Our area guide to Notting Hill gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out. Postcodes covered by this area guide include, W11
This west London village, immortalised on the silver screen in the film ‘Notting Hill’, has become one of the most desirable of Capital’s residential addresses in the last 20 years. W11 is also known as a bohemian district within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, home to one of the largest and loudest of European summer Carnivals festivals, and a serious antiques & collectibles markets rolled into one of Portobello Road.
Notting Hill was little more than a wasteland two centuries ago with residential developments taking off only in mid 19th century. Since then it has had its ups and downs: from splendid Victorian stucco terraced houses of the Ladbroke and Norland Estates to slums of ‘Piggeries and Potteries’ for which Notting Hill was to be avoided by any serious property developer’s plans for almost a century. Things were very bad straight after the Second World War and throughout fifties and sixties.
Since 1980s with the advent of the business boom, many buildings were converted back to single-occupation family houses and the only migrants moving into the area have been bankers, interior designers, internet rich kids, and crowds of publicity rich A-listers. Ladbroke Grove, Ledbury Road, Westbourne Grove, Kensington Park Roar, Blenheim Crescent, Lansdowne Crescent to name but a few are today all exclusive Notting Hill addresses. With tidy, stucco-fronted, pillar-porched fronts overlooking some of London’s most beautifully manicured private and communal gardens.
Designers shops, art galleries and trendy eateries are many in Notting Hill and one is truly spoilt for choice. Notting Hill Gate tube station, the main transport hub for the area, is on the Central, Circle and District Lines. The closest airport to Notting Hill is Heathrow Airport, just a 20 minute train journey from the nearby Paddington Station.
Guide to Notting Hill transport links:
- Holland Park (Central Line) (Zone 2)
- Notting Hill Gate (Circle Line, District Line) (Zone 2, Zone 1)
- Westbourne Park (Hammersmith & City Line) (Zone 2)
Council Tax Rates
Notting Hill is is represented by Kensington and Chelsea Council, Westminster Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.