excitement and energy were so needed. Would you believe me if I told you that Hugh Grant lived a few doors down and we shared a communal Garden?

I may have moved my personal life out to the country, but my work life I did not! Our House Nine studio is still nestled not far from the hustle of Portobello and Golborne Roads.  So, my old stomping ground is still very much a part of my everyday life. I want to share with you some of my favourite spots, whether you live nearby or are just visiting or passing through.


Strolling down Golborne Road, you'll find yourself immersed in a captivating tapestry of cultures. The street is renowned for its diverse range of cuisines, from traditional Caribbean eateries serving mouth-watering jerk chicken to trendy cafes offering artisanal coffee and delectable pastries.

Photo: Visit Portobello

The vibrant Portobello Road Market, a quintessential London market experience, spills over into the littler known as Golborne Road, enticing shoppers with an array of antiques, vintage clothing, handmade crafts, and quirky collectables. The juxtaposition of old and new architecture adds character to the street and creates a picturesque backdrop for exploring the area. It is not only a shopper's paradise but also a haven for art enthusiasts. The street is dotted with art galleries and studios, showcasing the works of local and international artists, contributing to Notting Hill's vibrant artistic scene.

Photo: Lowry & Baker

So many people only focus on Portobello Road, but Golborne is truly one of the streets you cannot miss. A short walk from Ladbroke Grove station, start with a coffee and a pastry from Lowry and Baker – when I am in the studio, this is my morning go-to. If you know whats good for you, you will try the banana bread. While here, pop next door to Tada & Toy if beautiful jewellery is your thing and you aren’t short of a piercing or two. From here, you can look around at some fantastic design stores like Goldfinger and The Trove. Before you leave, I must tell you Straker’s restaurant is an easy-to-miss gem, legendary with the locals for their fresh, simple, and delicious dishes.

02 Portobello Road

The notorious Portobello Road. Not one to disappoint, and a stone's throw from my old flat, this bustling street is a goldmine for antiques and cuisine (not for the faint of heart on a Saturday afternoon).


There is something about this street that exudes a warm and welcoming vibe, with friendly locals and visitors mingling together, creating a sense of community and camaraderie. It's a place where people come together to celebrate diversity, indulge in culinary delights, and immerse themselves in the eclectic spirit of Notting Hill.

As you walk down Portobello from Golborne, you will pass a little fabric store called The Cloth Shop. Hard to leave this place empty-handed, it is a must-visit spot for vintage pieces and rustic linens.

When you arrive at the food market, you may feel slightly overwhelmed by choices. So, the H9 girls recommend trying: The Juice Bar, Arepas, and Turkish cheesy flatbread. Just let your heart (and tummy) guide you.

Let's talk cinnamon rolls for a sweet second. You simply need to know about Fabrique, the Swedish bakery on Portobello, is home to the cardamom and cinnamon bun that transports you to Stockholm. Having lived in Sweden for a few years, I can tell you that they are “läcker”. Need more sugar? Buns from Home is another go-to for more sweet bun treats.

Photo: Gold Restaurant by Ingrid Rasmussen

Dinner and late-night cocktails at Gold are a must. Delicious seasonal wood-fired plates are served in this stunning urban oasis designed by local architect and designer duo Felix and Valerie von Bechtolsheim.


I encourage you to buy from one of the many market stalls on your long walk down Portobello to support small businesses, be it your lunch, veg, flowers or jewellery.

Photo: Visit Portobello

03 Westbourne Grove

If your boots are made for walking, let your feet take you to Westbourne Grove and the streets that surround it. Stunning tree-lined streets dotted with candy-coloured houses; you can gaze through green envy eyes at how the other people live. 


Westbourne is a total treat. From luxurious clothing and accessories to unique homeware and lifestyle stores, the street caters to discerning tastes but with an upscale yet welcoming atmosphere. Pop into Daylesford, their homewares are dreamy. Fara is the best kids' charity shop I have ever been in! Worth the queue to get into is Granger & Co for lunch – dare you not to spot a celeb! And Taqueria for the best damn tacos. To be washed down with an award-winning margarita!

04 Extras

If you are close by or have extra time to spare, there are some lovely places to try. For the best Pilates and workout classes, it has to be Form. This was my go-to for fitness, especially while I was pregnant with Ziggy. One of London’s oldest cinemas, Electric, is a one-of-a-kind old-school style screening spot, with leather armchairs and cashmere blankets. If you are after a legendary Sunday lunch, our absolute favourite was the Ladbroke Arms. A beautiful spot just before Holland Park (worth the visit too) where we spent many a weekend relaxing. For a powerhouse coffee kick, Hermanos is another great coffee spot, serving fresh Colombian coffee, another favourite of the House Nine girls.

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