Events in Notting Hill

Here we list a range of upcoming, regular and annual events in Notting Hill – from art to music, fashion to literature, food to nightlife – and much more in between! Do also check on the listing of Events in Kensington & Chelsea from our sister site!


Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts – Bellini and Chopin: Weeping in Song
7.30pm, 2nd March 2015
Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ

The Perfume Salon
7.30pm, Tuesday 10th March 2015
The KPH, 139 Ladbroke Grove, W10 6HJ
Hosted by Perfumista Anna Katz, The Perfume Salon will offer a fragrant evening for the senses with a presentation by top perfumer Sarah McCartney and live music from Ailsa Tully. The Perfume Salon is a series of events that mixes perfumery presentations with live music and is an opportunity for established and emerging perfumers to showcase their wares in an intimate setting to a targeted audience – of press, bloggers, fragrance fans, those from the perfume industry as well the merely curious! The recipe of music and perfume produces an enjoyable and eclectic evening of entertainment for all; following two successful salons in late 2014, this is the first such event in 2015.

Hostess Anna Katz has an art college and music background as well as a long held interest and history in studying and curating bespoke collections of nice fragrances and consulting on fragrance design and marketing. Her past experience saw her recognising the challenges that perfumers and musicians face in presenting their new work, which led her to develop The Perfume Salon.

Perfumer Sarah McCartney handmakes scents using traditional methods in London W3, in small batches of 50 to 200 bottles at a time. She lauched 4160 Tuesdays in 2012 as an accidental spin-off from writing a novel. Sarah will be launching her new fragrance ‘Centrepiece’ at The Perfume Salon.

Singer-songwriter and folk cellist Ailsa Tully currently studyies popular music at Goldsmiths University. Using the cello in a new and unconventional way that accompanies her voice and modal song writing style, Ailsa released her debut music video ‘Martyr’ in 2014 which features on her brand bew EP, “The Charm of Human Error’.

Tickets for The Perfume Salon cost £12.50 in advance and can be booked online from

Laugh Out Loud For Lively Minds
7pm, 18th March 2015
20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA
A spectacular evening of comedy in aid of the charity Lively Minds, Laugh Out Loud will be hosted by BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny and will feature Katherine Ryan (8 Out Of 10 Cats), Sara Pascoe (Stand Up for the Week), Romesh Ranganathan (Mock the Week), Carly Smallman, Brett Goldstein and Morgan Berry.

Lively Minds is a charity that works to improve the lives and life chances of children in some of the poorest and remotest rural villages in Ghana and Uganda. Rather than providing aid, the charity helps communities help themselves by giving them knowledge, skills and drive to run their own Play Schemes. These programmes help children at a crucial stage in their development, and helps enhance education, health and wellbeing; key skills such as numeracy, literacy and creative thinking skills are taught through play. Without education, the children – just like their parents before them – will not have the chance to break out of poverty.

Events in Notting Hill - Laugh Out Loud For Lively Minds

The programmes also help transform the lives of those that run them, who are often women with no education that are trapped in a cycle of poverty; the Schemes achieve sustainability as communities are empowered to use their own skills to run them. 

Lively Minds’ projects are replicated in new villages, and they’ve given over 23,000 children in 98 communities a chance for a brighter future. Only £30 covers a whole year’s education for a child.

The charity is funded by Comic Relief, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF who’ve all recognised the unique impact this charity has on the development of impoverished communities.

Laugh Out Loud For Lively Minds is being organised by a group of volunteers and all performers on the evening are donating their services.

Tickets for the evening cost £30 and can be bought online.

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts – Winds of Change: Vienna, St Petersburg, Paris
7.30pm, 31st March 2015
20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts – Wanderers: Byron, Liszt and Berlioz
7.30pm, 25th April 2015
Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts – London: Eighteenth-Century Court and Salon Music
7.30pm, 13th May 2015
20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts – Schubert: In the Footsteps of Beethoven
7.30pm, 10th June 2015
20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts – Britten and Shostakovich: A Remarkable Friendship
7.30pm, 11th June 2015
20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA



Gigs & Club Nights
Various locations in Notting Hill
Check out the following venues which hold regular concerts, comedy and club nights plus other events – latest listings on their websites:



Notting Hill Mayfest
Annual arts festival taking place in mid- to late-May each year offering a very varied programme, including music, opera, theatre, dance, lectures, film and much more. Full details on the Notting Hill Mayfest website.


Notting Hill Carnival
The Carnival takes place over the last weekend of August – of course! See our dedicated Notting Hill Carnival page.


Portobello Film Festival
This independent film festival showcases a very wide variety of films, based around a different theme this year. All screenings are completely free. More details on their website: Portobello Film Festival.

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