Golborne Road is one of those roads that, whilst ever evolving, still keeps its identity as a street for everybody from all walks of life and all corners of the globe, notably Morocco and Portugal. In that one street you’ll find a barber shop, laundrette, bike shop, cash ’n’ carry and keycutters – not to mention being a mecca for vintage clothing and independent fashion boutiques. Here are the five reasons to keep on returning to the Notting Hill shopping street:
1. Antiques and Homewares
The area used to have one of the best haberdasher’s in town; alas that’s no more but you can find bargain upholstery fabric at several places on the street. Eclectic antiques spill out onto the pavement: find shabby chic French/European on one side of the road at Bazar and Arbon (particularly good for mirrors and painted chests) and more mid-century/70s’ on the other side – there’s always more on Fridays and Saturdays. Antique cabinets, dressers and chests of drawers sell fast at Phoenix on Golborne – be the first to find out about new items by following their instagram account @phoenixgolborne. Sometimes dubbed ‘Little Morocco’ find the Golborne Road’s best Moroccan wares at Fez, a bazaar brimming with leather slippers, carpets, ceramics, glasses, pouffes, tanginess and lanterns. And my favourite ever piece of furniture – an 18th century sofa – came from Susan Osbourne who has a shop here.
2. Independent Shopping
Visit Warris Vianni for luxurious yet reasonably priced Indian fabrics and rugs, quilts, cushions and shawls. Lali Shop is a small but perfectly formed concept store that stocks lots of wonderful women’s (and soon to introduce men’s) small brands, think Veja trainers, Bella Freud knits and some homewares too. Bigger brands include Folk, the minimalist British brand that has an outlet here as well as in Shoreditch, Soho and Holborn, and Aesop. Turn the corner at Pizza East onto Portobello Road and find Sir Plus, whose long-standing market stall selling British-made menswear (waistcoats, jackets, boxer shorts) is now a bricks-and-mortar shop.
3. Vintage Clothes
There are a number of vintage clothes shop along this road – a destination shopping street for those in the know. Our favourites are Relik, the famous vintage clothes shop for red carpet dresses and accessories just off the high street near Trellick Tower. 90 Golborne is the place for everything from retro sportswear to vintage Dior. Find men’s and a few women’s tweed jackets and Barbours at Emma Goldman. And our top pick, Found and Vision – an awesome clothes store where you could easily while away a whole day.
4. Food Shops
Source the tiniest clams from Golborne Fisheries where the same man has been serving for the entire eighteen years I’ve been going. Stalls on the street sell delicious-looking chicken skewers and take away rotisserie chicken. Don’t miss Lisboa, the Portuguese supermarket, or the Lisboa Patisserie for the most delicious pasteis de nata and other treats.
5. Eating Out and Coffee
For lunch it has to be the Golborne Deli where the people are delightful here and the menu includes delicious salads, sandwiches and scrambled eggs. For night time we love Flat Iron (steak any which way and you have to try the Golborne G&T – with pomegranate and rose) – and Garage 108, which still impresses after its celebrity opening a few years ago. Bare brick walls (from its garage days) and impressive cooking and relaxed vibe. There’s also a Pizza East, Kipferl, an Austrian kitchen, and Danish Snaps & Rye. If you just want a coffee and a Portuguese pastry go no further than Café o Porto and watch the world go by.