Area Guide: Notting Hill
Notting Hill is one of London’s most Instagrammable areas, with iconic pastel-coloured houses and a bustling, world famous market on its doorstep. It plays host to Europe’s biggest street festival every year, the Notting Hill Carnival, and it’s brimming with trendy bars, fantastic restaurants and one off shops.
Notting Hill really is the best of both worlds. Centrally located, you are a moments walk from Hyde Park and Oxford Street, but with a buzzy village, community vide. Traditionally thought to be a super exclusive and expensive area, Property Guardianship is opening up the area to a new generation of Londoners. With monthly room prices on average 47% cheaper than traditional rent, it’s no wonder that more people are looking to become a Notting Hill Property Guardian.
You will be the envy of all your friends, because not only is Notting Hill super central, it is also really well serviced by transport links across London. Notting Hill Gate is the main Tube station in the area. It is served by the Central line, District line and Circle line. There is also Westbourne Park station and Ladbroke Grove station, both on the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines.
All stations are in Zone 2 and the annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs approx. £1,400 per year.
There are also a number of London bus routes servicing Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate, offering connections across London, 24 hours a day.
Neighbourhood restaurants and independent cafes dominate in Notting Hill and wherever you turn you will find something unique.
One of the most popular local spots is Granger and co, offering legendary breakfasts, served at the famous central communal table. Famous for fresh food in a friendly, relaxed setting this is a popular little brunch spot, so it is worth trying to book.
For more exotic flavours head to the buzzing E&O restaurant for a pan-Asian tapas fusion and delicious cocktails, that are out of this world. Another popular spot with locals is Essenza. A small and intimate Italian restaurant with a stylish and contemporary interior, located in the heart of Notting Hill Gate.
Notting Hill is home to many great pubs and there really is something for everyone. For a quiet pint, head to one of Notting Hills traditional pubs such as the Hillgate, The Cow and the Ladbroke Arms.
If you are into your music you will love The Elgin, which hosts a diverse mix of live music throughout the week.
Trailer Happiness is a retro Californian hideaway, oozing kitsch and cool. Just off London’s Portobello Road, it serves classic tiki cocktails.
Fancy staying out a bit later? Notting Hill Arts Club is the place to go. One big, colourful fiesta it is filled with music, art and plenty of big speakers. Big-name DJs and artists to have performed at the club include Bruno Mars and Lily Allen. The have something different each night of the week, from House Party Friday, complete with old school tunes and free sweets, to fun house Wednesdays, offering £2.50 drinks and £1 entry before 11pm.
Things to do.
You are never short of things to do in Notting Hill, you have some much right on your door step. But you can’t talk about Notting Hill without mentioning Portobello Road Market. The main market days are Friday and Saturday, although a smaller market takes place from Monday to Thursday. Nearly a kilometre long, Portobello market is jam packed with over 1000 boutique traders selling everything from antiques, clothes, fresh produce and much more.
Every August Bank Holiday Notting Hill comes alive with culture, colour and music, as millions of people celebrate Europe’s biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival. Streets are filled with intricate costumes, steel bands, Calypso music and a variety of mouth-watering food.
Notting Hill is also a fantastic place to find small, independent art galleries such as Salon Contemporary and Graffik – a gallery dedicated to urban art.