From Europe's largest festival to high-end restaurants and the renowned weekly antiques market, get the lowdown on Notting Hill with our guide on everything you need to know about one of London's most popular areas.
Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, is situated on the boundary between Zones 1 and 2. In West London, Notting Hill's neighbouring areas include Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Rise and Westbourne Grove.
Where to go
At one kilometre in length, Portobello Road Market is one of London's largest markets, which attracts locals and tourists alike. With fruit and veg stalls lining the street, antique sellers, vintage clothing outlets and chain stores, the market caters to every possible taste. Some of London's finest eating establishments can also be found here, with the Michelin starred, multi-award winning Ledbury located on Ledbury Road offering tasting and vegetarian menus, as well as the usual a la carte. E&O offers pan-Asian cuisine and a chance to celebrity spot, while Bumpkin provides delicious, hearty food. The Electric Diner on Portobello Road offers a more casual ambience for those looking for a more relaxing dining experience. There are plenty of traditional pubs in the area including The Hillgate, The Elgin and The Ladbroke Arms. For those looking for more glamour, the flamboyant Beach Blanket Babylon serves a mean cocktail.
As one of Europe's biggest street festivals, the famous Notting Hill Carnival pulls huge crowds each year. Participants can expect to see a full range of Caribbean culture, with huge parade floats, marching bands and steel bands, Calypso music and a plethora of mouth-watering food available. The Gate Theatre stages performances throughout the year, with past and current plays including The Unknown Island, Earth, Wind and Fire and Suzy Storck.
Notting Hill Gate is the main underground station within the area and is served by the Central, District and Circle lines. Nearby underground stations that offer easy access to Portobello Road are Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
There are a number of different London bus routes servicing Notting Hill Gate. These include the 27 to Chalk Farm, 28 to Kensal Rise, and the 328 to Golders Green.
Denbigh Under Fives pre-school is a private school for ages two to five. Southbank International is a private school for children aged between three and eleven. Southbank's ethos is to teach pupils to be independent, confident, curious, and lifelong learners. Nearby Wetherby Kensington is an independent school for boys aged four to eight.
Schools for older children include St James Senior Girls' School, a private school for girls aged between eleven to eighteen, Holland Park School, and St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College, a private school for girls between the ages of sixteen to eighteen.
The property market
The average price for a terraced house in Notting Hill currently stands at £3,973,839, with a semi-detached property costing £6,293,000, and an average flat selling for £1,094,000.Properties for sale in Notting Hill
Winkworth Notting Hill
178 Westbourne Grove
020 7727 3227