An interview with...
Influencer, Louis-Nicolas Darbon
Contemporary artist and menswear blogger, Louis-Nicolas Darbon, tells us why Notting Hill is where he chooses to live, work and play ...
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Originally from Paris, London has been my home for the past eight years. I'm working as an independent contemporary artist with my studio in Notting Hill. Besides my art, I also run an agency for influencer marketing.
Where do you live?
On a quiet street between Palace Gardens and Notting Hill Gate.
How long been in the area?
Four years on this street but six years in total in Notting Hill - it's just the best place to live.
What do you love most about Notting Hill?
Its vibrant and diverse offering – you have everything from the Michelin star restaurant, Ledbury, to the fun and easy restaurants on Portobello Road, plus something in between like Granger and 202. If you're into art you have galleries and great street art going on all around. For shopping it’s not just the market on Saturday’s but you have great independent stores on Westbourne Grove and around Portobello – with a great mix of brands and concept stores. Notting Hill has everything in one place – food, drink, shopping and nightlife.
Favourite hidden gem?
Eat Tokyo on Hillgate Street – it’s the best sushi in town.
Favourite place for a drink?
Best places to shop?
Rococo News & Magazines – they have the best selection, Portobello Market on Friday’s and Retro Man by Notting Hill Gate also has some great vintage finds.
Best way to spend a lazy afternoon in London?
If the weather allows, on a blanket in Kensington Gardens or a visit to one of the many art exhibitions that are going on in the city.
Top 5 things you recommend to do in the capital?
1. Have breakfast at Kensington Orangery in the middle of Kensington Gardens next to the Palace - you get to enjoy the park and a visit to the Palace at the same time.
2. Visit Portobello Market on a Friday rather than the Saturday – yes not all the stands are there but you avoid the tourist traps and you can enjoy the market without thousands of people next to you.
3. Tate Britain is a must – the architecture is amazing.
4. Columbia Road Flower Market on Sundays. While you are East, have lunch on the terrace of the Albion and explore the shops and street art on Red Church Street in Shoreditch and the vintage stores around Brick Lane.
5. Walk around the streets of Mayfair – Mount Street, Albemarle Street, New Bond and Old Bond Street – this area is full of shopping, art galleries and restaurants – you can just stroll around for hours and get truly inspired.