Welcome to Notting Hill
The pastel-hued homes are most definitely part of this London neighbourhood’s charm. Known as a warm and welcoming neighbourhood, Notting Hill more than lives up to its portrayal on the silver screen. Markets, galleries, boutiques and a flourishing music scene keep residents and visitors suitably entertained. Excellent schooling, coveted private gardens and a who’s-who list of A-list residents mean the most sought-after properties are quickly snapped up.
Did you know?
Every year, the world’s largest carnival - outside of Rio De Janeiro - fills Notting Hill’s streets with costumes, music and dance.
Stella McCartney, Robbie Williams and Damon Albarn have all called Notting Hill home.
Notting Hill has featured in iconic films and fiction, from its namesake Hollywood feature to Paddington Bear.
Living in Notting Hill puts you at the heart of one of London’s most popular regions. Naturally, the famous Portobello Road market attracts tourists, buyers and browsers alike, but the lesser-known side streets are a haven of cafes, galleries and spaces to relax in. Notting Hill’s colourful houses are desirable to an eclectic range of property buyers, with homes in Connaught Square and Ladbroke Estate commanding the area’s highest prices.
Families benefit from the many excellent schools in Notting Hill, with parents looking to move close to Thomas Jones Primary School and Portobello Road’s Colville Primary School. For older children, the Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Kensington Aldridge Academy ensures families can stay in the area throughout their child’s school and sixth form years. Few London addresses can boast the transport links of Notting Hill. With Paddington Station less than 15 minutes away, and Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove stations providing easy access to the Circle, District and Central lines, commuting across London couldn’t be easier. Cycling is an often popular option too. The route to Oxford Circus passes Kensington Gardens, with the option to take a detour through Hyde Park. Notting Hill’s charming and eclectic streets are full of Gastronomy, art, and gardens, along with more than a few destination pubs, ensuring that you have plenty of options come the weekend and evening.
The best of Notting Hill: things to do
There’s absolutely no shortage of organic, plant-based and wholesome food in Notting Hill. Restaurants here go the extra mile to source heritage vegetables, nutritional produce and sustainable foods.
Core by Clare Smyth
If you’re looking for a true showstopper, book into three Michelin-starred restaurant, Core. Airy, elegant surroundings pair with a focus on natural, sustainable culinary creations to create a very special dining experience.
This homely yet refined restaurant on All Saints Road has an ever-changing menu that’s too mouth-watering to ignore. Seasonal and full of foodie buzzwords, 7 Saints is a perfect choice for both a weekday meal and a weekend celebration.
Farmacy’s plant-based, seasonal and eco-conscious menu is delicious. Served within a light and airy setting, with a modern-rustic feel, most of their ingredients are grown on their own farm in Kent. The rest is carefully sourced from local and sustainable producers.
Chic and stylish bars with excellent interior design compete with destination pubs in Notting Hill to deliver a buzzing nightlife scene. Flower-decked terraces and art-filled walls are the ideal settings for a catchup with friends on a Friday night.
The Saloon bar at The Cow prides itself on serving up prime pub fare, specialising in top-quality seafood and meat. So, if you drop by for a pint of Guinness, expect to be offered a plate of oysters to go with it. With 25 years of history, this is a Notting Hill establishment you don’t want to miss.
The Ladbroke Arms
The flower-decked exterior of the Ladbroke Arms is an inviting spot for refreshments. Always pleasantly busy with residents, the shining star at this friendly pub is its wine list. New world wines let you stray from the more traditional options, although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a classic.
Beach Blanket Babylon
Most people visit Beach Blanket Babylon for the rococo interiors alone, but we have to highlight the cocktails. Whether they’re an accompaniment to dinner on Saturday night or a post-work treat, you’ll be sure to find a new favourite - all in the most luxurious settings imaginable.
You don’t have to stay home if you want to watch a movie from the comforts of an armchair. Notting Hill’s plush cinemas range from the extremely laid back to a vintage night of theatrical glamour.
Notting Hill Arts Club
For over two decades, the Notting Hill Arts Club has opened its doors to a diverse array of ground-breaking music artists. No two club nights are the same and the space offers a real chance to see the UK’s next big name before everyone else.
If watching the latest indie and blockbuster movies from plush armchairs, sofas and even beds appeals, you’ll love Portobello Road’s Electric Cinema. Rarely has moviegoing felt so relaxed. Don’t miss the suitably swish cocktails and sizeable cinema snacks served from the bar.
For a cinema experience with a vintage feel, the opulent screening room at The Gate shouldn’t be missed. Theatrical stylings aside, the movies here tend towards the art house and independent end of the spectrum. You’ll love the organic, fair trade and gourmet refreshments available too.
Some might say that Notting Hill’s markets were placed more firmly on the map with a little help from Hugh Grant and Richard Curtis, but these vibrant and energetic events have been attracting visitors for decades. Do drop by for a browse, before heading to the area’s lesser-known galleries and museums.
Portobello road Market
London’s most famous market needs little introduction. Saturdays are the main day to pick up anything from prized antiques to desirable vintage clothing pieces. Though, if you drop by Monday to Friday, the market may be smaller - and the road a little quieter, allowing you more browsing room.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Drop into this museum for a fascinating look at the evolution of commercial art and the chance to reminisce about days gone by. The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising houses exhibits dating back as far as the 1800s and its vintage prints are always a hit.
For something a little more cutting edge, the walls at Graffik Gallery showcase the work of street art’s leading names. You can see exhibitions and take part in workshops at their Portobello Road gallery or pick up exclusive releases - including signed Banksy prints.
Property in Notting Hill
Notting Hill’s best known for its gorgeous homes in all colours of the rainbow, though its streets of grand stucco-fronted period properties are just as desirable. Properties that have access to the area’s famous communal gardens always go at a premium, as do those with a roof terrace or private gardens. The Notting Hill community is well-rounded, with those in the arts rubbing shoulders with residents that have lived here for generations, alongside newcomers working in finance or consulting.
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Young professionals are drawn into Notting Hill by its colourful history and scenic streets, while families are attracted by the truly excellent schooling in the area. Any properties near Westbourne Grove or the Ladbroke Estate will be snapped up in a heartbeat, while in W2, Cleveland Square and Connaught Square remain the most desirable addresses.
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The prestige and central location of Notting Hill means that properties here go at a premium. Plenty of larger Victorian homes have been divided into flats perfect for young professionals, though there are plenty of sizeable homes available for a growing family. School catchment areas, proximity to Westbourne Grove or Portobello Road, and outside space will all impact a property’s price.
Marsh & Parsons in the Notting Hill community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
Cleveland Square Children’s Party
This beautiful square in Bayswater, Notting Hill, established in 1855, was only transformed into the peaceful gardens we see today by the Cleveland Square Residents’ Association in the mid-1990s. The square is carefully maintained and, for the most part, is kept under lock and key. For only 21 days a year, the garden is open to the public and the residents make the most of it by holding events including the Cleveland Square Children’s Party.Find out more
Supporting local businesses
We stopped by Penny Blooms and Beans Florists to hear more about bringing the beauty of Chelsea’s famous gardens into people’s homes and spoke with the owners of Meson Don Felipe about tapas, creating a little bit of Spain in the UK, and what they love about Central London.Find out more