Originally a Protestant chapel, now a community centre, The Tab is a Notting Hill institution. You can join the locals and come here for exhibitions, for yoga or dance classes, or for a drink or a meal in the cafe/restaurant right at the front of the building. The food has a West Indian bent, but there are also burgers and breakfasts. This is not a place for a date: you’re eating in what’s essentially the foyer of a public building. But the local vibe, all ages and all races, makes The Tab a great place to hang.
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Lowry & Baker
Lowry and Baker is a casual neighbourhood coffee spot in Notting Hill that’s popular with locals, particularly at weekends.
Granger & Co Notting Hill
Like the others, the Notting Hill location of Granger & Co has healthy-ish salads, sandwiches, and small plates perfect for breakfast and lunch.
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Flying Horse Coffee
If you work in or around Shepherd’s Bush, Flying Horse Coffee is a useful place to get some work done.
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Farm Girl Cafe
You’ll want to make fun of Farm Girl’s macadamia butter, but you’ll also probably like it. Head to this Notting Hill spot for a quick, healthy meal.
Lantana is local coffee shop and cafe a few minutes away from the chaos of Oxford Street.
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