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Notting Hill London guide

26 August 2014 Carly Klineberg Read time: 3 min
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Carly Klineberg

It’s a little bit terrifying when you stop and think about how much time has passed since Hugh Grant brought fame to Notting Hill London. That floppy hair and those awkward yet adorable advances towards the gorgeous Julia Roberts put this London neighbourhood on the map and now groups of adoring fans take the walking tour in the hope that Hugh might still be there.


Bike in the rain
                                                Photo credit: Kayo Julio Cesar Pereira on Flickr 

He's probably not there. But that's fine, because there is a lot more Notting Hill than just Hugh Grant!

Head to land of pastel-coloured houses to discover great restaurants and bars, a happening nightlife, high-end shopping and one of London’s best markets. Despite a sordid history, Notting Hill has transformed into one of the fancier, more desired districts of London with an influx of some of the city's rich and famous.

Notting Hill really is a hill with its summit around Ladbroke Grove. So if you feel like living the high life, check out the scene in Notting Hill. A comfortable, fashionable place to live and a fun place to visit – there’s something for everyone.

Flat window in Notting Hill                                                       Photo credit: Simone Merli on Flickr 

Notting Hill on a map

Notting Hill is an affluent neighbourhood in West London. It falls under the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and features W2, W10 and W11 postcodes. 

Notting Hill history

Believe it or not, but Notting Hill had a history long before Hugh Grant charmed his way into town. Reference of the area dates to  the Patent Rolls of 1356, where it appears as Knottynghull

During the 19th century, pig farmers moved into the after being forced out of Marble Arch (we promise we're not making this up) and Avondale Park was created in 1892 out of a former area of pig slurry called "the Ocean". 

By the mid-20th century, the area became deprived and was largely seen as an unpleasant place to live, often being referred to as "one of the worst places in London". In the 1980s, however, the area slowly started becoming popular again. This was expedited in 1997 with the film Notting Hill, which played a key role in making it one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the capital.  

Renting in Notting Hill

Notting Hill homes

White-stucco fronted properties, as well as pretty pastel-coloured homes line Notting Hill. The vibrant colours help the houses stick out as some of the most colourful in London, and they often feature on imagery representing the capital. 

Notting Hill travel

Notting Hill tube station

Four underground lines serve the are of Notting Hill, the Central Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Circle Line and District Line. There's also a good local bus service, with many going directly into the West End. 

Where to Eat and Drink

Hummingbird Bakery

One word: cupcakes. Big ones, small ones (no wait, who wants small cupcakes?), icing, sugar, sprinkles, sugar, sugar… Hummingbird Bakery’s delicious goodies have become world famous and you can visit their original store in Notting Hill’s Portobello Markets. Go and treat yourself – cake is good for the soul.

Address: 133 Portobello Road 
Notting Hill, London 
W11 2DY
Telephone: 020 7851 1795
Hummingbird bakery cupcake                                                       Photo credit: Knar Bedian on Flickr 

The Ledbury

For those looking for something a little bit special and wanting to sample some of Britain’s most prized gastronomic delights, book a table at the two Michelin starred Ledbury restaurant. Head chef, Brett Graham, and his highly skilled team present a menu that will impress even the choosiest of taste buds.

Address: 127 Ledbury Road 
Notting Hill, London
 W11 2AQ
Telephone: 020 7792 9090

The Churchill Arms

Come here for an after work pint and stay on for a bite from their interesting and exceptionally tasty Thai food menu. A great range of curries, noodles and rice dishes are whipped up and served in their butterfly-themed conservatory. Yes, butterflies.

Address: 119 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill, London W8 7LN
Telephone: 020 7727 4242

The Electric Diner

Electric Dinner interior

You can start your day here with a hearty breakfast, stay for lunch, and keep on going for dinner and party into the wee-hours with drinks and a bit of dancing. The Electric Diner caters for all of your eating and drinking needs, no matter what time of day. Serving Franco-American style food and a great range of drinks, this ain’t your average diner – it’s electric!

Address: 191 Portobello Road,
 London, W11 2ED
Telephone: 020 7908 9696

Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market

Dating back to the 1800s, the Portobello Road Market has evolved and changed throughout the years and is now one of London’s hippest markets. You will find a little bit of everything here – antiques, posters, vintage clothes and food – with over 1000 dealers there is a great assortment of shops and stalls. The main market days are Friday and Saturday but there is a smaller market open throughout the week.

Address: Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road Notting Hill, London, W11 1AN
Telephone: 020 7727 7684

Bankrobber Gallery

Bankrobber Gallery is an independent, small, cosy, edgy gallery showcasing the art of some of the best young talent London has to offer. It’s particularly known for displaying works of elusive street-graffiti artist Banksy. The nearest tube stop is Ladbroke Grove.

Shopping

If you need some retail therapy then Notting Hill is a great place to go. From favourites like Space NK for beauty and Kurt Geiger for shoes, you'll find up-market boutiques along Westbourne Grove and other popular retail outlets like American Apparel mixed in with charity and vintage shops.

Westbourne Grove

The Notting Hill Carnival

You can't mention Notting Hill without reference to the Notting Hill Carnival, London's most electric street festival. What started in the 1960s as a celebration of West Indian culture has evolved into one of the world's most recognised street parties. It takes place once a year, transforming Notting Hill into an explosion of colour, music and great vibes. 

Notting Hill Carnival

Do you have any more favourite hang outs in Notting Hill? Well LET US KNOW in the comments below and why. We're always updating the blog so it's great to get some tips :) thanks guys! 

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