About this office
The team of sales and lettings agents at our Notting Hill branch have over 50 years combined industry experience, are highly knowledgeable about the local area and pride themselves on their ability to nurture strong, lasting relationships with their clients. In addition to Notting Hill itself, the team cover Holland Park, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington and Bayswater.
Why move to Notting Hill?
Affluent Notting Hill is one of the most desirable residential districts in London, steeped in history, culture and diversity. 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.
A little bit of history
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, with many streets bearing their name to this day, which was facilitated by the arrival of rail connections. Notting Hill has survived some of its more chequered history, including bombings during WW2 and the race riots of the 1950s, to emerge as the cosmopolitan hub we know today. Since the mid-1960s, the vibrant Notting Hill Carnival has occurred annually across the August bank holiday, drawing visitors from across the world for a joyful celebration of Caribbean culture.
Architecture and property
Notting Hill was not always one of London’s most exclusive residential areas, but 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, but it also boasts a range of new build developments suitable for young families.
Shopping and amenities
Portobello Road is a Notting Hill institution and a must for visitors to the area, housing the famous market 6 days a week with an array of stalls selling everything from local produce and hot food to antiques and fashion. There are numerous independent boutiques and specialist shops on offer, including One of a Kind vintage where fashionistas can browse for hidden gems and Daylesford farm shop where you can pick up ethically sourced produce. As if this was 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.
Notting Hill has a bustling multicultural food scene, with an exceptional range of restaurants, bars and stylish artisan cafes, from delicious North African inspired dishes at Ottolenghi to contemporary Italian at Chucs and American classics at the Electric Diner. There is no shortage of fine dining options, with The Ledbury and Core boasting two Michelin stars apiece.
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.
Notting Hill is a leafy area with attractive garden squares clustering around the main thoroughfare of Ladbroke Grove, however if this does not suffice then residents can take a short stroll to the pretty formal gardens of Holland Park or 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.
Families benefit from a great range of local schooling options in both the state and independent sector, including Colville Primary, Thomas Jones Primary, St Clement and St James CofE, Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School and Kensington Aldridge Academy, a secondary school with sixth form. Independent schools in the area include Wetherby and Notting Hill Preparatory Schools, Chepstow House and Tabernacle School. The Southbank International School provides International Baccalaureate education for students aged 3-19, who currently represent over 70 countries.
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.