A Perfect Day in Notting Hill
Posted on 15th July 2015
Due to its stylish architecture and independent shops, eateries and boutiques, Notting Hill is one of London's most desirable areas to visit. It holds two beautiful parks, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens and has one of London's best known markets, Portobello Road Market. For those of you who aren't aware, we are nestled in the middle of Notting Hill, so if you are heading to Chakra for a delicious feast then we have recommended some great places for you to try out before you head over to us!
What is it? A flower shop
Where is it? 73, Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 4JF – 13 minute walk from Chakra
If you're late for a date at Chakra and want to impress that special someone with some 'out of this world' flowers then stop by Harper & Tom's – They stock a full range of seasonal flowers and are open until 5.30 (unless you head to their kiosk based on the corner of Elgin Crescent and Kensington Park Road which is open until 7pm Monday-Saturday)
What is it? Yoga, Pilates, and Natural Therapies
Where is it? 15 Edge Street, Notting Hill, London, W8 7PN – 5 minute walk from Chakra
Feeling a little tense after a hard day's work? Perhaps you just want to feel relaxed, either way The Life Centre is a friendly haven and offers drop-in yoga and Pilates classes.
What is it? A fine art gallery in a residential property
Where is it? Linden Gardens, Notting Hill – Get on the tube to Notting Hill Gate as it's a slight walk from Chakra!
For those of you who are lovers of fine art, the Heist art gallery is the place for you. To visit the gallery you must book an appointment- so why not book a slot before your dining experience at Chakra?
What is it? A premier photographic gallery and shop
Where is it? 117, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DY – 12 minutes' walk from Chakra
This is Portobello Road's original photographic gallery which sells prints on canvas, artblocks and photographic paper. Whilst you're there, we highly recommend you pay a visit to Portobello Road Market; you will be pleasantly surprised with what you can find. Once you're all shopped out, head down to Chakra for some delicious authentic Indian food.
What is it? A yummy bakery (The flagship store – they have six stores in total)
Where is it? 133, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DY – A brisk 12 minute walk to Chakra
Famous for their American cupcakes, Hummingbird Bakery opened its first store in Notting Hill back in 2004 and has been a hit with the locals (and people from further afield) You can get cupcakes to take away – but don't eat them straight away, you'll spoil your appetite for dinner at Chakra!
What is it? A premium spice shop
Where is it? 1 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 2EE – 15 minute walk from Chakra
This is the perfect pit stop to get all the spices you need to create one of Chakra's famous recipes at home!
What is it? A bookshop
Where is it? 21, Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU – A 14 minute walk from Chakra
The Lutyens & Rubinstein bookshop was founded in 2009 and sells fiction, general non-fiction, children's books, poetry and art books. Grab yourself a page turner and enjoy some food and wine in the comfort of our restaurant.
We think these destinations can make your day that little bit brighter, so why not give them a try! Chakra is close to all these places, so you have no excuse to drop in, say hi and enjoy some delicious food - See you soon!