Pembridge Road is located in one of the finest and most happening parts of west London, making it the perfect place to base yourself during a trip to the city.
Close to a number of key Underground stations, loads of great places to dine and drink, and plenty of top attractions, you’ll have everything you need right on your hotel’s doorstep.
In fact, you’ll be surprised at just how much stuff there is to do and see around the area; some places are even close enough to walk to! Here’s our comprehensive guide to the wonderful attractions that are located in this fantastic part of London.
London is known for its top-notch markets, but there are few as iconic and interesting as Portobello Market.
The world’s largest antiques market is a hive of activity most days, but is busiest on Friday and Saturday when it’s open from 9am until 7pm. Some 1,000 dealers set up shop here during the week and it’s the ideal place to hunt for a unique bargain for your home.
To get there, turn left off Pembridge Road down Portobello Road and walk along it until you reach the market. It should take no longer than ten minutes of your time.
The Electric Cinema
For those times when you just want to sit back and enjoy a film, the Electric Cinema is the ideal venue. One of London’s finest independent picture houses, the Portobello edition of the franchise is located in a fabulous building that is well over 100 years old.
The viewing experience is quite unlike any other cinema, with 65 plush leather armchairs making up the seating area complete with footstools to ensure maximum comfort. At the back, there are six double sofas, adding to the quirkiness of the place.
As well as the films, there’s also a well-stocked bar that serves everything from cocktails to champers and all your favourite cinema snacks, with a twist of course!
To get there, follow the same directions that you would to get to Portobello Market, only proceed further. The cinema is on your left and you can’t miss it.
London’s favourite outdoor space is just a stone’s throw away from Pembridge Road. When the weather is fine, there’s no better place to be in the capital than Hyde Park.
Take your time strolling around its grounds checking off the many monuments you discover, rent a boat out on the Serpentine, start a debate at Speakers’ Corner, go for an early morning jog or just sit and enjoy the sunshine with hundreds of Londoners doing the same thing.
To get there, simply walk all the way down along Pembridge Road until you reach Notting Hill Gate. Here, turn left and continue straight along until you come to the north-west corner of the park. It should take you no longer than 20 minutes at a brisk gait. (Note that Notting Hill Gate merges onto Bayswater Road).
The official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this fabulous palace has long been a favourite for those visiting the English capital.
While its perfectly manicured gardens and grounds are a sight in themselves, it’s the palace and its absurdly opulent decor that many come to see. The King’s State Apartments are some of the most lavishly decorated rooms you are ever likely to set foot in, while the King’s Staircase is equally as impressive. The Queen’s State Apartments, the sunken garden and the King’s Gallery are other must-sees on a trip to this stupendously grand Royal residence.
At the moment, there are two exhibitions also on at Kensington Palace: Victoria Revealed, which gives an insight into the extraordinary life of the former Queen through her private journals and Fashion Rules, a look at the dresses and attire of the modern royals.
To get to Kensington Palace, follow the same route you would if you were off to Hyde Park, but turn right down Kensington Palace Gardens on Bayswater Road. Follow the road past the Embassy of Nepal until you see the palace on your left.
Another of London’s astonishing open spaces, Holland Park is a real treat when the sun has got his hat on (hip hip hip hip hurray!).
With 22.5 hectares of gardens to explore, the park is a great place to spend a warm afternoon picnicking with the family. One of the highlights of the park is the Kyoto Garden, a beautiful Japanese garden that was donated to Holland Park by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto well over a decade ago.
The park is open from 7.30am on the dot until 30 minutes prior to dusk, whenever that may be. Getting there is really simple. Just take any of the 27, 28 or 328 buses from Notting Hill Gate (Stop C) all the way to Kensington High St/Earl’s Court Road (Stop X).