202 London: The “It” Cafe for the Stylish Moms of Notting Hill

On the elegant Westbourne Grove Avenue, perpendicular to Portobello Road, 202 is home to both a designer boutique and coffee shop, in a contemporary and airy space. Taking advantage of its natural light and convivial tables, local families love to meet here for tea, lunch or dinner.

The Décor
In the heart of Notting Hill, just away from the crowds of Portobello Market, 202 is an address that residents of this neighborhood jealously guard. Just behind the shelves of fabulous books on fashion and design, a few pairs of sneakers and some vintage accessories, marble tables and bistro chairs are arranged facing the bar, welcoming both large families and smaller groups. Don’t be surprised if you find groups of girlfriends enjoying lunch or an unusual number of pregnant women – according to the owner, “they feel at ease” here, and we understand why…

The Food
On the menu are traditional bistro recipes – Caesar salad, fish & chips, a lamb burger with goat cheese – as well as Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like pumpkin risotto with sage and mascarpone, beef kofta with eggplant, yogurt and couscous, or chicken fajitas with grilled peppers, guacamole and sour cream. For a lighter meal, we love the healthy and gourmet brunch dishes on their “202 Healthy Breakfast” menu, including avocado, tomato and spinach toast, and a salad topped with a poached egg.

For Kids
The atmosphere is chic but casual – strollers can easily be parked at the table and pots of crayons and drawing sheets await the little ones. On their menu? Fish nuggets or pasta, plus the desserts they’ll enjoy from the regular menu (chocolate pie ; apple, rhubarb and plum crumbles ; caramel ice cream ; sorbets). The restrooms, located in the basement, have changing tables, as well.

Les Louves loves the ambiance here at any given hour; it is always quiet and welcoming. Arrive early in the summer to enjoy the small courtyard terrace that sits just below the restaurant.

To Discover

  • The very chic Westbourne Grove Avenue and its many shops, including Joseph, Maje, Loft, Claudie Pierlot…
  • Granger and Co, for its irresistible pastry menu.
  • Daylesford, a chic, ethical and organic grocery store, selling products directly from the owner’s farm in Gloucestershire. You and your children can even sample their seasonal products at the on-site restaurant (208-212 Westbourne Grove , London W11 2RH).
  • The adorable, Spanish boutique “Nano’s,” with flowy dresses for little girls and perfectly cut, linen blazers for boys (183 Westbourne Grove , London W11 2SB).

202 London
202, Westbourne Grove
W11 2SB Londres
Metro : Notting Hill Gate
Checklist : Children’s menu, Coloring books and crayons, Changing table, Space for strollers, Small courtyard terrace. No high chairs.
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Prices & Reservations
Dishes start  between 13£ et 20£ (+12,5% service charge)
+44 (0) 20 7727 2722

Translated by G.W.