I love London and visit once every month or two for work--usually hectic weeks/long nights at work. This time, my husband and I are visitng for leisure and are looking to spend a weekend in London living like locals to the greatest extent possible (i.e., looking to avoid tourist hordes/the uber-commercial). We have our reasons, living in a city presently swarmed with tourists, to start.
Thinking of spending one day walking/shopping/lunching in a neighborhood relatively west of Central London (because it's an area with which I am not familiar). Was thinking Notting Hill. Can you advise re: whether I have the right idea? Looking for boutique shops (looking for a good concentration), pretty streets, serenity, and gourmet food (also looking for a concentration of restaurants for options). I'm thinking SoHo in New York if anyone is familiar, but more.... British.... and Posh.
Would it be worth spending a day in Notting Hill. And if so, do I have the right idea? And if not, would you recommend another area outside of prime, central London? We are looking to spend a similar day in Soho (London) by the way.
Thanks very much, in advance. Looking foward to the advice.