Notting Hill Area Guide

Brief history to Notting Hill

Famous for both the Notting Hill Carnival and the Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill is a beautiful, colourful and cosmopolitan area of Central and West London. Once known for its 'potteries and piggeries' the area is now a hub of cultural activity and is highly sought after.

The name Notting Hill was first mentioned in the 1356 patent rolls and appears as 'Knottynghull', however the origins of the name have been questioned throughout history. In 1878 the Old & New London text claimed the name derived from a manor in Kensington called 'Knutting-Barnes' owned by the Abbot of Westminster.

Pottery Lane was renowned for making bricks, during the 1800s, and tiles from the clay dug up within the area, however, the only remaining tile kiln left in London today is located on Walmer Road. When pig farmers were forced out of Marble Arch they came to reside in the area. Avondale Park was created in 1892 out of a former pig farm, as part of the general clear up became known as the 'potteries and piggeries'.

During the 1800s the Ladbroke family were the main landowners and it was James Weller Ladbroke who began redeveloping the area. Many of the streets today still contain the Ladbroke name. Ladbroke commissioned architect Thomas Allason who designed the first communal gardens which are unique to this London borough and were once named 'pleasure grounds' or 'paddocks'.

Heavily bombed in WWII Notting Hill became a run-down area of Central and West London until Bruce Kinrick founded the Notting Hill Housing Trust to regenerate the area. He later went on to found Shelter a housing organisation and charity both of which are still in effect today.

Today the area celebrates the Notting Hill Carnival during the August bank holiday. The streets become a wash with colour and the atmosphere is electric. With its Caribbean theme your senses will be attacked by the aroma of street food stalls, the sound of the steel drums and the sight of so many vibrant colours swishing past in the parade. Take a stroll down the Portobello Road and alongside the famous market, almost a kilometre long it is the world's largest antiques market with over 1000 traders.

Types of Property in Notting Hill

Notting Hill is renowned for its attractive terraced streets lined with Victorian townhouses, painted bright colours and pastel shades they have become increasingly desirable. There are stunning stucco-fronted properties with pillar-porches, and as a direct result of the genius Thomas Allason, the area contains many small private communal garden squares.

More modernistic buildings exist alongside their period counterparts namely the Trellick Tower. Built in the 1970s by Erno Goldfinger, who was the inspiration behind the character of James Bond, the tower is an incredible design statement of the era.

Average rental prices

To rent a studio apartment in Notting Hill you will expect to pay in the region of £247.75 per week. For a one bedroom flat you can expect to pay £509.25 per week and a two bedroom property will cost you approximately £793.75 per week.

Council Tax banding in Notting Hill ranges from A – £711.19 to H – £2,133.58. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Notting Hill

The area attracts professionals and families, bankers and a mass of creative types, musicians, artists and fashion designers. It's charm and lively atmosphere has tempted many well know residents into the area, Patsy Kensit, Claudia Schiffer, Van Morrison to name but a few.

What to do in Notting Hill

The district is adjoined by Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, if you're in need of green space, walks, boating or tennis then Notting Hill is the perfect area. A visit to The Travel Bookshop, featured in the Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant film Notting Hill, on the Portobello Road is a must. Along which lies the market where you'll find everything from fruit and veg, antiques and vintage clothing.

Fine dining is found at The Ledbury restaurant, it holds 2 Michelin stars and has won restaurant of the year. For English foodies Hereford Road is a must, for those with a more exotic taste then E&O is the place to be. The Humingbird Bakery is another of Central and West London's best kept secrets, home to a choice of unique and delicious cakes.

For a quirky and different type of Museum pay a visit to The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. With over 12,000 items that map the onset of consumer culture this is certainly not to be missed. The Electric Cinema on Portobello road is renowned for its luxurious take on the cinema experience. Relax and enjoy your film lounging on sofas, feet up on foot stalls and a bar service on tap.


There are fantastic transport links in and out of Notting Hill. Underground stations are at Holland Park, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate and Westbourne Park.

Bus Routes are under the Bayswater and Queensway area.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

There are many schools and colleges within the area of Notting Hill including the Fox Primary School rated outstanding by Ofsted. The Wetherby School with a rating of 'Good' on their Ofsted Report. Outstanding secondary education can be found at Holland Park School and Lansdowne College.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.