“ Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (W11, W10, W2). Notting Hill is popular, not only for the "Notting Hill Carnival" and "Portobello Market", but also due to the hit movie "Notting Hill"(1999). „
Today Notting Hill is one indisputably of the most funkiest,multi-ethnic and trendy areas of London. Numerous celebrities from the world of pop music,fashion,theatre and tennis have chosen to live there and the place has long been home to perhaps the best known flea market in town,the Portobello Road. At this lively,brash,noisy,popular,street market you can browse for hours through a host of stalls selling the likes of antiques, bric-a-brac, designer clothes,china,clocks,maps,books, and numerous other odds and ends. Notting Hill is also home to a fantastic,exuberant,carnival that,I believe,is the second biggest in the world.It draws in people from all over.Many movie buffs will know that the much acclained romantic comedy that starred Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts was mostly shot on location in the place it is named after. Notting Hill was a resounding box office success. Notting Hill is a good joint for shopping. There are some good book shops , charity shop,chemists,greengrocers,wine bars,and loads of great eateries and trendy pubs. A great place to set aside for a day visit if you are in London.
Straight down Bayswater Road past Hyde Park you come across one of the few 'villages' within London, Notting Hill. As soon as you enter Notting Hill you can feel the atmosphere change, gone is the hustle and bustle of the city, and here are the little antique shops, patisseries, chic boutiques and restaurants. Notting Hill boasts good public transport, and you can ride the tube (Central, District and Circle lines) or the many buses that pass through the area. I suppose the most famous place in Notting Hill is Portobello Road, which houses one of the most famous market in London. Portobello Road Market is like any other market on weekdays, with its fruit and veg, clothes, household products, and of course fish. Then, at the weekend, Portobello Market changes into the biggest antique market in London. People come from all over the world to visit, and they are not disappointed. If, on your visit, you wish to steer clear of the tourist trap and see the 'real' Notting Hill then you must visit The Pharmacy at The Gate, it has the most unusual interior, and the prices aren’t too bad. Many of the local residents, including the famous ones, eat here. I'm told Madonna eats there regularly, or at least she did up until a month ago. Coins Restaurant in Talbot Road used to be the 'in' place, and locals would go there for their breakfast, it has changed owners, and it's relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and good menu has now gone - so steer clear of that one. Notting Hill gate is a very bohemian area, with residents from all walks of life, and yes it has more than it's share of rich and famous, including Damon Alburn, Gail Porter, Jamie Theakston, and many more. The disadvantage of Notting Hill as a place to live is the fact that it's geared up to the 'financially cushioned', it has no supermarkets, and only a handful of small grocers. The main one is Ha
rts on Holland Park, which is very much like Cullens even in it's design, and especially in it's prices. House prices in Notting Hill are high, as in most nice areas in London, the average house price in Notting Hill is £560 000 and rising. The most expensive house that has been sold in the last month was a house in Clarendon Road which went for a massive 4.5 Million. The road which has experienced the biggest rises in recent years is Elgin Crescent, a lovely little road with houses painted in pastel colours almost exclusive of Notting Hill. If however, you go towards Ladbrook Grove, you hit the poorer end of Notting Hill, I'm told crime rates are high, and drug related crime being the highest. A friend of mine recently moved out of Notting Hill because she couldn't stand her children stepping over syringes on their way to school. Never the less, I love Notting Hill and I would move there tomorrow, finances permitting of course, it is one of the few places in London in which I feel at peace. It's a happy friendly place, and I'd love to have a W11 address, or maybe that's just the snob in me coming out.