I adore Notting Hill, and more specifically Portobello Road. Everything from the pastel houses to the fascinating boutiques to the bustling markets fills my mind with glee. The fun doesn't end there though. There's a 100 year old cinema on this legendary street known as the Electric Cinema. The cinema's stunning interior is graced with red leather furniture, crystal chandeliers and gilded wall decorations - a cinema originally intended for film's aficionados and society's elite.
The cinema provides the ultimate luxurious cinematic experience. The 'average' seat includes a leather armchair and a footstool along with access to a bar at the back of the cinema; you don't have to miss any part of the movie to get a snack! Those in search of even more comfort can opt for a front-row bed or a back-row sofa. What more could one ask for?
If the cinema itself hadn't already blown me away, the movie was yet to do the job. This time round, I was joined by Mr Kowa da Kowa for a viewing of the critically acclaimed movie - Carol. This brilliant film has quickly become one of my movie favourites of 2015 due to its stylistic cinematography and the mesmerising performances from both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It's a true classic and a film you must add to your list!
After an aesthetic overload at the end of the viewing, we chose to unwind at the Electric Diner. I've been here on several occasions but it never gets boring. In contrast to the the refined ambience of the cinema, the diner takes on a more retro and casual atmosphere.
We both started off with a soothing pumpkin soup (£6) and then I went on to have a delicious grilled salmon dish (£15) with a regrettable side of mac & cheese (£6) accompanied by a zesty glass of Petit Chablis (£13).
The night was over before I knew it and Portobello Road had succeeded in stealing me away for another night. I'll soon be returning to this quaint neighbourhood but in the mean time, involve yourself in a London affair with Notting Hill and enjoy a viewing at the Electric Cinema whilst you're at it!
191 Portobello Road
Tickets details available here: http://www.electriccinema.co.uk/portobello
*I paid £18 for the ticket*
Electric Diner: £10-30pp