An interview with...

Influencer, Alexandre Zouaghi

Parisian living in London, global traveller and Instagrammer, Alexandre Zouaghi tells us why he loves his new home in the heart of Notting Hill …

Where do you live?
I live in Golborne Village, at the top end of Portobello Road. I think it’s a beautiful part of Notting Hill and feels very authentic with lots of one-off vintage shops and a market spilling onto the streets.

How long been in the area?
Before moving to Golborne Road last year, I was a few blocks away, closer to Ladbroke Grove station. I’ve been in the area for two years and I am still completely in love with the neighbourhood.

What do you love most about Notting Hill?
It might sound like a cliché but, for me, Notting Hill is all about colour – I never tire of seeing all of the vibrantly coloured houses! I’m always drawn to them and photographing them for my blog, A on the Road.

Favourite hidden gem?
The north side of Portobello Road (where I live) still looks and feels exactly as it did years ago with vintage shops, weekend markets and cute coffee shops. If you want to live like a local, this is where you need to go.

Favourite place for a drink?
I don't really drink so I would say Fabrique on Portobello Road for a coffee in the afternoon or Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road for the best cakes and pastries in London.

Favourite restaurant, café?
I am a big fan of Bluebelle's on Portobello Road, they do an amazing vegetarian breakfast, it’s reasonably priced and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Best places to shop?
Pedlars on Talbot Road for sure. It's my favourite shop in the neighbourhood. They sell a fantastic range of greeting cards, American memorabilia, vintage maps, quirky crockery and they constantly have new stock coming in. Plus, they have a great spot for coffee in the back of the shop, if you need to escape the crowds on Portobello.

Best way to spend a lazy afternoon in London?
Start the day by having a late brunch in your favourite spot (like Granger on Westbourne Grove) and then seek out and explore one of the cities many markets. Market life is at the heart of London culture.

Top 5 things you recommend to do in the capital?
1. Spend a day exploring the beautiful and colourful streets of Notting Hill.
2. Escape the busy centre and head west to London's most incredible park: Richmond Park.
3. Go north to Hampstead and spend an afternoon in one of the loveliest villages in London.
4. Head south and have lunch at Borough Market near London Bridge.
5. Explore the shops in Seven Dials, grab some macaroons at Pierre Herme's and a coffee at Monmouth!

A on the Road is a bilingual blog following Alex's global travels and, in particular, his fascination with London and the people, food, drink and architecture that make it so unique.