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Living in Notting Hill

Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Notting Hill has been transformed over the last 30 years from the once poor neighbour to Chelsea and Kensington, into one of London’s most fashionable districts, filled with peaceful residential squares and stunning communal gardens.

Best known for:

Its diversity, the Notting Hill Carnival (Europe’s largest street party), Portobello Road market (a mecca for bargain hunters), its bohemian vibe and charm and, of course, the iconic movie Notting Hill (starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts).

Boroughs:

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, City of Westminster

Area:

Notting Hill is a wonderful balance of peace and tranquillity combined with the buzz and excitement of the city. Residents are attracted to the ‘bohemian-meets-cool’ atmosphere and the diverse mix of people and places, from the magical and idyllic garden squares, to the boutiques and café culture of Westbourne Grove, and the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate.

Social and cultural attractions:

Notting Hill is home to Europe’s largest street party – the Notting Hill Carnival. The huge range of bars, gastropubs and award-winning restaurants means you can experience excellent food and drink from all corners of the globe. The Electric Cinema and the Coronet show the latest blockbusters, while The Gate Picturehouse caters for those looking for something a little more art-house. Other attractions include The Museum of Brands Packaging and Advertising and The 20th Century Theatre.

Sports and leisure facilities:

As well as having many beautiful communal gardens, Notting Hill is close to the wide open spaces of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park. HollandPark is renowned for its KyotoGarden, sports facilities and picturesque walk to Kensington High Street. There are also a number of cycling routes, sports clubs, yoga and pilates centres.

Places of interest

  • Portobello Road Market
  • All Saints Church
  • George Orwell’s House
  • Museum of Brands
  • Colville Square Gardens
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Holland Park

Local authority

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
The Town Hall
Hornton Street
London
W8 7NX
020 7937 5464

Property available in Notting Hill

Whether you are searching for a highly sought after elegant stucco fronted family house, looking onto acclaimed communal gardens, a striking and contemporary apartment, or stylish studio flat; Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

History

When the Saxons arrived around AD700, the ‘sons of Cynesige’ founded Cheniston (Kensington) while the ‘sons of Cnotta’ moved further up the hill (Notting Hill). In 1836, ‘a racing emporium more extensive than Ascot or Epsom’ was created, with Portobello Lane forming its eastern boundary. The racecourse only lasted until 1842, by which time the hamlet of Notting Hill had turned into a village. It was known as ‘The Potteries and Piggeries’ because the first people who moved into the area were brick and pottery makers, closely followed by pig keepers. With the arrival of a railway line in 1864, the last remaining fields soon became covered by shops and homes.

After the Second World War the area became home to a large number of Afro-Caribbean immigrants. The Notting Hill Carnival emerged as an unofficial reply to the race riots of 1958, and the carnival has grown every year since. Its presence in the last weekend of August sees around one million people joining the party, backing up the claim that it is the world’s biggest street festival outside Rio.

In the Sixties and Seventies, Notting Hill became a vibrant countercultural home base for hippies, bohemians and musicians, playing everything from psychedelic rock to reggae. During the 1990s wealthy buyers moved into imposing homes set around communal gardens, and the area was transformed to make Notting Hill among London’s most desirable residential districts.

Getting to Notting Hill

Roads

  • M1
  • M3
  • M4
  • A3
  • M40

Rail

    London Paddington Station
  • London Victoria
  • London Marylebone

Air

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

Opulently Driven
Luxury Car Hire & London Chauffeur services
20 Hanover Square
Mayfair
London
W1S 1JY
0207 993 5848

 

Schools

    • Wetherby School
      11 Pembridge Square
      London
      W2 4ED
      020 7727 9571
    • Southbank International School
      36-38 Kensington Park Road
      London
      W11 3BU
      020 7229 8230
    • Pembridge Hall School
      18 Pembridge Square
      London
      W2 4EH
      020 7229 0121
    • Norland Place School
      162-166 Holland Park Avenue
      London W11 4UH
      020 7603 9103
    • Bassett House School
      60 Bassett Road
      London
      W10 6JP
      020 8969 0313
    • Notting Hill Preparatory School
      95 Lancaster Road
      London
      W11 1QQ
      020 7221 0727

Nursery Schools

  • Acorn Nursery
    2 Lansdowne Crescent
    London
    W11 2NH
    020 7727 2122
  • Ladbroke Square Montessori School
    43 Ladbroke Square
    London
    W11 3ND
    020 7229 0125

