An interview with...

Influencer, Karen Welman

Founding Creative Director of Pearlfisher, Karen Welman, gives us an inside look at Notting Hill …

Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Karen Welman and I’m Founding Creative Partner of Pearlfisher, a definitive creative agency building the world’s most desirable brands. 

Where do you live?
I live in Notting Hill, just around the corner from The Portobello Hotel. 

How long been in the area?
I have lived here in Notting Hill for over 30 years now and was blissfully unaware that my father and his father lived off Westbourne Grove too whilst they were growing up.

What do you love most about Notting Hill?
I love the variety, the eclectic nature and diversity of different cultures and all walks of life.

Favourite hidden gem?
Coffee Plant is our local hidden gem, and I love the XL recording studio art on their wall. Of course, Posh Nails is great for a cheeky mani/pedi, and The Italian Garden cafe that you would never know is there.

Favourite place for a drink?
It has to be Negozio Classica, always ready to serve a surprising delight along with generous helpings of delicious snacks.

Favourite restaurant, café?
I love Bill Grangers for breakfast (if you can get in), Peyotito makes a great cocktail, but will break the bank, and Osterio Basilico will never go out of fashion. Finally, Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen is a hidden gem over the canal at the end of Ladbroke Grove.

Best places to shop?
Strolling along Portobello on a Saturday never fails to inspire and lure, followed by a walk up to Westbourne Grove to the smarter shops and my favourite fashion brand, Joseph. Have some breakfast and mull over the beautiful, but random, products at Daylesford. Of course, there is also THE most beautiful kitchen shop over at Clarendon Cross – Summerhill & Bishop. Well worth the short walk over there!

Any insider knowledge / top tips for the area?
Explore, all around Portobello, the book shops, stalls, and go from end to end as I am still discovering some great places up at Golbourne Road too.

Best way to spend a lazy afternoon in London?
Go for a refreshing walk over at Richmond Park, for the deer or, if you don’t want to go that far, Hyde Park followed by the Serpentine café for tea, and a little bit of entertaining duck and swan watching.

Top 5 things you recommend to do in the capital?
The V&A is always showing inspiring exhibitions. The theatre - I find Sadler's Wells always delivers. If you do the London Eye, finish it off with a boat trip down the Thames. Finally I have never done it but always wanted to: Tea at the Ritz.

Pearlfisher is an independent creative business made of the definitive partnership of Futures, Strategy and Design.  They build the most desirable brands - Challengers & Icons - brands that are paving the way now and those that will be loved forever.