About the Area
Notting Hill is a fashionable district of West London, which is situated in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. To outsiders, Notting Hill is perhaps most associated with the 1999 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, which was set in the area. For Londoners, this location is perhaps better known as the home of the Portobello Market and the Notting Hill Carnival. This area has a diverse ethnic population, and is especially popular with Caribbean immigrants. Visitors to this area will find an assortment of Victorian-era buildings, boutique shops, high-end restaurants, artisan vendors, antique dealers, and sidewalk cafes and terraces. This is a great place to eat, drink, shop, relax, and take in some of the finest and most diverse culture London has to offer. This part of London was first developed in the 1820s. By the 1980s, it had become very run down, but a recent revitalization has turned the area into a desirable location for homeowners and business owners alike.
Places of Interest
Every morning, Portobello Road is flooded with shoppers and vendors for the Portobello Road Market. This popular street market is open every day except for Sundays, and is especially popular Fridays and Saturdays. The stalls at this market change depending on the day of the week, so there is always something different to take in. During the week, fresh fruit and vegetables are popular items, while antique vendors and clothing stalls dominate the weekend shopping days. And for those looking for even more fun and festivities, the Notting Hill Carnival takes place annually on the last Sunday and Monday in August. This carnival is the second largest carnival in the world. Every year, thousands of people take to the streets around Notting Hill for music, dancing, and partying, in a celebration led by members of London's South Indian and Caribbean communities. For those interested in dining, there is a wide assortment of restaurants in the area. Some of the most popular spots are: the Electric Brasserie (contemporary/wine bar) on Portobello Road, the Gate (Asian) on Notting Hill Gate, Pescheria Mattiucci (Italian/seafood) on Blenheim crescent, and Taqueria (Mexican) on Westbourne Grove. There are also a few banks scattered throughout the area, with most of the big institutions clustered around Notting Hill Gate tube station.
The main area of Notting Hill, which runs along Ladbroke Grove and is surrounded by city gardens, is accessible from three underground stations: Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove, and Holland Park. The Notting Hill Gate Station is on the Central and District Lines, Ladbroke Grove is on the District and Hammersmith & City lines, and Holland Park is part of the Central line. By bus, the area is accessible via lines 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328 and 452, as well as others. By car, the area is easily accessible from two major routes: the A40 (Westway) to the north, and the A320 (Holland Road) to the west. Parking in the area around Portobello road can be a challenge, especially on weekends when the market is busy, but there are several car parks just a few blocks away to the east.