I want to live in: Notting Hill
Winning the award for the most transformed area of London in the last fifty years, Notting Hill is now THE place to be based in London for chic families looking to live in a refined but lively area, with easy access to the city and the west end.
Map of Notting Hill boundaries… ish.
Where is it?
Notting Hill is the gateway to West London, with Notting Hill Gate underground station in Zone 1 on the Central line being the main transport thoroughfare.
What counts as Notting Hill?
As always, open to interpretation, but the boundary created by the Westway (the beginning of the A40 road leading out of London) give Notting Hill its northern border. Ladbroke Grove at the west separates it from its sister Holland Park, though the distinctive garden crescents that flank Ladbroke Grove on both sides would certainly be considered to be Notting Hill. At the east, Notting Hill starts becoming Bayswater somewhere to the west of Queensway, and if you live south of Notting Hill Gate, you’d be entitled to say that you live in Kensington.
Irene Suchocki/Eye Poetry
What will my home look like?
The classic Notting Hill pastel front houses that surround Portobello Road, and the stucco fronted crescents around Ladbroke Grove are all highly desirable, and priced accordingly. Around Ledbury Road you’ll find lovely smaller terraced roads and there are plenty of lovely mews houses all over the area. Though not as much as some other areas, there are always houses that have been split into flats if space is not so crucial, and there are new developments going up all the time, responding to the huge demand for homes in the area.
What can I do in my new manor?
There is no shortage of tourist attractions in Notting Hill. From the landmarks of the film of the same name, to the annual carnival which closes down the whole area for a weekend, you’ll find plenty of people have Notting Hill on their sightseeing agenda. As a local though, you’ll enjoy Saturday mornings ambling down Portobello, nursing a coffee and browsing the eclectic clothes and antiques market. You can celebrity spot at the street cafes on Westbourne Grove, or take a short stroll to Kensington Gardens, the west side of Hyde Park, with its lovely walks and huge playground.
Granger on Westbourne Grove
Is there anything to eat?
Notting Hill is possibly the best served of any London area for restaurants. The abundance of well heeled and social residents mean that restaurateurs are queuing up to open the next big thing as your local eatery. Brunch is big. Granger on Westbourne Grove is so popular that people queue round the corner, Ottolenghi is a Ledbury Road staple and The Ledbury gives the area its michelin starred kudos. Electric House on Portobello is an outpost of the Soho House members clubs, and has a brasserie downstairs that is open to the public, and a popular cinema.
Is there anything to drink?
Yes, loads. Some of London’s best pubs are here. From cool hipster destination The Cow, on northerly Westbourne Park Road to classic English watering hole, the Churchill Arms, at the very south on Kensington Church Street, you can’t really go wrong in the area… but think more gastro than pub crawl.
Portobello Road. Always busy.
What can I buy?
High fashion, chic boutique, bric a brac, it’s all here. Ledbury Road and Westbourne Grove boutiques, Portobello cool kids, and Golborne Road quirky vintage. This is truly a shopping destination.
What’s not to love?
Well, schools are tricky, and it’s very competitive to get into the best ones. The area is becoming a lot less diverse than it used to be, as locals are being forced out by soaring house prices. Oh yes, the soaring house prices. Huge desirability comes at a price, but once you’re in, you may never find a reason to leave.
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