Two centuries ago, Notting Hill was little more than a wasteland. It was in the mid-19th century that the area became residential, with the construction of the Norland and Ladbroke estates. Those crescent-shaped streets boast large and handsome terraced houses, around which beautiful communal garden squares are surrounded.

It is now a very affluent area, popular with both families and professionals but still retains much of its bohemian charm and cosmopolitan vibe, thanks in part to the large community of Afro-Caribbean residents who made the area home in the 1950s.

While there is a variety of restaurants and shops at Notting Hill Gate, the majority of the action in the area happens along world-famous Portobello Road, where the much-loved Saturday market takes place each week. The annual Notting Hill Carnival, which happens in August, is the largest street festival in Europe.

Schools

Colville Primary and Avondale Primary are two state primary options. The independent primaries include Wetherby (featured), Pembridge Hall and Notting Hill Prep.

Places to Eat

There is such a huge variety of restaurants and cafes in the area. Two Michelin starred The Ledbury (featured),  Ottolenghi and Polpo are just a few.

Nightlife

The Electric includes both a bar and a cinema, as well as a diner. Beach Blanket Babylon is a popular cocktail bar, and if you are looking to let your hair down The Rum Kitchen (featured) never fails to disappoint. 

Green Spaces & Recreation

Kensington Gardens and Holland Park (featured) are both just a short walk away.