Opposite Notting Hill Gate station, on a busy, grey street, stands a bright yellow door nestled amongst travel shops and haberdasheries. Behind this door, you will find one of the most innovative food and nightlife concepts around – this is The Little Yellow Door (TLYD for short).
Created by four friends who were struggling to find adequate space in which to run their events companies, they stumbled across this flat share space, which later turned into the pop-up concept that is TLYD. Open from Wed-Sat, each evening offers something slightly different, from midweek supper clubs, to a weekend house party in their living room style space.
The space itself is unlike anything else West London currently has to offer, after ascending a (very) narrow staircase, you are welcomed into the living/dining room, where communal tables fill the large period room around the housemates’ knickknacks, shoes and art. This format just works, we were very quickly chatting to our neighboring guests, who had brought their own bottle of spirits thinking that they had been invited a friends dinner party rather than an outsourced one. After all, TLYD is providing just that – a space for food, drink and a wild night in the safety and comfort of ‘someone else’s home’.
Settled in, the sharing platters started arriving courtesy of The Wandering Chef. The theme of their new menu: American, thanks to their newly created, fictional fifth housemate, Hank. Fried onion sharts, salads and lettuce hearts in a cheese sauce provided a nice appetizer to go down with our fruity ‘Passion of Christ’ cocktails. Fancy this place is not, but we were too busy having fun to notice. Party games throughout dinner are the norm, and although we lost the poem writing competition, thankfully our next course arrived to bolster our spirits. The traditional Boston Clam chowder was thick and packed with shellfish, while the main platter was a smorgasbord of potato salads and spicy coleslaw, which would make any American’s heart flutter. Whilst the brined hotdogs were a novelty too far, the truffle mac and cheese and brisket were divine. Ribs and chicken wings finished us off, and let’s be honest, there’s no better way to get to know someone than to watch how they handle eating saucy ribs from a shared platter…
Once the food had been cleared away, we were invited to help tidy and set up for the rest of the evening. Little brownie bites of heaven paired with malted milkshake shots tempted us away from the cleanup operation, and upon returning, we found giant flashing cocktails waiting for us – à la Full Moon Party. These drinks, made in the little living room cocktail bar, provide a perfectly silly segway to the party section of the evening.
The Little Yellow Door can guarantee a fun soirée, with good food, potent drinks, and new friends to enjoy it all with. Come with your beau for an intimate dinner party during the week, and with friends to let loose at the weekend. Dancing on chairs, we were informed, is optional but advised.
TLYD theme the food every few months to suit the newest flatmates’ origins. They’ve had Italian, French, South American, British and now of course, American! Book now at https://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/notting-hill/the-little-yellow-door/the-ultimate-dinner-party
For anyone booking the FridaySupperClub get £5 off with special code ‘BLOG1’.