In room 16, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled the Victorian bath with champagne; Alice Cooper kept his snakes in it; and Tim Burton flooded the room by leaping from the bed into the bath and back. The Stones, U2, Tina Turner and many other starry names, from music, fashion and show business, also stayed at The Portobello in its heyday. Now, more than 40 years after it first opened, it has been given a new lease of life by Peter and Jessica Frankopan of A Curious Group of Hotels, which includes Cowley Manor, L’Hôtel in Paris and Canal House in Amsterdam. Today’s look encapsulates the hotel’s bohemian spirit and that famous bed and bath are still there, among many other items from the hotel’s decadent past. Rooms, however, have been brought forward and the decoration judiciously updated using bold colours. Even the minute attic rooms have been cleverly enlarged. At The Portobello today, past and present mix happily together. Doubles from £195.
Name to Know: General manager Douglas Cooper, who knows everything.
See: The world-famous Portobello Market. A stone’s throw from the hotel, the market gets going on Friday with the main day for antiques and vendors being Saturday. Not to be missed.
Eat: Take a stroll through the colourful streets of Notting Hill and head over to The Cow, a West London stalwart, we recommend a Guinness and fish stew.
Buy: Westbourne Grove is around the corner from The Portobello and has high-end boutiques, local designers and more. Book our shopping package for exclusive discounts and offers at many of these shops.
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