- Transport links
- Schools and services
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
Introduction to Notting Hill
Notting Hill has always had a reputation as one of London’s more ethnically diverse areas. This has led to
Notting Hill turning in to something quite charming.
From the colourfully painted houses, and the extensive number of music venues, to the high number of bric-a-brac and antique shops, Notting Hill is upbeat and trendy.
Notting Hill, for many years, was influenced heavily by Afro-Caribbean culture. This led to it becoming one of London’s leading areas for Blues, Ska and Reggae music performers to live. This in turn, prompted the development of a number or art schools and other institutions. Further promoting Notting Hill as a trendy area.
Modern day Notting Hill is a little different. It has thrown off its working class image of the 1960s and 1970s and has developed in to a charming area, with plenty of shopping opportunities, and lots of quaint street cafes.
And of course, there is the world famous Notting Hill Carnival each year. One of London’s top entertainment events.
Notting Hill does have a handful of small community parks. But when it comes to green spaces, the best are those that are just a short walk away. These include Hyde Park, possibly London’s top community park. And also Kensington Gardens.
Notting Hill House Prices
Notting Hill is one of London’s most quickly developing residential areas, and property prices in the last year have reflected this. Flats and apartments sold on average for just over £970,000. Terraced houses sold for almost £4 million, and semi-detached property sold on average for just over £10 million.
Transport links in Notting Hill
Notting Hill is very close to the centre of London, and therefore does not have a main line rail station. However, Notting Hill London Underground Station is conveniently located on three different lines.
The Central Line, Circle Line and District Line. It is less than 10 minutes in to the City of London from Notting Hill.
Bus routes head through Notting Hill, heading in towards the city, and also out towards the suburbs such as Golders Green and South Kensington.
Schools in Notting Hill & public services
Notting Hill is truly blessed by the number of great schools it has, and also the quality. This is a major reason why families find Notting Hill a great place to live. The most popular primary schools are Colville Primary School and Avondale Park Primary School and for older children there is Holland Park School.
In true Notting Hill style, facilities are quite quirky. For example, The Library is actually a gym, that helps people learn how to get fit with free personal trainers. Of course, there is also a standard library in Notting Hill that is open 6 days a week.
Restaurants and Bars in Notting Hill
There are masses of great quality entertainment and nightlife options to be found in Notting Hill. Everything from traditional English pubs to major national music venues, and even a community arts centre. There are restaurants to suit every taste, with heavy ethnic influences, you really can find just about every style of food in Notting Hill.
Bars/Pubs: When it comes to traditional English pubs, there are two that are worthy of note in Notting Hill. Firstly, The Ladbroke Arms. This is a popular family pub, and it does get quite busy in the evenings and at weekends, it serves good inexpensive food and drink. The other is The Earl of Lonsdale. This is a little more upmarket, and serves some great traditional ales, something of a gastropub but without the expense.
Restaurants: There are dozens of great restaurants in Notting Hill. Those that really stand out are Ledbury, one of the top London restaurants. Electric Diner and The Rum Kitchen are also worth mentioning. As is Recipease, owned and operated by Jamie Oliver.
Other Entertainment: On August Bank Holiday each year, the Notting Hill Carnival takes place. This is a party event that is known around the world, and indeed it has become one of London’s top tourist attractions in its own right. The Notting Hill Arts Club is an eclectic venue used to host everything from art fairs, to live music. The Electric Cinema and The Gate Cinema are modern cinemas, showing all of the latest movie releases.