Creative cocktails, fabulous food and house parties galore.
Long before The Little Blue Door, there was The Little Yellow Door. The original, cult pop-up entertained tens of thousands of revellers with cocktails, food and fun during its first three years in its first home in Notting Hill Gate. Following the opening of its successor The Little Blue Door in Fulham last year, The Little Yellow Door is returning to Notting Hill with a permanent home.
TLYD’s second outing will be situated at All Saints Road, around the corner from its original home. The flatmates are moving into their new abode and are ready to welcome guests to join their never-ending house party. To those uninitiated, The Little Yellow Door is based on a fictional flatshare, home to an eclectic mix of flatmates. Guests are invited to drop by the party pad to enjoy cocktails, sharing plates, boozy brunches and late-night dancing.
The Little Yellow Door is set over two floors and is inspired by its first outing with colourful and quirky décor, mismatched furniture and the original yellow door. Guests can mingle in the open plan kitchen and living room, with cosy sofas and a fireplace for those colder evenings. The experimental cocktail list is inspired by the flatmates’ DVD collection. Previous visitors will recognise boozy concoctions such as Coffee And Cigarettes and Kill Bill (Earl Grey infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lemon Curd and Thyme).
Meanwhile, foodies will be in for a feast with TLYD offering a monthly, changing seasonal menu. Every month will feature two of the flatmates using their national cuisine in a cook-off, with each winner offering more culinary treats the following month. Among the grub on offer includes Salt and Pepper Squid with Lettuce Wraps, Lime Leaf and Lemongrass Dipping Sauce; Woodfired Bavette Steak with Chimichurri and a Horseradish Cream or Shallot Sauce; and Pork Belly and Peanut Bao Buns with House Pickles. Meanwhile, every weekend the flatmates will be hosting bottomless brunches on Saturday and Sunday roasts.
If you’re up for a late-night party, guests can sneak away to the secret hideaway downstairs. The Flatmates’ Den is open until 2am and features retro games, backgammon and poker tables, while the music corner offers instruments, record players and live DJs.
- The Little Yellow Door, 6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, W11 1HH. Nearest station: Westbourne Park or Ladbroke Grove. For more information, visit The Little Yellow Door website. To book, WhatsApp: 07801 267 854 or email TLYD
I originally wrote a pre-piece about The Little Yellow Door when it first launched last October. However, it took me a bit longer to pay a visit than I intended. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, my friend booked a table for Saturday night drinks and nibbles for her birthday. The Little Yellow Door is a long-term pop-up in Notting Hill Gate which has been styled as a fictional flatshare, with the ‘flatmates’ inviting you to a house party. Entering the yellow door and going upstairs, the main bar looked very cosy and inviting, with sofas, magazines and posters giving the feel of a real flatshare. As we were a large group, we had been given the snug, a little private room which felt like we snuck into someone’s treehouse. Full of cushions and board games, it gave us a comfortable and laidback space to have girlie chats. As the night progressed, some other curious customers stuck their heads in to look, with some admitting they were feeling ‘table envy’ at our space.
We started off with some drinks as members of our group arrived. The experimental cocktails’ names are said to be inspired by the flatmates’ favourite TV shows and films. I ordered a ‘Passion of Christ’ cocktail which was a mix of vodka and prosecco served with a marshmallow. It tasted really sweet and was a bit too easy to drink. Despite the temptation of the other concoctions – some very original – I ended up sticking to the same drink all night.
On Saturday nights, TLYD offers a bar food menu so a lot of the dishes on offer are shareable nibbles suitable for a group. The dishes are inspired by the eclectic mix of people you would expect to bump into at a house party. ‘The Yoga Bunny’ is a dip selection with crudités and pitta, including Lentil Hummus with Mint and Pine Nuts; Taramasalata with Confit Onions and Pork Scratchings, Avocado with Pickled Onions, Tomatoes and Chipotle, Labeneh with Dill, Mint, Cucumber and Smoked Aubergine. Despite the healthiness of the dish, its fun presentation with the dips being served in martini glasses made it feel a bit naughty. I particularly loved the ‘Mr Overheard In Waitrose’, which gave you options of arancini, cheese or meats. We ordered the Arancini and Cheese dish – a gorgeous, creamy combination of Burrata, Aubergine, Salted Tomato, Oregano and Salted Onion, which was served with crostini.
By the time we ended up leaving The Little Yellow Door five hours later, our group was unanimous in agreement with how much we enjoyed the venue. The staff really had managed to recreate that friendly, house party vibe and I thought the make-up, hairbrush and other typical house bathroom paraphernalia in the toilets was a fun touch. Our waitress was great, explaining the dishes and concept and always making sure we had some liquid refreshment to hand. The food portions and choice were perfect for what we wanted on a social night out. I’ll have to return on a Friday to sample the full dinner menu.
- The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. Open Wednesday 6-11pm, Thursdays 5-11pm, Fridays 6pm-1am and Saturdays 7pm-1am. Book via WhatsApp. For more information, visit the Little Yellow Door website.
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The popularity of pop-ups is fortunately continuing, but how many of these hot new venues make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? This is where The Little Yellow Door comes in. A new pop-up in Notting Hill Gate, this new nightspot feels like a mate’s home you’ve just swung by for a few drinks or a laidback meal.
This new pop-up is based on a fictional flatshare where five mismatched flatmates come together and throw parties every week. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, the venue will host dinner and drinks parties and will be the first hospitality venue to take bookings by WhatsApp. The menus will be handwritten on magazines lying around the flat, while drinks will be served in jars, teapots, blenders or even eggcups – whatever the flatmates can get their hands on. The cocktails are influenced by the flatmates’ favourite TV shows, such as My Name Is Earl, an Earl Grey infused gin, citrus, egg white and sugar short drink served in a tea cup and saucer with biscuits on the side, and sprinkled with earl grey leaves, or Suits, a Manhattan on ice with a dash of absinthe.
On Fridays, The Wandering Chef will be stopping by to create culinary delights for the flatmates’ visitors and will be influenced by the nationality of the latest flatmate to move in. On Thursdays and Saturdays, it will be more of a party focus with bar snacks available to accompany your drinks.
Regulars will receive a key to the ‘flat’ so they can come and go whenever they fancy and if they BYOB, they’ll be rewarded with a personalised mug which will be filled up with free punch every time they visit. TLYD is from the same team behind ROXX, Press Play and The Wandering Chef so you can expect a good time.
- The Little Yellow Door will be open Thursdays 5-11pm, Fridays 6pm-1am and Saturdays 7pm-1am. The Little Yellow Door is located at 68 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. For more information, visit the Little Yellow Door website.
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