Food & Drink
London is awash with places to eat and drink at any budget, and Notting Hill gate is no exception.
Junk food – there is a KFC and a kebab shop on the way to/from College. After a night out nothing can beat a good Bargain Bucket or a doner kebab with plenty of chilli sauce! Both are open till 1/2am with the kebab shop closing much later.
Ice cream – We have some fantastic ice cream next to us in Gelato Mio!
Other options – Subway and Pret a Manger are both available nearby too.
Chicken – Nando’s is a good choice for a dinner out with friends and is on Notting Hill Gate.
Pizza – Pizza Express, Pizza metro pizza, Arancina, and Zizzi’s are all near Notting Hill Gate.
Tequila TexMex on Notting Hill Gate very tasty for those craving some Mexican food.
Chinese places: there are several Chinese restaurants on Queensway (Bayswater) some 5 minutes walk away.
Shopping Wider afield
Here are some student-friendly shops we suggest:
Primark is one of the cheapest places to buy clothes for everyday use. You can find a flagship store on Oxford Street. H&M is a great shop with some lovely clothes at brilliant prices. It is located almost everywhere, with quite big shops, where you can find a variety of clothes and accessories. Our nearest shop is on High Street Kensington.
Topshop is another good choice, for better quality clothes, but a little more expensive than the others. There is a huge shop on Oxford Street (crowded) and a smaller one on High Street Kensington (much better).
TK Maxx is also a good choice. You can find branded clothes and accessories at lower prices. There is a store located on High Street Kensington next to Urban Outfitters.
Westfield Shopping Centre is 20-25 min. walk away located in Shepherd bush. It has all the shops you can think of, a cinema and loads of places to eat and drink.
This is just a short list of the amazing pubs and clubs around Notting Hill/Kensington. The Hall Seniors will undoubtedly show you even more – be warned!
The Notting Hill Arts Club is a great a club in Notting Hill. Free entry before 8pm and just 5GBP after on most nights, with different events on every evening from DJs to live music.
There are some fantastic clubs and bars on High Street Kensington, some more exclusive than others! Kensington Roof Gardens is a famous celeb. haunt, whilst the Piano Bar and Soprano’s Bar are smaller intimate venues often with a live performer.
The Sun in Splendour at the top of Portobello Road behind the hall has a good selection of drinks and a cosy back garden.
The Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street is unmissable as it has bouquets of flowers hanging outside all year-round. The pub doubles up as a Thai restaurant inside which is unusual.
The Prince Albert Pub on Pembridge Road is the ‘local’ pub and has a good selection of beers. Standard London prices but is open till midnight.
The Swan at the top of Kensington Church Street is a large pub which is open till 1am.
The Monkey Puzzle is a pub in Sussex gardens, close to Paddington. You can go there by bus 27.
The Champion is a very cosy place just of Notting Hill gate station. It has a good selection of drinks and a nice place to meet a bunch of your friends.
The Gate cinema is located at 87 Notting Hill Gate. Once a month they hold a free film screening just for students as part of Slackers Club.
As Imperial students, you have free access to IMAX 3-D cinema at the Science Museum!