Notting Hill is a fashionable and upmarket area of London, and despite its busyness, has a real old-fashioned charm. It’s also one of the most desirable parts of the city, with iconic pastel-coloured houses, the perfect backdrop for capturing memories of your day out with your little ones.
If you’re planning to drop by our nursery showroom and want to make a day of it, then we have some great ideas for things to do while you’re in Notting Hill. We highly recommend checking them out:
1. Watch a movie at the Electric Cinema
As one of the oldest working film theatres in Britain, first opening in 1910, the Electric Cinema is a spectacle in itself. The luxury interiors reflect its history, with a beautiful proscenium arch and 98 leather armchairs filling the auditorium. From parent-and-baby screenings to Kids Club showings, you can relax knowing it’s an authentically child-friendly place to visit. We’re confident you’ll want to grab this small window of opportunity to sit back and put your feet up, while your little ones are attentively watching the movie!
2. Decorate biscuits at Biscuiteers
Mixing sweet treats with arts and crafts will be a sure winner, no matter the age of your children. This biscuit boutique and icing cafe offers both perfectly finished treats, as well as the opportunity to decorate your own, and has been part of the Notting Hill community for over 10 years. Book into one of Biscuiteers classes to capture your little one’s imagination. You also have the added bonus of taking home your edible works of art… if they make it that far!
3. Explore Portobello Market
Visitors flock from all over the world to experience this buzzing and vibrant market. A real feast for the eyes, there’s an endless variety of bustling stalls and traders to see and meet. From fruit and vegetable stands to restaurants and vintage shops, there’s bound to be something for each member of the family. You might even be able to spot Mr Gruber’s shop from the Paddington movie!
4. Enjoy nature in Holland Park
If you’ve been shopping, then it’s likely that your children will have built up lots of energy to burn off. Holland Park is the perfect destination for this, with its adventure playground and enclosed sports area, which is completely free. It’s also a brilliant spot for enjoying the outdoors, with a beautiful Japanese garden and accessible woodlands, which are home to an abundance of wildlife.
5. Find your next read at The Notting Hill Bookshop
This iconic bookshop which inspired the Notting Hill movie is a really magical place. It’s lined with warm wood shelves, which are neatly stacked full of colourful spines of all kinds of books. In a cosy part of the shop, housed under a charming glass roof, you’ll find many carefully curated titles in the children’s section. Stop here for a while and feel free to ask the friendly team for their most well-loved recommendations.
6. Experience the carnival
If you happen to be staying in the area for August Bank Holiday then we highly recommend attending ‘family day’ at Notting Hill Carnival. Historically, this usually falls on a Sunday, with smaller crowds and a colourful parade featuring children-inspired floats There’s also bright costumes and live entertainment on the stage at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park and Powis Square in the evening.
You should now have all the inspiration you need for a day out with your family in West London - we look forward to seeing you in our Notting Hill nursery showroom soon.