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The Prince Bonaparte& The Westbourne: Truly laidback, truly fashionable, truly Notting Hill
Prince Bonaparte (London)
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Prince Bonaparte (London)
Date: 27/05/00, updated on 06/09/02 (197 review reads)
Advantages: Cold beer, warm place, nice people
Disadvantages: They close at 11 pm.
These two perfect pubs are only a few steps apart on Chepstow Rd and Westbourne Park Rd (Westbourne Park or Notting Hill tube; buses 7, 28, 31 & 70) and they are what makes Notting Hill: A perfectly relaxed atmosphere, laidback and fashionable people and a great mix of cultures & styles. The Westbourne may be a bit more fashionable, featuring the occasional pop star visit, but the P. Bonaparte is definitely more laidback. Admittedly the people are sometimes just a bit too fashionable and too laidback in both places but after a few pints of - for example - Staropramen (P. Bonaparte) or Stella (Westbourne) everyone is bearable and you can simply enjoy the place.
As for design & layout, The P. Bonaparte features huge glass windows, giving it a light and open atmosphere. The Westbourne is somewhat darker but has a big terrace, which is packed in summer for lunch and after-tea drinks. At The P. Bonaparte people stand on the pavement to have their outdoor drinks in spring and summer.
The Bonaparte has a long, oval bar in the middle of the main room, giving plenty of space to lean on after the 11th lager, whereas the Westbourne is principally seated (or standing on the terrace to show off those fantastic legs) as the short bar serves only for handing out drinks and food. Space is plenty in the Bonaparte (but going away fast on weekends) and a bit more limited in the Westbourne when the terrace is closed.
Both establishments serve excellent food, from the obligatory bangers & mash and racks of lamb to "modern English" cuisine, pasta, salads and the occasional Asian experiment (in the Bonaparte).
Obviously, they are also well equipped with different types of lager, bitter, and other beers, as well as with all other kinds of drinks - mixed or pure.
Clientele is mostly between 25 and 35 and well mixed of both sexes. Dress to kill!
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