Notting Hill is a requisite stop for anyone visiting London and the Electric Diner is one of the coolest spots in the area. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks – the Electric do it all. It’s part of the Soho House group, which runs some of the most elite members-only clubs in London, but this bar and restaurant brings their signature sexy lighting, cool décor and fashionable crowd minus the members-only door policy. Couples with mixed food tastes will find a good selection here: hearty, carb-heavy dishes like a shaved rib-of-beef sandwich or gourmet macaroni and cheese sit alongside options like smoked salmon with quinoa and goats cheese or flat-iron chicken with roasted broccoli. Upstairs is the 100-year-old Electric Cinema, one of the oldest in London, where armchairs are leather-lined and come with footstools and side tables. There is a mix of mainstream and art-house films and even a kids’ club for parents who might like to leave older children watching a movie while they wander the market outside on Portobello Road.
Hop off the tube at the Notting Hill Gate then head down Kensington Park Road, which leads to Portobello Road. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Electric but if you’re the type who’s easily led astray by a market stall, a cute boutique or those charming coloured doors and flower boxes, you might want to allow longer.
Electric Diner | 191 Portobello Road | +44 20 7908 9696