If you like gin, you’ll really like Portobello Star, where they not only serve gin but also teach classes about it and distill their own (though not on the premises). This is a very popular cocktail bar and local hangout that also happens to make great drinks. Health and safety warning: if you need to use the facilities after sinking a couple of Brambles, be careful. You’ll be climbing (and then descending) a near-vertical staircase.
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Jay Dees is a cash-only Caribbean takeaway spot making generous and tasty jerk chicken, curried goat, and Jamaican patties in Notting Hill.
Hereford Road looks modern, but the food is traditional British. And despite being in Notting Hill, it’s very reasonably priced.
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The Southampton Arms
The Southampton Arms, between Kentish Town and Parliament Hill, is a proper old school boozer, with a fireplace and ales.
Peg is a walk-in wine and skewers spot in Hackney from the people behind P. Franco and Bright. It’s a place you want to be.
Rumpus Room is a trendy bar in the Mondrian Hotel, but with actual good vibes and drinks. It’s pricey, but worth the cost for the view.
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