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Notting Hill Area Guide

People come to experience the excitement of the carnival or a bustling market day, but stay for the fantastic schools, host of amenities, abundant green space and characterful properties on offer in this multicultural bohemian hotspot.

Notting Hill is a leafy area with attractive garden squares clustering around the main thoroughfare of Ladbroke Grove

Notting Hill fact file

  • In the early 19th century, the area was known as the Piggeries and Potteries due to the production of bricks in local kilns and an influx of pig farmers.
  • The prominent Ladbroke family began the development of the area in the 1820s.
  • Notting Hill has survived some of its more chequered history, including bombings during WW2 and the race riots of the 1950s.
  • Since the mid-1960s, the vibrant Notting Hill Carnival has occurred annually across the August bank holiday weekend, drawing visitors from across the world for a joyful celebration of Caribbean culture.
  • Its property market enjoyed something of a revival in the late 1980s and 90s when many old Victorian and Edwardian houses were renovated, with some kept as large family homes and others split into fashionable apartment blocks.
  • The area is perhaps best known for the colourful facades of its iconic townhouses.

Shopping and amenities

The local shops are plentiful but if this is not enough, a short hop on the tube will take you to the world-famous department stores of Knightsbridge and Oxford Circus or the expansive Westfield Shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush.

There are an assortment of gyms and specialist fitness studios to choose from, offering everything from barre workouts to yoga and boxing. 

Going out

For a night at the movies, residents can choose between two grade II listed cinemas with traditional art deco interiors, the Electric Cinema and The Gate Picturehouse. 

Green space

Residents can take a short stroll to the glorious 265-acre Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, home to historic Kensington Palace and the Serpentine art gallery, which along with neighbouring Hyde Park offers a vast expanse of sweeping lawns and tree-lined avenues.


Residents of Notting Hill benefit from excellent transport links with a wide selection of bus routes and three tube stations in the vicinity. Chief among these is Notting Hill Gate, which marks the boundary between Zones 1 and 2 and is situated on the Circle, District and Central lines for regular speedy rail services traversing the capital, from Oxford Circus to Hammersmith to Stratford. 

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Explore Notting Hill at a glance!

Notting Hill has a bustling multicultural food scene, with an exceptional range of restaurants, bars and stylish artisan cafes.

  • Ottolenghi
    North African Cuisine

There are numerous independent boutiques and specialist shops on offer,including the famous Portobello market.

  • Daylesford
    Farm Produce

You are never short of spots to wet your whistle in Notting Hill.

Being so close to busy capital city, there is lots to do in Nortting hill, even when the carnival isn't on.

  • Holland Park
    Formal gardens

Families benefit from a great range of local schooling options in both the state and independent sector.

  • Colville Primary
    Primary School
  • Kensington Aldridge Academy
    Secondary School
  • Notting Hill Gate Bus stop
    Multiple routes
  • London City Airport
    11.1 miles from centre
  • Notting Hill Gate Underground station
    Circle, District and Central lines
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