Bars and restaurants

Restaurants

        • Dock Kitchen
          Portobello Dock
          Notting Hill
          London
          W10 5BU
          020 8962 1610
          Dockkitchen.co.uk
        • Hereford Road Restaurant
          3 Hereford Road
          Westbourne Grove
          London
          W2 4AB
          020 7727 1144
          herefordroad.org
        • Snap + Rye
          93 Golborne Road
          London
          W10 5NL
          020 8964 3004
          snapsandrye.com
        • Pizza East
          310 Portobello Road
          London
          W10 5TA
          020 8969 4500
          pizzaeast.com
        • Nama Foods
          110 Talbot Road
          London
          W11 1JR
          020 7313 4638
          namafoods.com
        • Lisa’s
          3 Hereford Road
          305 Portobello Road
          London
          W10 5TD
          020 8964 8293
          lisasportobello.com
        • Goode & Wright
          271 Portobello Road
          London
          W11 1LR
          020 7727 5552
          goodeandwright.co.uk
        • Polpo
          126-128 Notting Hill Gate
          London
          W11 3QG
          020 7229 3283
          polpo.co.uk
        • Osteria Basilico
          29 Kensington Park Road
          Notting Hill Gate
          London
          W11 2EU
          020 7727 9957
          osteriabasilico.co.uk
        • Wormwood Restaurant
          16 All Saints Road
          London
          W11 1HH
          020 7854 1808
          wormwoodrestaurant.com
        • West Thirty Six
          36 Golborne Road
          North Kensington
          W10 5PR
          020 3752 0530
          westthirtysix.co.uk
        • E&O Pan Asian
          Fusion
          14 Blenheim Crescent
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 1NN
          020 7229 5454
          rickerrestaurants.com
        • The Ledbury
          Two Michelin Starred restaurant
          127 Ledbury Road
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2AQ
          020 7792 9090
          theledbury.com
        • The Shed
          Notting Hill Gate
          122 Palace Gardens Terrace
          Notting Hill
          London
          W8 4RT
          020 7229 4024
          theshed-restaurant.com
        • Marianne’s
          104 Chepstow Rd
          Notting Hill
          London
          W2 5QS
          020 3675 7750
          mariannerestaurant.com
        • Inaho
          4 Hereford Rd
          Notting Hill
          London
          W2 5QS
          020 7221 8495
        • Boom Burger
          272 Portobello Road
          Notting Hill
          London
          W10 5TY
          020 3675 7750
          boomburger.co.uk
        • Pix
          185 Portobello Road
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2ED
          0207 727 6978
          pix-bar.com
        • Santo
          299 Portobello Rd
          Notting Hill
          London
          W10 5TD
          0207 727 6978
          santolondres.com
        • Julies
          135 Portland Rd
          Holland Park
          London
          W11 4LW
          020 7229 8331
          juliesrestaurant.com
        • Daylesford
          208-212 Westbourne Grove
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2RH
          020 7313 8050
          daylesford.com
        • 202 Restaurant
          202 Westbourne Grove
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2RH
          020 7727 2722
          202london.com
        • Tom’ Deli
          226 Westbourne Grove
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2RH
          020 7221 8818
          tomcontanrestaurants.co.uk
        • Ottolenghi
          63 Ledbury Rd
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2AD
          020 7727 1121
          ottolenghi.co.uk
        • Carluccio’s
          Chepstow Corner
          108 Westbourne Grove
          London
          W2 5RU
          020 7243 8164
          carluccios.com
        • Granger & Co
          175 Westbourne Grove
          Notting Hill
          London
          W11 2SB
          020 7229 9111
          grangerandco.com

 

Pubs/Bars/Cocktail Bars

Clubs

          • MODE
            12 Acklam Road
            London
            W10 5QZ
            020 8354 3864
          • Shimmy
            58 Porchester Road
            London
            W2 6ET
            020 7727 9950
          • Notting Hill Arts Club
            21 Notting Hill Gate
            London
            W11 3JQ
            020 7460 4459
            nottinghillartsclub.com

Theatres, Art Spaces & Cinemas

 

Hospitals and medical practices

                  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
                    369 Fulham Road
                    London
                    SW10 9NH
                    020 8746 8000
                  • Notting Hill Medical Centre
                    14 Codrington Mews
                    London
                    W11 2EH
                    020 7727 5800
                  • The Pembridge Villas Surgery
                    45 Pembrigde Villas
                    London
                    W11 3EP
                    020 7727 2222