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Notting Hill is in west London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the City of Westminster. The Westway (A40) is the northern border, Queensway to the east, Holland Park Avenue to the south and Holland Road (A3220) to the west.


Notting Hill was rural until the westward expansion of London reached Paddington & Bayswater in the early nineteenth century, and the main landowner in Notting Hill was the Ladbroke family, hence Ladbroke Square and Ladbroke Grove. In the early nineteenth century part of the area around Pottery Lane was used for making bricks and tiles out of the heavy clay dug in the area. Notting Hill was very run down until the early 1980’s when the area benefitted from gentrification. Notitng Hill is now an affluent area bordering super-prime Holland Park. When the Saxons arrived around AD700, the ‘sons of Cnotta’ moved to what is now know as Notting Hill). In 1842 the hamlet of Notting Hill had turned into a village. The area was known as ‘The Potteries and Piggeries’ because the first people who moved into the area were brick and pottery makers, followed by pig keepers. After the arrival of a railway line in 1864, the last remaining fields soon became covered by shops and homes.

After the Second World War, Notting Hill became home to a large number of Afro-Caribbean immigrants and the Notting Hill Carnival was created as an unofficial reply to the race riots of 1958. In the Sixties and Seventies, Notting Hill became a vibrant countercultural home base for hippies, bohemians and musicians, playing everything from psychedelic rock to reggae. During the 1990s wealthy buyers moved into imposing homes set around generously sized communal gardens, and ever since the area has transformed into one of London’s most desired residential districts.


Notting Hill is home to one of London’s most varied collections of different types of property. The area is well known for it’s grand town houses overlooking beautiful communal gardens as featured in the 1999 film ‘Notting Hill’ such as Ladbroke Square and Kensington Park Gardens. Also worth checking out for houses are stunning Landsdowne and Elgin Crescent. Notting Hill is one of the most characteristic locations in Central London with it’s many pastel coloured Victorian houses especially on Portobello Road (pictured), popular with the young international crowd looking to live in the hustle and bustle of the area.

Stunning white stucco fronted Victorian villas line the streets of both Dawson Place and Pembridge Place. Pembridge Square and Stanley Gardens are home to some of Notting Hill’s smartest period conversion flats. You will also find Georgian architecture in and around Artesian Road, ideally located behind Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road, known as the ‘Artesian Village’, popular with people looking to buy a conversion or a house.


Notting Hill has been transformed over the past thirty years from the previously poor neighbour to Chelsea and Kensington, into one of London’s most fashionable districts. The area is best known for it’s diversity and is host to Europe’s largest carnival during the last weekend of August with around one million people joining the party, backing up the claim that it is the world’s biggest street festival outside Rio. The famous Portobello Road market is a huge attraction for market shopping or you can browse the boutique shops of Westbourne Grove or Ledbury Road. The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road is one of London’s original independent cinemas. It is also worth mentioning ever popular restaurants Beach Blanket Bablylon on Ledbury Road and Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove, which seems to endlessly have a queue of people wanting to get in.


Wetherby School, Pembridge Hall School and Notting Hill Preparatory School are among the best in London.