Visitors to Notting Hill looking to slot right into the creative community like an honorary Londoner will get off on the right foot with a stay at stylish guesthouse, the Main House. Not a hotel or bed and breakfast per se, the room-only property is a quite literal home away from home as guests can take one of just a few available rooms in the pretty West London townhouse.
While the room-only basis might put some people off, the owner has an arrangement with nearby cafes and restaurants that gains guests small discounts-a sweet touch.
Large, bright rooms with hardwood floors are everything you’d want from a chic, understated Notting Hill pad. Replete with sofas and antique bureaus, they’re large enough to spend periods relaxing in without feeling cramped.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Main House doesn't accommodate single night stays but discounts are available on longer periods.
Clean, stylish bathrooms come with bath and shower and plenty of space.
Choosing to base yourself in Notting Hill means getting to sample up close one of London’s hippest neighborhoods. While the genteel overtures of the Hugh Grant movie are a little rose-tinted, it’s nonetheless a bohemian place that you’ll want to explore on foot. When it comes to making your way across town to the larger sights and attractions, take the Tube from Notting Hill Gate.
Sister venue to the local independent cinema, the Electric Diner (4-minute walk) is the go-to place for all your American fast food classics. If you’d rather get stuck into whole rotisserie chickens and sumptuous side salads, Cocotte (8-minute walk) is the farm-to-table chicken joint for you.
The delightfully kitsch Trailer Happiness (3-minute walk) is the place for a night of tiki-inspired cocktails and dancing. Regularly voted the best pub in the neighbourhood, the Churchill Arms (15-minute walk) will give you your traditional boozer fix with a side of impressive wall garden façade.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A great way to slot into the area and feel like a true Londoner, the Main House is a perfect home away from home for those who like something personal and charming that’s still a touch more formal than an Airbnb. In the heart of a great neighbourhood, there’s so much to do that you won’t even have time to think about the relative distance from London’s landmark sights.