What is Notting Hill like?
It’s an area of sophisticated dining, high-class shopping and some of London’s most desirable properties, which range from the quaint to the grand.
With more garden squares than most other parts of London, and Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park nudging its south-eastern corner, Notting Hill’s leafiness is a major draw for families and young professionals looking for glamour and homeliness.
Although our focus is, naturally, on Notting Hill, we also reach into parts of North Kensington, Holland Park and the prime areas of Bayswater.
Property in Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s property is famous for its sheer variety and quality. Most characteristic are the beautiful, low-built period houses on garden squares — large communal gardens situated behind the properties that provide exclusive havens of space and tranquillity — while imposing townhouses contrast with mews houses and cottages.
The largely Victorian housing stock is an attractive blend of stucco and London stock brick; this happy blend of scale, character and colour gives Notting Hill the air of a pretty and highly cosmopolitan village.
For grand townhouses, look in Kensington Park Gardens, Ladbroke Square or Norland Square, or head to Bassett Road or Oxford Gardens in North Kensington
For houses on a private communal garden, head to Landsdowne Crescent, Landsdowne Road or Elgin Crescent, to name but a few.
For cottagey prettiness, try Princedale Road and Portland Road.
For period conversion flats, go to Stanley Gardens and Pembridge Square.
The local scene
A beguiling blend of the chic and the bohemian, Notting Hill gets its buzz from the eclectic Portobello Road with its seductive array of antiques and bric-a-brac, and from the annual Carnival, which lends a multi-cultural edge.
High street names rub shoulders with chic boutiques at Notting Hill Gate; Ledbury Road and Westbourne Grove are magnets for the smart and the cool, while specialist bookshops and food shops cater for the most recherché interests. Film buffs are well catered for, with the Gate Cinema presenting a rich programme of art films and the latest releases shown at the Electric, an Art Deco gem.
Notting Hill Gate Station provides District and Circle Line services south to Kensington and on to Wimbledon, and Central Line trains direct to the West End and the City. Paddington Station, with it’s excellent Heathrow link, is also within easy reach.
The A40, just to the north, heads West to Heathrow Airport and the motorway network.
Schools in Notting Hill
Notting Hill Prep
St Mary Abbotts